Edison Electric Institute

Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

Background

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the trade association of U.S. electric utility companies, founded in 1933. The association operates in 50 states and the District of Columbia and also holds a number of international members.1ABOUT EEI,” EEI.org. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/SbGKD In 2013, EEI described itself as representing approximately 70% of the electric industry in the U.S.2ABOUT EEI,” EEI.org. Archived April 30, 2013. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/y63tN

Documents from 2012 revealed that EEI was part of a multi-year campaign to combat net metering policies and fight against the transition to distributed solar power, reported on by the Washington Post and the Energy and Policy Institute.3Utilities’ Anti Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked,” Energy and Policy Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Qnkkv The LA Times noted that the fight against net metering policy, which would allow businesses and homeowners with solar panels to sell excess electricity back into the grid, was being fought by a number of minority organizations that had sided with utility groups.4Evan Halper. “Minority groups back energy companies in fight against solar power,” Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2015. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/HP1u8 EEI itself has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsoring and donating to just such minority groups.5Joby Warrick. “Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar,” The Washington Post, March 7, 2015. Archived April 28, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/qw05f

EEI has worked to lobby legislators through groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, through which they have pushed to weaken net metering policies for solar power in the U.S. EEI also lobbies Congress directly under its own PowerPAC.6Edison Electric Institute: 2016 PAC Summary Data,” OpenSecrets. Search Performed April 28, 2017. 7Edison Electric Institute Campaign Against Distributed Solar,” Energy and Policy Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/OFGeU

UtilitySecrets.org, a joint project of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and the Energy and Policy Institute documents EEI‘s role in campaigning against rooftop solar power.

Stance on Climate Change

Below is the Edison Electric Institute’s official statement on climate change:8CLIMATE,” Edison Electric Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/lq2Ux

“Global climate change presents one of the biggest energy and environmental policy challenges this country has ever faced. EEI member companies are committed to addressing the challenge of climate change and have undertaken a wide range of initiatives over the last 30 years to reduce, avoid or sequester GHG emissions. Policies to address climate change should seek to minimize impacts on consumers and avoid harm to U.S. industry and the economy. As of the end of 2016, electric power sector CO2 emissions had declined nearly 25 percent from 2005 levels, driven in part by low natural gas prices, increased deployment of renewable generation and customer demands.”

March 2017

Despite EEI‘s official statement, current EEI chairman Tom Fanning denied the science of human-caused global warming in March of 2017:9Matthew J. Belvedere. “Like the new EPA chief, Southern Company’s CEO doesn’t see CO2 as main reason for climate change,” CNBC, March 28, 2017. Archived April 28, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/E8CMO

 “Has it been proven that carbon dioxide is the primary cause of climate change?” Fanning was asked on CNBC‘s “Squawk Box.”

“No, certainly not. Is climate change happening? Certainly. It has been happening for millennia,” Fanning replied. 

Funding

As part of EEI‘s campaign against distributed solar energy and net metering policy, the utility group has sent tens of thousands of dollars to organizations as part of their “action plan.” Below is a list of organizations that have received funds from the Edison Electric Institute between 2008 and 2015, according to data collected by DeSmog from publicly available 990 forms.10Edison Electric Institute Campaign Against Distributed Solar,” Energy and Policy Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/OFGeU

See the attached spreadsheet for additional information on EEI‘s donations by year (.xlsx).

