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. In 2013, EEI described itself as representing approximately 70% of the electric industry in the U.S. [1] , [2]

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. 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. EEI itself has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsoring and donating to just such minority groups. [20][4], [5]

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. [3][6]

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: [7]

“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.” [7]

March, 2017

Despite EEI's official statement, current EEI chairman Tom Fanning denied the science of human-caused global warming in March of 2017: [8]

 “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.  [6]

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

Recipient 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Grand Total
Center for Energy Workforce Development $105,000 $140,000 $105,000 $105,000 $105,000 $105,000 $105,000 $50,000 $820,000
Thomas Alva Edison Foundation $65,604 $303,000 $87,000 $175,000 $630,604
Hunton & Williams LLP $99,877 $116,114 $111,044 $327,035
Republican State Leadership Committee $50,000 $50,000 $55,000 $75,000 $25,000 $255,000
National LAMPAC $40,332 $49,500 $57,389 $45,000 $35,000 $227,221
Democratic Governors' Association $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $15,000 $40,000 $50,000 $25,000 $205,000
US Chamber of Commerce $50,000 $25,050 $105,000 $180,050
ACCF Center for Policy Research $15,000 $30,000 $15,000 $15,000 $40,000 $30,000 $30,000 $175,000
Council of State Governments $10,000 $6,000 $85,000 $70,000 $171,000
Alliance to Save Energy $20,000 $31,000 $5,000 $20,000 $47,500 $15,000 $27,500 $166,000
American Legislative Exchange Council $10,000 $20,000 $39,667 $58,000 $15,000 $142,667
Keystone Center $20,000 $10,000 $20,000 $10,500 $10,000 $25,000 $35,000 $10,000 $140,500
AABE $25,000 $10,000 $25,000 $25,000 $10,000 $15,000 $25,000 $135,000
National Conference of State Legislatures $7,500 $20,833 $12,473 $5,000 $12,500 $47,500 $20,125 $125,931
Democratic Attorneys General Assoc $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $15,000 $25,000 $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
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc $10,000 $20,400 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $20,000 $10,000 $20,000 $110,400
Republican Governors' Association $15,000 $15,000 $25,000 $50,000 $105,000
Campaign for Home Energy Assistance $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $105,000
Third Way $25,000 $50,000 $25,000 $100,000
Bipartisan Policy Center Inc $100,000 $100,000
Creative Coalition $90,000 $90,000
Electric Drive Transportation Association $12,500 $15,000 $30,000 $30,000 $87,500
Presidential Inaugural Committee $85,000 $85,000
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $25,000 $85,000
Politico $85,000 $85,000
Aspen Institute $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $7,400 $10,000 $12,000 $11,200 $12,000 $82,600
1776 Global $75,000 $75,000
Americans for Tax Reform $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 Governors Association Center for Best Practices $75,000 $75,000
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights $5,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $65,000
National Building Museum $33,000 $30,250 $63,250
US Navy Memorial Foundation $20,000 $5,500 $5,000 $20,000 $10,000 $60,500
Horton's Kids Inc $10,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $55,000
Western LAMPAC $12,000 $16,000 $13,000 $5,000 $9,000 $55,000
Barnes & Thornburg LLP (Federal Water Quality Coaliton) $17,500 $17,500 $17,500 $52,500
MACRUC $6,475 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $51,475
Prevent Cancer Foundation $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $50,000
Harvard University John F Kennedy School of Government $25,000 $25,000 $50,000
Taste of the South $15,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $5,000 $50,000
The Congressional Institute Inc $25,000 $25,000 $50,000
The Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $50,000
Western Governors' Association $5,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $45,000