Recipient20082009201020112012201320142015201620172018Grand Total
Center for Energy Workforce Development$105,000$401,455$332,943$105,000$310,261$334,491$398,975$371,077$30,000 $23,430$2,412,632
Thomas Alva Edison Foundation $32,838$69,976$65,604$355,952$149,650$276,824$148,170$146,578  $1,245,592
National LAMPAC (Labor and Management Public Affairs Committee)$96,706  $49,500$36,258$95,935$84,025$71,391$37,694$52,000$50,000$573,509
Hunton & Williams LLP    $99,877$116,114$111,044 $121,361$115,569 $563,965
Council of State Governments$10,000    $6,000$85,000$70,000$100,000$50,000 $321,000
American Council for Capital Formation$15,000$30,000$15,000$15,000$40,000$30,000$30,000 $30,000$30,000$30,000$265,000
Democratic Governors’ Association$25,000   $15,000$40,000$50,000$25,000$65,000$20,000$25,000$265,000
Alliance to Save Energy $20,000$31,000$5,000$20,000$47,500$15,000$27,500$35,000$20,000$15,000$236,000
US Chamber of Commerce    $50,000$25,050$105,000   $53,000$233,050
American Association of Blacks in Energy $25,000$10,000$25,000$25,000$10,000$15,000$25,000$30,000$30,000$25,000$220,000
Creative Coalition     $90,000  $125,000  $215,000
Keystone Center$20,000$10,000$20,000$10,500$10,000$25,000$35,000$10,000$10,000$40,000$10,000$200,500
Bipartisan Policy Center Inc     $100,000   $100,000 $200,000
IHS Global, Inc.         $100,000$100,000$200,000
Republican State Leadership Committee    $55,000$22,917$25,000 $35,000$25,000$31,250$194,167
Americans for Tax Reform      $75,000 $88,500$12,500$7,500$183,500
American Legislative Exchange Council$10,000   $20,000$39,667$58,000$15,000$11,875  $154,542
Recording Industry Association of America        $150,000  $150,000
National Conference of State Legislatures  $20,833$12,473$5,000  $20,125$34,000$37,500$15,000$144,931
Bracy Tucker Brown, Inc. $15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000 $135,000
Aspen Institute$10,000$10,000$10,000$7,400$10,000$12,000$11,200$12,000$12,000$12,000$15,000$121,600
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation$10,000$20,400$10,000$10,000$10,000$20,000$10,000$20,000  $10,000$120,400
National Urban League        $37,500$55,000$25,000$117,500
Conventions 2016        $115,000  $115,000
National Multiple Sclerosis Society National Capital Chapter$5,000$13,000$12,000$26,000$12,250$10,000$25,000$11,250   $114,500
National Black Caucus of State Legislators     $10,000$10,000$18,334 $35,000$30,000$103,334
Congressional Institute     $25,000$25,000 $25,000$27,500 $102,500
NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures$7,500    $12,500$47,500 $12,500 $22,500$102,500
Senate Presidents’ Forum     $27,000 $10,000$31,500$32,500 $101,000
Horton’s Kids Inc    $10,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$10,000$20,000$100,000
Republican Attorneys General Association      $25,000 $25,000$50,000 $100,000
Third Way$25,000$50,000$25,000        $100,000
MACRUC    $6,475$15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$96,475
All Hazards Consortium     $18,750$25,000 $25,000$25,000 $93,750
Americans for Prosperity       $7,500$22,500$30,000$30,000$90,000
Western Governors’ Association$5,000  $10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000 $15,000$15,000$15,000$90,000
So Others Might Eat   $5,000 $5,000$10,000$21,369$7,000$10,000$29,534$87,903
Electric Drive Transportation Association   $12,500$15,000$30,000$30,000    $87,500
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies   $15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$25,000   $85,000
Presidential Inaugural Committee     $85,000     $85,000
Politico    $85,000      $85,000
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute      $20,000$20,000$8,500$10,000$25,000$83,500
Environmental Council of the States    $5,000$5,000$10,000$13,000$30,000$10,000$10,000$83,000
NY Night        $82,500  $82,500
Concerts for a Cause        $80,000  $80,000
National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition$5,000  $5,000$10,000$5,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$15,000$10,000$80,000
Penton Media, Inc. and Subsidiaries       $10,000$35,000$35,000 $80,000
Prevent Cancer Foundation   $10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$80,000
Magnum Entertainment Group     $12,500  $55,000$7,500 $75,000
National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women   $15,000   $15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$75,000
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices     $75,000     $75,000
Republican Governors’ Association     $25,000$50,000    $75,000
1776 Global       $75,000   $75,000
Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute$10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$5,000$5,000$25,000    $75,000
National Association of Latino Elected Officials$25,000       $25,000$25,000 $75,000
State Government Leadership Foundation     $15,000   $55,000 $70,000
US Navy Memorial Foundation$20,000  $5,500$5,000$20,000$10,000   $6,200$66,700
The Curators of the University of Missouri         $66,000 $66,000
National Building Museum      $33,000$30,250   $63,250
Western LAMPAC (Labor and Management Public Affairs Committee)   $12,000$16,000$13,000$5,000$9,000 $8,000 $63,000
Reforming America’s Taxes Equitably         $50,000$10,000$60,000
The Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute  $10,000$10,000 $10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000  $60,000
Emerging Issues Policy Forum     $15,000$15,000 $30,000  $60,000
Floodplain Alliance for Insurance Reform        $20,000$20,000$20,000$60,000
Washington Tennis & Education Foundation     $5,500$11,000$11,000$10,000$10,000$11,125$58,625
First Church of Christ Scientist        $33,000$25,000 $58,000
NASEO       $20,000$15,000$12,500$10,000$57,500
Northwestern University      $15,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$55,000
National Energy Resources Organization $6,125$6,150 $5,650  $13,320$10,320$13,000 $54,565
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  $10,000$10,000$10,000   $12,000$12,000 $54,000
The Artists & Athletes Alliance     $10,000$10,000  $17,500$15,833$53,333
Barnes & Thornburg LLP (Federal Water Quality Coaliton)    $17,500$17,500$17,500    $52,500
Urban Alliance     $20,000  $12,500 $20,000$52,500
Rule of Law Defense Fund      $25,000 $25,000  $50,000
George W Bush Presidential Center  $10,000$15,000    $25,000  $50,000
Taste of the South Committee $15,000$15,000$10,000$5,000$5,000     $50,000
Congressional Leadership Fund          $50,000$50,000
National Conference of State Societies$5,000    $37,500   $7,500 $50,000
HM&C Center Stage        $50,000  $50,000
State Legislative Leaders Foundation    $10,000$10,000 $10,000$10,000$10,000 $50,000
Logicom        $50,000  $50,000
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation        $50,000  $50,000
National Association of Manufacturers         $50,000 $50,000
Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College $25,000$25,000        $50,000
Big Sky Night        $50,000  $50,000
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau        $50,000  $50,000
National Journal Group        $48,000  $48,000
Boy Scouts of America     $6,500$5,000$10,000$15,000$10,000 $46,500
Resources for the Future   $10,000$10,000$15,000$10,000    $45,000
United States Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce $15,000        $29,167$44,167
National Policy Alliance   $7,500$10,000   $25,000  $42,500
ASAE Center for Association Leadership   $10,500$15,000$10,000  $6,150  $41,650
Freight Rail Customer Alliance    $6,250$25,000$10,000    $41,250
A Wider Circle      $10,000$10,000$10,000 $10,000$40,000
Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy$20,000$20,000         $40,000
Consortium of Catholic Academies   $5,000$5,000$10,000$20,000    $40,000
State Policy Network      $10,000 $15,000 $15,000$40,000
Carbon Utilization Research Council     $20,000$20,000    $40,000
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators$25,000   $15,000      $40,000
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association     $20,000$20,000    $40,000
First Energy Corporation        $40,000  $40,000
Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs       $10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$40,000
Nuclear Energy Institute       $13,935$12,583$12,312 $38,830
Peregrine Fund         $30,000$8,000$38,000
Volta Live Inc    $7,500$10,000$10,000$10,000   $37,500
Detroit Public Television $37,500         $37,500
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee      $27,000$10,000   $37,000
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)       $15,000$10,000$12,000 $37,000
Capital Area Reach Program   $5,000 $11,000$10,000$10,000   $36,000
Leadership Conference Education Fund$5,000    $10,000$10,000$10,000   $35,000
The Latino Coalition        $10,000$25,000 $35,000
American Federation Of Labor & Congress Of Industrial Orgs$5,000  $15,000 $10,000$5,000    $35,000
Halle J Mayes DBA Shiny Star        $35,000  $35,000
Georgia Tech Foundation         $35,000 $35,000
Blue Convention Events Fund        $35,000  $35,000
United Way of the National Capital Area   $5,000 $5,000$5,000  $5,533$10,000$30,533
Boys & Girls Clubs of America         $15,100$15,000$30,100
The Washington Literacy Council$5,000$7,500$7,500$10,000       $30,000
Council of Great Lakes Industries    $15,000$15,000     $30,000
Johns Hopkins University$5,000   $10,000$10,000$5,000    $30,000
Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment   $5,000$5,000$5,000$5,000   $10,000$30,000
Alzheimer’s Association      $5,000  $10,000$14,193$29,193
Congressional Sports for Charity        $10,000$8,000$10,000$28,000
Utility Arborist Association    $22,500$5,000     $27,500
Washington Post Media Live       $25,000   $25,000
Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research    $5,000$8,000$6,000  $6,000 $25,000
Pollinator Partnership  $10,000 $5,000$5,000$5,000    $25,000
PHI Community Foundation$5,000  $5,000$5,000$5,000$5,000    $25,000
Rev the Vote       $25,000   $25,000
NALEO Education Fund          $25,000$25,000
National Black Chamber of Commerce   $15,000 $10,000     $25,000
Democratic Leadership Council$25,000          $25,000
National Conference of Black Mayors$5,000$10,000$10,000        $25,000
Coalition for a Fiscally Sound America   $25,000       $25,000
Communications Institute $25,000         $25,000
March of Dimes Foundation     $25,000     $25,000
Democratic Attorneys General Assoc      $25,000    $25,000
Santa Fe Community Foundation          $25,000$25,000
Mid American Regulatory Conference     $5,000   $10,000$10,000$25,000
International Emissions Trading Association       $15,000 $7,851 $22,851
National Energy Resources Organization (NERO)      $5,600   $17,000$22,600
Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners      $5,000$7,500  $10,000$22,500
World Conference of Mayors    $5,000$10,000$6,000    $21,000
National Multiple Sclerosis Society        $10,000 $10,900$20,900
Red River Productions        $20,000  $20,000
National Foundation for Women Legislators          $20,000$20,000
D&P Creative Strategies        $20,000  $20,000
Energy Systems Integration Group       $10,000$10,000  $20,000
National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition     $10,000$10,000    $20,000
Institute for Education    $10,000$5,000$5,000    $20,000
A Celebration of Chicago LLC     $10,000  $8,500  $18,500
Children’s Charities Foundation Inc$7,500$10,500         $18,000
National Park Foundation      $10,000$7,500   $17,500
STEM4US      $10,000$7,500   $17,500
Stanford University          $16,000$16,000
Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy         $15,000 $15,000
US Conference of Mayors         $15,000 $15,000
Western Caucus Foundation        $15,000  $15,000
Environment for the Americas          $15,000$15,000
Women in Government$10,000     $5,000    $15,000
NASUCA          $15,000$15,000
Electrical Safety Foundation International Inc$5,000  $5,000$5,000      $15,000
California State Society of Washington     $7,500   $7,500 $15,000
Midwest Governors Association     $7,500$7,500    $15,000
National Hispanic Environmental Council$15,000          $15,000
Community Leaders of America          $15,000$15,000
Public Affairs Council      $6,000 $8,000  $14,000
Edwin D. Hill Charitable Trust       $14,000   $14,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology         $13,500 $13,500
Social Enterprises Inc     $7,500  $5,175  $12,675
Volunteer Florida Foundation          $12,500$12,500
Southern States Energy Board   $7,500 $5,000     $12,500
Center for American Leadership          $12,000$12,000
American Consumer Insitute Center for Citizen Research      $12,000    $12,000
Coalition for Tax Equity     $12,000     $12,000
American Football Coaches Foundation          $11,000$11,000
Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne$5,000     $5,000    $10,000
Meridian International Center     $10,000     $10,000
Integrated Design & Electronics Academy Public Charter School      $10,000    $10,000
Friends for Steve Sisolak          $10,000$10,000
Securing America’s Future Energy     $10,000     $10,000
Washington Performing Arts Society      $10,000    $10,000
Fund for American Studies      $10,000    $10,000
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars     $10,000     $10,000
Congressional Management Foundation    $10,000      $10,000
Ducey Victory Fund Committee          $10,000$10,000
State Government Affairs Council     $5,000$5,000    $10,000
N Street Village, Inc       $10,000   $10,000
Catalyst$5,000     $5,000    $10,000
Roosevelt Institute          $10,000$10,000
The Administrators Of The Tulane Educational Fund       $10,000   $10,000
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA)     $5,000$5,000    $10,000
The Boston Police Foundation         $10,000 $10,000
African American Mayors Association         $10,000 $10,000
Conservation Fund         $10,000 $10,000
Mideast LAMPAC (Labor and Management Public Affairs Committee)     $5,000$5,000    $10,000
HBW Resources         $10,000 $10,000
Citizens Against Government Waste          $10,000$10,000
United States Energy Association   $5,000 $5,000     $10,000
Midwest LAMPAC (Labor and Management Public Affairs Committee)     $5,000$5,000    $10,000
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc   $10,000       $10,000
Monumental Scholars Fund         $10,000 $10,000
Hispanics in Energy     $10,000     $10,000
Communities Foundation of Oklahoma Inc     $10,000     $10,000
Institute for Energy Research        $10,000  $10,000
Newsom for California Governor          $10,000$10,000
Republican Mayors & Local Officials$10,000          $10,000
Nick’s Kids Foundation        $10,000  $10,000
Southeast LAMPAC (Labor and Management Public Affairs Committee)     $5,000$5,000    $10,000
Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow$8,000          $8,000
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation          $7,500$7,500
Transportation Energy Partnership     $7,500     $7,500
US CHP Association         $7,500 $7,500
Community Partners          $7,500$7,500
National Hydropower Association         $7,500 $7,500
DC Public Education Fund       $7,500   $7,500
INVINCEA         $7,500 $7,500
Energy Transition Forum Ltd         $7,500 $7,500
Association of National Advertisers     $7,100     $7,100
North American Energy Standards Board     $7,000     $7,000
North American Metals Council     $7,000     $7,000
American Red Cross          $6,560$6,560
Watson & Renner        $6,258  $6,258
NMSU Foundation      $6,000    $6,000
American National Standards Institute     $5,945     $5,945
Humane Rescue Alliance          $5,900$5,900
Apple Tree Institute for Education (Amazon)    $5,821      $5,821
Logomotion         $5,411 $5,411
The Breakers Palm Beach         $5,024 $5,024
Southern California Edison Company   $5,000       $5,000
Canadian-American Business Council     $5,000     $5,000
National Forest Foundation     $5,000     $5,000
First Tee$5,000          $5,000
National Association of Black Journalists      $5,000    $5,000
Utilities Telecom Council   $5,000       $5,000
Homeless Children’s Playtime Project      $5,000    $5,000
Business Institute for Political Analysis     $5,000     $5,000
Michigan State Society$5,000          $5,000
Fight for Children Inc    $5,000      $5,000
National Organization of Black County Officials$5,000          $5,000
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance$5,000          $5,000
The Salvation Army$5,000          $5,000
Leadership Greater Washington Inc   $5,000       $5,000
Center for Automotive Research   $5,000       $5,000
Earth Island Institute     $5,000     $5,000
Atlantic Council of US     $5,000     $5,000
Hawks Aloft Inc   $5,000       $5,000
Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy      $5,000    $5,000
Dovetail Partners Inc.      $5,000    $5,000
Tree Fund     $5,000     $5,000
National Labor College   $5,000       $5,000
Keep Memory Alive      $5,000    $5,000
Points of Light Foundation   $5,000       $5,000
National Assoc of Neighborhoods     $5,000     $5,000
National Safety Council    $5,000      $5,000
Wheaton College$5,000          $5,000
Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta$5,000          $5,000
Faith and Politics Institute   $5,000       $5,000
Edison Preservation Foundation   $5,000       $5,000
Utah State University      $5,000    $5,000
Grand Total$609,706$809,318$685,402$681,977$1,512,294$2,243,119$2,340,168$1,458,221$2,651,494$1,796,800$1,243,592$16,032,091