Resources for the Future $10,000 $10,000 $15,000 $10,000 $45,000
National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition $5,000 $5,000 $10,000 $5,000 $10,000 $10,000 $45,000
All Hazards Consortium $18,750 $25,000 $43,750
Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE) $6,250 $25,000 $10,000 $41,250
Annapolis Center $20,000 $20,000 $40,000
Consortium of Catholic Academies $5,000 $5,000 $10,000 $20,000 $40,000
Coal Utilization Research Council $20,000 $20,000 $40,000
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute $20,000 $20,000 $40,000
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association $20,000 $20,000 $40,000
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators $25,000 $15,000 $40,000
National Black Caucus of State Legislators $10,000 $10,000 $18,334 $38,334
Detroit Public Television $37,500 $37,500
Volta Live Inc $7,500 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $37,500
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee $27,000 $10,000 $37,000
Senate Presidents' Forum $27,000 $10,000 $37,000
National Energy Resources Organization (NERO) $6,125 $6,150 $5,650 $5,600 $13,320 $36,845
Capital Area Reach Program $5,000 $11,000 $10,000 $10,000 $36,000
ASAE Center for Association Leadership $10,500 $15,000 $10,000 $35,500
National Conference of Black Mayors $15,000 $10,000 $10,000 $35,000
Building and Construction Trades Department $5,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $35,000
Environmental Council of the States $5,000 $5,000 $10,000 $13,000 $33,000
So Others Might Eat $5,000 $5,000 $10,000 $12,000 $32,000
Johns Hopkins University $5,000 $10,000 $10,000 $5,000 $30,000
The Washington Literacy Council Inc $5,000 $7,500 $7,500 $10,000 $30,000
State Legislative Leaders Foundation $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $30,000
Emerging Issues Policy Forum $15,000 $15,000 $30,000
Council of Great Lakes Industries $15,000 $15,000 $30,000
Texas State Society of Washington $30,000 $30,000
National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women $15,000 $15,000 $30,000
Utility Aborist Association $22,500 $5,000 $27,500
Washington Tennis & Education Foundation $5,500 $11,000 $11,000 $27,500
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc $15,000 $10,000 $25,000
Republican Attorneys General Association $25,000 $25,000
George W Bush Presidential Center $10,000 $15,000 $25,000
Republican Mayors & Local Officials $10,000 $10,000 $5,000 $25,000
Washington Post Media Live $25,000 $25,000
PHI Community Foundation $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $25,000
National Black Chamber of Commerce $15,000 $10,000 $25,000
Communications Institute $25,000 $25,000
Coalition for a Fiscally Sound America $25,000 $25,000
Rev the Vote $25,000 $25,000
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management $15,000 $10,000 $25,000
Rule of Law Defense Fund $25,000 $25,000
Pollinator Partnership $10,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $25,000
Democratic Leadership Council $25,000 $25,000
March of Dimes Foundation $25,000 $25,000
National Association of Latino Elected Officials $25,000 $25,000
National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America $6,500 $5,000 $10,000 $21,500
World Conference of Mayors $5,000 $10,000 $6,000 $21,000
National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition $10,000 $10,000 $20,000
Urban Alliance $20,000 $20,000
Institute for Education $10,000 $5,000 $5,000 $20,000
Women's Council on Energy and the Environment $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $20,000
NASEO $20,000 $20,000
A Wider Circle $10,000 $10,000 $20,000
The Artists & Athletes Alliance $10,000 $10,000 $20,000
Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research $5,000 $8,000 $6,000 $19,000
Children's Charities Foundation Inc $7,500 $10,500 $18,000
National Park Foundation $10,000 $7,500 $17,500
National Policy Alliance $7,500 $10,000 $17,500
STEM4US $10,000 $7,500 $17,500
International Emissions Trading Association $15,000 $15,000
Electrical Safety Foundation International Inc $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $15,000
State Government Leadership Foundation $15,000 $15,000
United Way of the National Capital Area $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $15,000
Midwest Governors Association $7,500 $7,500 $15,000
Women in Government $10,000 $5,000 $15,000
National Hispanic Environmental Council $15,000 $15,000
Center for Association Leadership $15,000 $15,000
Edwin D. Hill Charitable Trust $14,000 $14,000
Nuclear Energy Institute $13,935 $13,935
Southern States Energy Board $7,500 $5,000 $12,500
Magnum Entertainment Group $12,500 $12,500
Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners $5,000 $7,500 $12,500
American Consumer Insitute Center for Citizen Research $12,000 $12,000
Coalition for Tax Equity $12,000 $12,000
Board Hispanic Caucus Chairs $10,000 $10,000
Communities Foundation of Oklahoma Inc $10,000 $10,000
State Government Affairs Council $5,000 $5,000 $10,000
Meridian International Center $10,000 $10,000
Hispanics in Energy $10,000 $10,000
Mideast LAMPAC (Labor and Management Public Affairs) $5,000 $5,000 $10,000
Congressional Management Foundation $10,000 $10,000
Tulane University - Gulf Coast Electricity Dialogue $10,000 $10,000
Utility Variable Generation Integration Group $10,000 $10,000
United States Energy Association $5,000 $5,000 $10,000
Washington Performing Arts Society $10,000 $10,000
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) $5,000 $5,000 $10,000
Securing America's Future Energy $10,000 $10,000
A Celebration of Chicago LLC $10,000 $10,000
Midwest LAMPAC (Labor and Management Public Affairs Committee) $5,000 $5,000 $10,000
Penton Media, Inc. and Subsidiaries $10,000 $10,000
Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne $5,000 $5,000 $10,000
State Policy Network $10,000 $10,000
Fund for American Studies $10,000 $10,000
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars $10,000 $10,000
Southeast LAMPAC $5,000 $5,000 $10,000
Integrated Design & Electronics Academy Public Charter School $10,000 $10,000
N Street Village, Inc $10,000 $10,000
Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow $8,000 $8,000
Transportation Energy Partnership $7,500 $7,500
Americans for Prosperity $7,500 $7,500
Social Enterprises Inc $7,500 $7,500
New Jersey State Society of the District $7,500 $7,500
DC Public Education Fund $7,500 $7,500
California State Society of Washington $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
Public Affairs Council $6,000 $6,000
NMSU Foundation $6,000 $6,000
American National Standards Institute $5,945 $5,945
Apple Tree Institute for Education (Amazon) $5,821 $5,821
Dovetail Partners Inc. $5,000 $5,000
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity $5,000 $5,000
Hawks Aloft Inc $5,000 $5,000
National Labor College $5,000 $5,000
Catalyst $5,000 $5,000
Keep Memory Alive $5,000 $5,000
Alzheimer's Association $5,000 $5,000
Earth Island Institute $5,000 $5,000
Utilities Telecom Council $5,000 $5,000
National Organization of Black County Officials $5,000 $5,000
Points of Light Institute $5,000 $5,000
The Hastert Center at Wheaton College $5,000 $5,000
Faith and Politics Institute $5,000 $5,000
The Salvation Army $5,000 $5,000
SCE's Rivergarde Victims Fund $5,000 $5,000
Edison Innovation Foundation $5,000 $5,000
National Forest Foundation $5,000 $5,000
Leadership Greater Washington Inc $5,000 $5,000
Utah State University $5,000 $5,000
National Assoc of Neighborhoods $5,000 $5,000
Canadian-American Business Council $5,000 $5,000
National Association of Black Journalists $5,000 $5,000
Michigan State Society $5,000 $5,000
Fight for Children Inc $5,000 $5,000
Mid-American Regulatory Conference Inc $5,000 $5,000
First Tee $5,000 $5,000
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance $5,000 $5,000
Banneker Institute Project of Catalyst $5,000 $5,000
Business Institute for Political Analysis $5,000 $5,000
Homeless Children's Playtime Project $5,000 $5,000
New Mexico State Society $5,000 $5,000
Atlantic Council of US $5,000 $5,000
Tree Fund $5,000 $5,000
National Safety Council $5,000 $5,000
Center for Automotive Research $5,000 $5,000
Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy $5,000 $5,000
Zoeller for Attorney General $1,000 $1,000
Brenning for Attorney General $1,000 $1,000
Grand Total $565,332 $590,025 $507,483 $756,977 $1,217,823 $1,979,515 $1,905,344 $943,214 $8,465,713