Minority Group Funding

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has regularly funded a subset of minority and women’s groups, and has served as a regular sponsor to events like the annual conference of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). Fueling US Forward (FUSF) is another regular funder of AABE‘s event , and has a similar strategy of funding minority groups while promoting the advantage of fossil fuels over renewables. Below is a breakdown of minority and women’s groups that EEI has funded, based on 990 forms:

Recipient20082009201020112012201320142015201620172018Grand Total
American Association of Blacks in Energy $25,000$10,000$25,000$25,000$10,000$15,000$25,000$30,000$30,000$25,000$220,000
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation$10,000$20,400$10,000$10,000$10,000$20,000$10,000$20,000  $10,000$120,400
National Black Caucus of State Legislators     $10,000$10,000$18,334 $35,000$30,000$103,334
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute      $20,000$20,000$8,500$10,000$25,000$83,500
National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women   $15,000   $15,000$15,000$15,000$15,000$75,000
Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute$10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$5,000$5,000$25,000    $75,000
National Association of Latino Elected Officials$25,000       $25,000$25,000 $75,000
United States Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce $15,000        $29,167$44,167
Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs       $10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000$40,000
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators$25,000   $15,000      $40,000
The Latino Coalition        $10,000$25,000 $35,000
Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment   $5,000$5,000$5,000$5,000   $10,000$30,000
National Conference of Black Mayors$5,000$10,000$10,000        $25,000
National Black Chamber of Commerce   $15,000 $10,000     $25,000
National Hispanic Environmental Council$15,000          $15,000
Women in Government$10,000     $5,000    $15,000
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc   $10,000       $10,000
African American Mayors Association         $10,000 $10,000
Hispanics in Energy     $10,000     $10,000
National Organization of Black County Officials$5,000          $5,000
National Association of Black Journalists      $5,000    $5,000
Grand Total$105,000$80,400$40,000$90,000$60,000$70,000$95,000$108,334$98,500$160,000$154,167$1,061,401

Independent Contractors

According to tax records, EEI regularly hires independent contractors for “consulting,” media placement, and advertising services among others:

Contractor20082009201020112012201320142015201620172018Grand Total
Hunton & Williams$7,589,636$7,706,867$7,433,283$8,780,353$8,709,556$8,158,767$8,862,812$7,827,521$8,714,713$7,759,501 $81,543,009
Venable, LLP$2,085,992$2,014,274$3,301,688$2,543,419$2,398,710$2,922,429$3,246,504$3,376,547$2,833,661$3,182,127$3,589,553$31,494,904
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP          $8,644,159$8,644,159
Democracy Data & Communications    $548,163 $1,326,106 $1,086,988$941,902$549,616$4,452,775
The Hawthorn Group LC        $3,000,000  $3,000,000
Nossaman LLP        $754,571$737,619$783,769$2,275,959
OCE Business Services$649,139$503,025$474,172$589,460       $2,215,796
Daniel J Edelman Inc    $683,183$1,091,122     $1,774,305
GC Strategic Advocacy Inc$1,100,597$543,940         $1,644,537
Skadden ARPS Slate Meagher & Flom  $829,728   $462,561    $1,292,289
ICF Resources Inc  $463,415$465,056       $928,471
Chertoff Group LLC     $373,956$445,548    $819,504
CRA International Inc$759,469          $759,469
NET Communications       $750,599   $750,599
Hargrove         $672,412 $672,412
Diplomat Hotle Lessee LLC       $516,521   $516,521
Winston & Strawn LLP   $516,310       $516,310
R & R Partners Inc     $515,811     $515,811
Miller & Chevalier Chartered          $479,612$479,612
Human Resources Research Organization $474,524         $474,524
Sloane & Company LLC       $391,995   $391,995
Crowell & Moring LLP    $324,887      $324,887
Grand Total$12,184,833$11,242,630$12,502,286$12,894,598$12,664,499$13,062,085$14,343,531$12,863,183$16,389,933$13,293,561$14,046,709$145,487,848

990 Forms

Key People

View the attached spreadsheet for more information on Board Members, Leadership and compensation by year (.xlsx).

Leadership

According to available records from the Edison Electric Institute’s website:

Name2011201220132014201520162017Description
Brian L. WolffYYYYYYYExecutive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs
​David K. OwensYYYYYYYExecutive Vice President, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs
John S. SchlenkerYYYYYYYChief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Kathryn A. SteckelbergYYYYYYYVice President, Government Relations
Mary D. MillerYYYYYYYChief Administrative Officer
Quinlan J. Shea, IIIYYYYYYYVice President, Environment
Richard F. McMahon, Jr.YYYYYYYVice President, Energy Supply and Finance 
Richard S. TempchinYYYYYYYExecutive Director, Retail Energy Services
Thomas R. KuhnYYYYYYYPresident.
Jim Owen  YYYYYExecutive Director, Member Relations and Meeting Services
Tom Fanning  YYYYYEEI Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company
Chris Crane    YYYEEI Vice Chairman. President and CEO, Exelon Corporation.
Gregory E. Abel     YYEEI Vice Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Lawrence E. Jones     YYVice President, International Programs
Pat Vincent-Collawn     YYEEI Vice Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, PNM Resources
​Philip D. Moeller     YYSenior Vice President, Energy Delivery and Chief Customer Solutions Officer
Emily Sanford Fisher      YVice President, Law and Corporate Secretary
Scott I. Aaronson      YExecutive Director, Security and Business Continuity
Brian V. McCormackYYYYYY Vice President, Political and External Affairs
Edward H. ComerYYYYYY Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
James P. FamaYYYYYY Vice President, Energy Delivery
Nick Akins  YYYY EEI Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, American Electric Power
John J. Easton, Jr.YYYYY  Jr., Vice President, International Programs
Theodore F. Craver, Jr. YYYY  EEI Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, Edison International
Michael W. YackiraYYYY   EEI Chairman. President and CEO, NV Energy
Lewis Hay IIIYY     EEI Chairman. Chairman, NextEra Energy, Inc. 
Lynn H. LeMasterYY     Senior Vice President, Policy and Chief of Staff
Bill JohnsonY      EEI Vice Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, Progress Energy, Inc.
Thomas F. Farrell IIY      EEI Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, Dominion

Board Members

The following board members were listed on EEI‘s 990 tax forms between 2004 and 2015.