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:

Recipient 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Grand Total
AABE $25,000 $10,000 $25,000 $25,000 $10,000 $15,000 $25,000 $135,000
Board Hispanic Caucus Chairs $10,000 $10,000
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc $10,000 $20,400 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $20,000 $10,000 $20,000 $110,400
Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $5,000 $5,000 $25,000 $65,000
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute $20,000 $20,000 $40,000
Hispanics in Energy $10,000 $10,000
National Association of Black Journalists $5,000 $5,000
National Association of Latino Elected Officials $25,000 $25,000
National Black Caucus of State Legislators $10,000 $10,000 $18,334 $38,334
National Black Chamber of Commerce $15,000 $10,000 $25,000
National Conference of Black Mayors $15,000 $10,000 $10,000 $35,000
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators $25,000 $15,000 $40,000
National Hispanic Environmental Council $15,000 $15,000
National Organization of Black County Officials $5,000 $5,000
National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women $15,000 $15,000 $30,000
Women in Government $10,000 $5,000 $15,000
Women's Council on Energy and the Environment $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $20,000
Grand Total $115,000 $55,400 $40,000 $80,000 $60,000 $70,000 $95,000 $108,334 $623,734

Independent Contractors

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

Name 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Grand Total
Chertoff Group LLC $373,956 $445,548 $819,504
CRA International Inc $759,469 $759,469
Crowell & Moring LLP $324,887 $324,887
Daniel J Edelman Inc $683,183 $1,091,122 $1,774,305
Democracy Data & Communications $548,163 $1,326,106 $1,874,269
Diplomat Hotle Lessee LLC $516,521 $516,521
GC Strategic Advocacy Inc $1,100,597 $543,940 $1,644,537
Human Resources Research Organization $474,524 $474,524
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 $65,068,795
ICF Resources Inc $463,415 $465,056 $928,471
NET Communications $750,599 $750,599
OCE Business Services $649,139 $503,025 $474,172 $589,460 $2,215,796
R & R Partners Inc $515,811 $515,811
Skadden ARPS Slate Meagher & Flom $829,728 $462,561 $1,292,289
Sloane & Company LLC $391,995 $391,995
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 $21,889,563
Winston & Strawn LLP $516,310 $516,310
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 $101,757,645

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:

    Name 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Description
    Brian L. Wolff Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs
    ​David K. Owens Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Executive Vice President, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs
    John S. Schlenker Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
    Kathryn A. Steckelberg Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, Government Relations
    Mary D. Miller Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Chief Administrative Officer
    Quinlan J. Shea, III Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, Environment
    Richard F. McMahon, Jr. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, Energy Supply and Finance 
    Richard S. Tempchin Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Executive Director, Retail Energy Services
    Thomas R. Kuhn Y Y Y Y Y Y Y President.
    Jim Owen Y Y Y Y Y Executive Director, Member Relations and Meeting Services
    Tom Fanning Y Y Y Y Y EEI Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company
    Chris Crane Y Y Y EEI Vice Chairman. President and CEO, Exelon Corporation.
    Gregory E. Abel Y Y EEI Vice Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
    Lawrence E. Jones Y Y Vice President, International Programs
    Pat Vincent-Collawn Y Y EEI Vice Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, PNM Resources
    ​Philip D. Moeller Y Y Senior Vice President, Energy Delivery and Chief Customer Solutions Officer
    Emily Sanford Fisher Y Vice President, Law and Corporate Secretary
    Scott I. Aaronson Y Executive Director, Security and Business Continuity
    Brian V. McCormack Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, Political and External Affairs
    Edward H. Comer Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
    James P. Fama Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice President, Energy Delivery
    Nick Akins Y Y Y Y EEI Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, American Electric Power
    John J. Easton, Jr. Y Y Y Y Y Jr., Vice President, International Programs
    Theodore F. Craver, Jr. Y Y Y Y EEI Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, Edison International
    Michael W. Yackira Y Y Y Y EEI Chairman. President and CEO, NV Energy
    Lewis Hay III Y Y EEI Chairman. Chairman, NextEra Energy, Inc. 
    Lynn H. LeMaster Y Y Senior Vice President, Policy and Chief of Staff
    Bill Johnson Y EEI Vice Chairman. Chairman, President and CEO, Progress Energy, Inc.
    Thomas F. Farrell II Y 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.