Name200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015Title
Gale E. KlappaYYYYYYYYYYYYMember
Thomas J. MayYYYYYYYYYYYYMember
Thomas KuhnYYYYYYYYYYYYPresident
Anthony J. Alexander YYYYYYYYYYYMember
David R. Emery YYYYYYYYYYYMember
Thomas F. Farrell, II YYYYYYYYYYYMember
David OwensY YYYYYYYYYYExecutive VP, Business Operations
Edward ComerY YYYYYYYYYYVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
John Easton Jr.Y YYYYYYYYYYVP, International Programs
Mary Miller  YYYYYYYYYYChief Administrative Officer
James P. Torgerson   YYYYYYYYYMember
Ralph Izzo   YYYYYYYYYMember
Donald E. Brandt    YYYYYYYYMember
James Fama    YYYYYYYYVP, Energy Delivery
John F. Young    YYYYYYYYMember
Kathy Steckelberg    YYYYYYYYVP, Government Relations
Peter B. Delaney    YYYYYYYYMember
Quinlan Shea III    YYYYYYYYVP, Environment
Richard McMahon    YYYYYYYYVP, Energy Supply & Finance
Scott L. Morris    YYYYYYYYMember
Theodore F. Craver, Jr.    YYYYYYYYChair/Member
Thomas B. King    YYYYYYYYMember
Bruce A. WilliamsonY    YYYYYYYMember
Brian Wolff     YYYYYYYExecutive VP, Public Policy & Extern
Charles A. Schrock     YYYYYYYMember
Constance H. Lau     YYYYYYYMember
Gary J. Wolter     YYYYYYYMember
Gregory E. Abel     YYYYYYYVice Chair
James J. Piro     YYYYYYYMember
Joseph L. Welch     YYYYYYYMember
Joseph M. Rigby     YYYYYYYMember
Mary G. Powell     YYYYYYYMember
Philip Barnhard, IV     YYYYYYYMember
John Schlenker      YYYYYYChief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Alan R. Hodnik       YYYYYMember
Andres R. Gluski       YYYYYMember
Benjamin G.S. Fowke, III       YYYYYMember
Bradley P. Beecher       YYYYYMember
Brian McCormack       YYYYYVP, Political & External Affairs
Carl L. Chapman       YYYYYMember
Christopher M. Crane       YYYYYVice Chair
Christopher P. Johns       YYYYYMember
David L. Goodin       YYYYYMember
Gerard M. Anderson       YYYYYMember
Gerry Chasse       YYYYYMember
James Owen       YYYYYExecutive Director, Member Relations
John C. Procario       YYYYYMember
John G. Russell       YYYYYMember
Kimberly J. Harris       YYYYYMember
Mark A. Ruelle       YYYYYMember
Nicholas K. Akins       YYYYYVice Chair/Chair
Patricia K. Vincent-Collawn       YYYYYVice Chair
Richard Riazzi       YYYYYMember
Richard Tempchin       YYYYYExecutive Director, Retail Energy Services
Robert C. Rowe       YYYYYMember
Robert D. Kump       YYYYYMember
Robert G. Schoenberger       YYYYYMember
Thomas A. Fanning       YYYYYVice Chair
Jim L. Stanley        YYYYMember
Kevin B. Marsh        YYYYMember
Patricia Leonard Kampling        YYYYMember
Thomas V. Shockely, III        YYYYMember
William H. Spence        YYYYMember
Jeff M. Householder         YYYMember
Scott Aaronson         YYYSenior Director, National Security Policy
Terry D. Bassham         YYYMember
James P. Laurito YYYYYY   YYMember
Darrel T. Anderson          YYMember
David A. Campbell          YYMember
David G. Hutchens          YYMember
Francesco Venturini          YYMember
Ian Robertson          YYMember
James L. Robo          YYMember
John J. McAvoy          YYMember
Lynn J. Good          YYMember
Paul Segal          YYMember
Robert F. Beard          YYMember
Scott M. Prochazka          YYMember
Stephanie Voyda          YYManaging Director, Communications
Thomas Dunn          YYMember
Warner L. Baxter          YYMember
J. Bruce Brown       Y   YDeputy General Counsel
Alan Richardson           YMember
Barbara Siehr           YMember
Charles E. Jones           YMember
Charles S. Macfarlane           YMember
Geisha J. Williams           YMember
John J. Donleavy           YMember
Lawrence Jones           YVP, International Programs
Margaret E. Felts           YMember
Michael Rowe           YMember
Nicole A. Kivisto           YMember
Paul A. Farr           YMember
R. Sean Trauschke           YMember
Violet G. Sistovaris           YMember
Steven V. LantYYYYYYYYYYY Director
James E. Rogers YYYYYYYYYY Director
J. Lamont Keen  YYYYYYYYY Director
Kevin Burke  YYYYYYYYY Director
David M. McClanahanY   YYYYYYY Director
Michael W Yackira    YYYYYYY Chair
Christopher L. DuttonYYYY YYYYYY Director
Thomas R. Voss     YYYYYY Director
Tim McLeod     YYYYYY Director
Paul J. Bonavia      YYYYY Director
Edward J. McIntyre       YYYY Director
John B. Ramil       YYYY Director
John Walsh         YY Director
Leo P. Denault         YY Director
Marc Razeghi          Y CIO
W. Kirk Baker          Y Director
Charles W. ShiveryYYYYYYYYYY  Director
Lewis Hay IIIYYYYYYYYYY  Vice Chair/Chair
Lon R. Greenberg     YYYYY  Director
William H. Sheppard     YYYYY  Director
Rod West       YYY  Director
Michael J. Chesser   YYYYY Y  Director
Sadegh Razeghi    YYYY Y  CIO
Ames L. Robo         Y  Director
James Roewer         Y  Director, USWAG
Mayo A. Shattuck IIIYYYYYYYYY   Director
Patric O’KelleyYYYYYYYYY   Former VP CFO & Treasurer
William D. Harvey YYYYYYYY   Director
Lynn LemasterY YYYYYYY   Former Chief of Staff-Business Operations
James H. Miller  YYYYYYY   Director
Edward R. Muller    YYYYY   Director
William D. Johnson    YYYYY   Vice Chair
David W. Stevens       YY   Director
Jimmy Staton       YY   Director
Lawrence J. Reilly       YY   Director
Bill Fang        Y   Deputy General Counsel
Edwin AnthonyYYYYYYYY    VP, Corporate Affairs
John D. EricksonYYYYYYYY    Director
John W. RoweYYYYYYYY    Director
Paul J. EvansonYYYYYYYY    Director
Robert H. YoungYYYYYYYY    Director
Stephen P. ReynoldsYYYYYYYY    Director
William L. GipsonYYYYYYYY    Director
Michael G. Morris YYYYYYY    Director
Michael H. Madison YYYYYYY    Director
Peter A. Darbee YYYYYYY    Director
Richard C. Kelly  YYYYYY    Chair
Paul M. Barbas   YYYYY    Director
William B. Moore   YYYYY    Director
Matthew W. Sunseri       Y    Director
Maurice T. Klefeker       Y    Director
Robert J.S. Hanf       Y    Director
Anthony F. Earley Jr.YYYYYYY     Chair
Curtis L. Hebert Jr.YYYYYYY     Director
David M. RatcliffeYYYYYYY     Director
David W. JoosYYYYYYY     Director
Dennis R. WraaseYYYYYYY     Director
Donald J. ShipparYYYYYYY     Director
Gary L. RainwaterYYYYYYY     Director
James S. PignatelliYYYYYYY     Director
Jeffry E. SterbaYYYYYYY     Director
Jose M. DelgadoYYYYYYY     Director
Paul HanrahanYYYYYYY     Director
Victor A. StaffieriYYYYYYY     Director
Sherril W. Hudson YYYYYY     Director
Marshall BrierY YYYYY     VP, Policy
Peggy Y. Fowler  YYYYY     Director
Walker Nolan  YYYYY     Past Executive VP, Policy
Eileen O. Odum    YYY     Director
David Goodin     YY     Director
John Procario     YY     Director
Melissa Davis     YY     Director
Niel C. Ellerbrook     YY     Director
Peter J. Donleavy     YY     Director
Richard A. Muench     YY     Director
Ron Clemens     YY     Senior Director, Gov Affa
Michael J. HansonYYYY  Y     Director
Robert W. Rowe     Y      Director
T. Michael MayYYYYY       Member of the Board
William McCollam Jr  YYY       Past President
Dianne Munns    Y       Exec Dir, Retal Service
Alan J. FohrerYYYY        Member of the Board
Gary G. ElyYYYY        Member of the Board
Jack E. DavisYYYY        Member of the Board
Robert B. McGeheeYYYY        Member of the Board
Steven E. MooreYYYY        Member of the Board
Walter M. HigginsYYYY        Member of the Board
Bruce T. Imsdahl YYY        Member of the Board
David A. McClanaham YYY        Member of the Board
Carl D. BehnkeY YY        Former Director
Cornell R. Bozek  YY        Former Director
David L. Swanson  YY        Former Director
John J. Keasey  YY        Former Director
Justin Karp  YY        Former Director
Loring E. Mills  YY        Former Director
Michael T. McCall  YY        Member of the Board
Peter Kelsey  YY        Former Director
Randal Ihara  YY        Former Director
Thomas D. Morron  YY        Former Director
Mark T. Maassel   Y        Member of the Board
Richard Braatz   Y        Former Director
Steve Holiday   Y        Member of the Board
Gary HedrickYYY         Member of the Board
James S. Haines Jr.YYY         Member of the Board
Larry L. WeyersYYY         Member of the Board
Michael ChesserYYY         Member of the Board
Michael E. JesanisYYY         Member of the Board
Robert CatellYYY         Member of the Board
David L. Sokol YY         Member of the Board
Herrick J. Young  Y         Former Director
Robert Baum  Y         Former Director
C. John WilderYY          Member of the Board
Eugene R. McGrathYY          Member of the Board
Jan B. PackwoodYY          Member of the Board
Judith A. JohansenYY          Member of the Board
Robert BuschYY          Member of the Board
Ruth G. ShawYY          Member of the Board
William F. HechtYY          Member of the Board
Wayne H. Brunetti Y          Member of the Board
Daniel LandguthY           Director
David EpplerY           Director
E.J. NeumannY           Vice President
Morgan O’BrienY           Director
Ronald TiptonY           Director
Thomas E. CappsY           Director

Actions

October 31–November 12, 2021

EEI attended the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, according to the official provisional list of registered participants (PLOP).11“Provisional list of registered participants” (PDF)UNFCCC, November 1, 2021. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

Listed EEI representatives included:

  • Brian Wolff
  • Eric Holdsworth
  • Gerard Anderson
  • Kristen Ludecke

May 2018

According to documents reviewed by DeSmog, in June 2017 EEI invited the Department of Interior’s Vincent DeVito to attend a meeting in Boston.12Dear Mr. Secretary,” Edison Electric Institute, May 10, 2017. Retrieved from DocumentCloud. The invitation was signed by EEI President Thomus Kuhn and sent by Michael Whatley, a lobbyist for HBW Resources, which runs the fossil fuel-backed front group Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), of which EEI is also a member. DeVito’s calendar and travel documents were released in May as the result of an open records request.13Members,” Consumer Energy Alliance. Archived May 23, 2018. Archive.is URL: https://archive.li/LctdH

According to the invitation, EEI was looking for insights about “easing barriers” to siting energy infrastructure such as transmission lines and gas pipelines. “[W]e also would appreciate  your thoughts on ongoing regulatory reform efforts generally, including potential changes to species and avian regulatory frameworks in particular,” the letter added. as well as on “regulatory reform.” In a follow-up email, an EEI staff member asked DeVito to attend EEI’s closed-to-the-public natural resources subcommittee meeting, which would discuss “ways to streamline federal permitting processes on public lands.”14Re: EEI Annual Conference Invitation,” June 7, 2017. Retrieved from DocumentCloud.

Lobbying records indicate Michael Whatley was registered to lobby the Department of the Interior (DOI) on behalf of the CEA at the time he sent the invitation to DeVito. According to Dave Anderson, policy and communications manager at the watchdog group Energy and Policy Institute, this was potentially the first evidence of HBW Resources and CEA working directly for EEI:15Lobbying Report for HBW Resources, Q1 2017. Retrieved from the United States Senate Lobbying Disclosure database.

The documents show Whatley using his insider status within the Trump administration to communicate on behalf of his client, a powerful electric utility industry association,” said Anderson. “So to connect the dots: here you have Whatley sharing a personal invite from Tom Kuhn, the president of EEI, for Trump’s Interior Department to discuss deregulation at the utility industry’s largest annual events. All the while, EEI is also working with the oil and gas industry on such campaigns as countering public concerns about pipelines and fracking.” 

March 14, 2017

EEI hosted a fundraiser to benefit Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. DeSmog reported that the cheapest seats ran $1,000, and ranged up to $25,000 for the dinner. Earlier the same day, EEI held a lunchtime fundraiser for Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Greg Walden ($1,000 per individual; $2,500 per PAC. 16Ben Jervey. “Electric Utility Executives Pony up for the GOP Roll Back of Environmental Protections,DeSmog, March 15, 2017.

The event was exposed by UtilitySecrets.org, a joint project launched shortly before by the Center for Media and Democracy and the Energy and Policy Institute.17Utilities Cementing Influence With GOP Leadership Via Fundraisers,” Utility Secrets, March 14, 2017. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/V8c2D

At the same time that Republicans in Congress are rolling back environmental protections, the fat cat CEOs from electric utilities are writing big checks for Republican leadership,” said Nick Surgey, research director at the Center for Media and Democracy. “The utilities might occasionally talk a good game on the environment, but those words are meaningless when they continue to fund politicians who are standing in the way of positive change to tackle climate change.”18Ben Jervey. “Electric Utility Executives Pony up for the GOP Roll Back of Environmental Protections,DeSmog, March 15, 2017.

October 2, 2016

A leaked audio recording, obtained by UtilitySecrets.org, reveals Todd Wynn, EEI‘s Director of External Affairs, urging the State Policy Network (SPN) to “get involved” in supporting policy changes to combat rooftop solar growth along with Public Utility Commissions.19David Pomerantz. “Audio: Edison Electric Institute ‎Director of External Affairs Enlists Third-Parties To Help Attack Rooftop Solar,” UtilitySecrets.org, March 7, 2017. Archived April 25, 2017. Archived .mp3 on file at DeSmog. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/RC4sp

UtilitySecrets.org obtained the audio from the “Energy/Environment Leadership Summit,” on October 2, 2016. The annual event is organized by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy and occurs alongside the SPN‘s Annual meeting. Listen to audio below:20David Pomerantz. “Audio: Edison Electric Institute ‎Director of External Affairs Enlists Third-Parties To Help Attack Rooftop Solar,” UtilitySecrets.org, March 7, 2017. Archived April 25, 2017. Archived .mp3 on file at DeSmog. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/RC4sp

February 12, 2014

EEI was one of many energy interests referenced in thousands of emails of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, now head of the EPA under the Trump administration. The emails were published by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), and obtained as part of a Open Records Act request.21Steve Horn. “Thousands of Emails from Oklahoma Office of Trump EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Published,DeSmog, February 22, 2017. 22OKLAHOMA AG RELEASES 7,564 PAGES IN RESPONSE TO CMD REQUEST,The Centre for Media and Democracy, February 22, 2017. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/iu4Ch

In an email dated February 12, 2014, EEI had emailed Pruitt’s office to request an article for the Air and Waste Management Association Journal on the topic of regional haze. When Pruitt’s spokesman said the office will not be able to make the deadline, the EEI official replied that it wasn’t a problem as it could “be cut and paste from past editorials and court filings, language that has already been approved in the past.”23Steve Horn. “Thousands of Emails from Oklahoma Office of Trump EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Published,DeSmog, February 22, 2017.

Pruitt Emails

Image Credit: Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General

While it didn’t appear that Pruitt’s office wrote the article, a February 2014 email from Stuart Solomon, President of the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, personally thanked Pruitt for helping to push the EPA to withdraw its implementation plan for regional haze:24Produce Box 5 Redacted,” Contributed to DocumentCloud Center for Media and Democracy.

Image Credit: Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General

January 2014

ALEC produced model legislation titled “Updating Net Metering Policies Resolution“ combatting net metering policy.25UPDATING NET METERING POLICIES RESOLUTION,” ALEC. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/nmtc3 EPI‘s Gabe Elsner contacted the Edison Electric Institute and confirmed from EEI‘s Rick Tempchin that EEI‘s Brian McCormack had “worked with them on the resolution.”  EEI is a regular sponsor of ALEC‘s conferences, ranging from $7,000 to $25,000.26Gabe Elsner. “The Campaign Against Net Metering: ALEC and Utility Interests’ Next Attack on Clean Energy Surfaces in Arizona,” Energy and Policy Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/irTdW

ALEC also received $10,000 from EEI in 2008, $20,000 in 2012, and $39,667 in 2013.27Edison Electric Institute Campaign Against Distributed Solar,” Energy and Policy Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/OFGeU

July 2013

The Critical Consumer Issues Forum (CCIF), a forum created in 2010 to bring together state commissioners, consumer advocates, and representatives from electric utilities, issued a report “Policy Considerations Related to Distributed Energy Resources,” which called for a reevaluation of distributed energy resource policies and net metering. The Energy and Policy Instiute (EPI) noted that EEI‘s Executive Vice President David Owens, as well as one of three members of the executive committee, were all part of CCIF‘s leadership.282013 CCIF Report,” Contributed to DocumentCloud by Matt Kasper, Energy & Policy Institute. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog. 29Edison Electric Institute Campaign Against Distributed Solar,” Energy and Policy Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/OFGeU

EPI reported on another avenue of the EEI‘s influence through institutes contained in public U.S. Universities. For example, the Edison Electric Institute hosts courses at the Public Utility Institute (PUI) at the University of Wisconsin including a “Electric Rate Advanced Course” featuring what EPI describes as a “reoccurring cast of influencers” including Eric Ackerman (EEIEEI).302013 EEI Electric Rate Advanced Course: Rates to Meet New Market Opportunities and Constraints » Wisconsin Public Utility Institute,” Contributed to DocumentCloud by Energy & Policy Institute. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

Course topics have included “Rate Design for Distributed Energy” and “Energy Efficiency and Renewables.” EPI noted that Commissioner Phil Montgomery, who voted in favor of increased fixed rate charges for We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service Company, and Madison Gas & Electric in Wisconsin, was a Director for both PUI and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as well as a participant at a CCIF energy summit. Montgomery’s Executive Assistant, RJ Pirlot, was also a member of the PUI‘s board.31Edison Electric Institute Campaign Against Distributed Solar,” Energy and Policy Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/OFGeU

2012–2013

EEI hired Edelman, a large public relations firm more recently known for representing companies denying man-made climate change. EEI hired the company in 2012, paying the firm $683,183 and giving them an additional $1,091,122 in 2013.32Edison Electric Institute Campaign Against Distributed Solar,” Energy and Policy Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/OFGeU

2013

EPI reported that, based on 2013 990 filings, EEI gave $10,000 to the NBCSL. The NBCSL has produced a model resolution aimed at net metering sponsored by then-Florida State Rep. Joseph Gibbons and a 2014 white paper recommending policymaker reform distributed generation policies such as net metering.33Edison Electric Institute Campaign Against Distributed Solar,” Energy and Policy Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/OFGeU

2012

EPI reported that EEI had conducted a long-term anti-distributed solar campaign designed to combat net metering policies. In 2012, during EEI‘s Board and Chief Executives Meeting, EEI‘s David Owens outlined an “Action Plan” targeting customers, state legislators, and regulators addressing what the presentation described as “obstacles to fairness.”34“2012 EEI Board and Chief Executives Meeting,” Contributed to DocumentCloud by Matt Kasper, Energy & Policy Institute. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog. 35Utilities’ Anti Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked,” Energy and Policy InstituteArchived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Qnkkv

Under a slide titled “Framing The Transition Issue,” referencing increased distributed solar, EEI asked “How do you grow earnings in this environment?” [19]

Speaking with The Washington Post, which reported the meeting’s slides in 2015, David K. Owens said:36Joby Warrick. “Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar,” The Washington Post, March 7, 2015. Archived April 28, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/qw05f

It’s not about profits; it’s about protecting customers. There are unreasonable cost shifts that do occur [with solar]. There is a grid that everyone relies on, and you have to pay for that grid and pay for that infrastructure.”

EPI commented that despite Owens’ claim that the interests of customers are at heart, based on the documents revealed by the Washington Post, “these efforts are part of a coordinated campaign to maximize utility profits, not protect ratepayers.” “Independent studies show that rooftop solar benefits all ratepayers,” EPI adds, noting recent reports in Mississippi, Nevada, Maine, and Vermont all found that distributed solar provided net benefits to ratepayers.37Utilities’ Anti Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked,” Energy and Policy InstituteArchived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Qnkkv 38Evan Halper. “Minority groups back energy companies in fight against solar power,” Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2015. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/HP1u8

The Post  also noted that, “Two-and-a-half years later, evidence of the ‘action plan’ envisioned by Edison officials can be seen in states across the country. Legislation to make net metering illegal or more costly has been introduced in nearly two dozen state houses since 2013.”39Evan Halper. “Minority groups back energy companies in fight against solar power,” Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2015. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/HP1u8

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) also played a role, with some proposals virtually word-for-word copies of the resolution drafted by the Koch-funded group. ALEC has been described as a “corporate bill mill” for just such model legislation.40Utilities’ Anti Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked,” Energy and Policy InstituteArchived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Qnkkv

EPI noted that part of the EEI‘s plan was to target minority groups with the argument, not backed up by data, that solar would negatively impact low-income communities with high electricity rates. Both the LA Times and EPI documented41Utilities’ Anti Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked,” Energy and Policy InstituteArchived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Qnkkv how EEI gave money to groups including $10,000 to the National Black Caucus of State Legislators in 2013, a total of $17,500 to the National Policy Alliance, and $120,000 to organizations run by the Congressional Black Caucus between 2008 and 2013. EPI put the total at $160,000 to minority groups in 2012 and 2013.42Utilities’ Anti Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked,” Energy and Policy InstituteArchived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Qnkkv 43Evan Halper. “Minority groups back energy companies in fight against solar power,” Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2015. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/HP1u8

December 14, 2007

The New York Times reported that EEI led opposition to a renewable electricity mandate, including an extensive lobbying campaign suggesting the bill would increase electricity rates for consumers. Joining EEI was the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Chamber of Commerce.44John M. Broder. “Industry Flexes Muscle, Weaker Energy Bill Passes,” The New York Times, December 14, 2007. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/AUIOd

The federal government jumping in now and second-guessing the states and enacting a fuel mandate in advance of economy-wide greenhouse gas regulation just wasn’t going to make it out of Congress,” EEI spokesman Dan Riedinger said.45John M. Broder. “Industry Flexes Muscle, Weaker Energy Bill Passes,” The New York Times, December 14, 2007. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/AUIOd

October 1, 2007

EEI registered a website, ProtectMyWater.org, for a group calling itself the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC).46Whois Record for ProtectMyWater.org,” DomainTools. Search performed April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/GzeJF While in operation, the website opposed an amendment to the Clean Water Act, stating that “The CWRA/ACCWA could undermine the federal-state partnership created by the Clean Water Act, giving the federal government authority over all waters of the United States.”47“Support the Clean Water Act,” Waters Advocacy Coalition. Archived January 18, 2011. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/nuBsP

The initial bill, S.787, stated that the government’s ability to keep pollution out of the nation’s waters “has been undermined by the decisions of the United States Supreme Court in Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. United States Army Corps of Engineers, 531 U.S. 159 (January 9, 2001) and Rapanos v. United States, 547 U.S. 715 (June 19, 2006), which have resulted in confusion, permitting delays, increased costs, litigation, and reduced protections for waters of the United States.”48“S. 787 [Report No. 111–361]” (PDF), 111th Congress, 2nd Session, April 2, 2009. Archived .pdf on file at Desmog.

Controlled Entities

According to recent tax filings, EEI is the “direct controlling entity” of a number of related organizations including:

  • Thomas Alva Edison Foundation
  • Center for Energy Workforce Development
  • PowerPAC of the Edison Electric Institute

U.S. Investor-Owned Utilities

The following members were listed by EEI, as of March, 2017. View the attached spreadsheet for a full list of US, International, and Associate Members of the Edison Electric Institute (.xslx).

Contact & Address

As of April, 2017:51CONTACT US,” Edison Electric Institute. Archived Arpril 28, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/7QKPU

Edison Electric Institute
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004-2696
202-508-5000

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