    Name 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Title
    Gale E. Klappa Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Thomas J. May Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Thomas Kuhn Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y President
    Anthony J. Alexander Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    David R. Emery Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Thomas F. Farrell, II Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    David Owens Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Executive VP, Business Operations
    Edward Comer Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
    John Easton Jr. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y VP, International Programs
    Mary Miller Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Chief Administrative Officer
    James P. Torgerson Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Ralph Izzo Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Donald E. Brandt Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    James Fama Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y VP, Energy Delivery
    John F. Young Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Kathy Steckelberg Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y VP, Government Relations
    Peter B. Delaney Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Quinlan Shea III Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y VP, Environment
    Richard McMahon Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y VP, Energy Supply & Finance
    Scott L. Morris Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Theodore F. Craver, Jr. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Chair/Member
    Thomas B. King Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Bruce A. Williamson Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Brian Wolff Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Executive VP, Public Policy & Extern
    Charles A. Schrock Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Constance H. Lau Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Gary J. Wolter Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Gregory E. Abel Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice Chair
    James J. Piro Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Joseph L. Welch Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Joseph M. Rigby Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Mary G. Powell Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Philip Barnhard, IV Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    John Schlenker Y Y Y Y Y Y Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
    Alan R. Hodnik Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Andres R. Gluski Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Benjamin G.S. Fowke, III Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Bradley P. Beecher Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Brian McCormack Y Y Y Y Y VP, Political & External Affairs
    Carl L. Chapman Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Christopher M. Crane Y Y Y Y Y Vice Chair
    Christopher P. Johns Y Y Y Y Y Member
    David L. Goodin Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Gerard M. Anderson Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Gerry Chasse Y Y Y Y Y Member
    James Owen Y Y Y Y Y Executive Director, Member Relations
    John C. Procario Y Y Y Y Y Member
    John G. Russell Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Kimberly J. Harris Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Mark A. Ruelle Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Nicholas K. Akins Y Y Y Y Y Vice Chair/Chair
    Patricia K. Vincent-Collawn Y Y Y Y Y Vice Chair
    Richard Riazzi Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Richard Tempchin Y Y Y Y Y Executive Director, Retail Energy Services
    Robert C. Rowe Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Robert D. Kump Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Robert G. Schoenberger Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Thomas A. Fanning Y Y Y Y Y Vice Chair
    Jim L. Stanley Y Y Y Y Member
    Kevin B. Marsh Y Y Y Y Member
    Patricia Leonard Kampling Y Y Y Y Member
    Thomas V. Shockely, III Y Y Y Y Member
    William H. Spence Y Y Y Y Member
    Jeff M. Householder Y Y Y Member
    Scott Aaronson Y Y Y Senior Director, National Security Policy
    Terry D. Bassham Y Y Y Member
    James P. Laurito Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Member
    Darrel T. Anderson Y Y Member
    David A. Campbell Y Y Member
    David G. Hutchens Y Y Member
    Francesco Venturini Y Y Member
    Ian Robertson Y Y Member
    James L. Robo Y Y Member
    John J. McAvoy Y Y Member
    Lynn J. Good Y Y Member
    Paul Segal Y Y Member
    Robert F. Beard Y Y Member
    Scott M. Prochazka Y Y Member
    Stephanie Voyda Y Y Managing Director, Communications
    Thomas Dunn Y Y Member
    Warner L. Baxter Y Y Member
    J. Bruce Brown Y Y Deputy General Counsel
    Alan Richardson Y Member
    Barbara Siehr Y Member
    Charles E. Jones Y Member
    Charles S. Macfarlane Y Member
    Geisha J. Williams Y Member
    John J. Donleavy Y Member
    Lawrence Jones Y VP, International Programs
    Margaret E. Felts Y Member
    Michael Rowe Y Member
    Nicole A. Kivisto Y Member
    Paul A. Farr Y Member
    R. Sean Trauschke Y Member
    Violet G. Sistovaris Y Member
    Steven V. Lant Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    James E. Rogers Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    J. Lamont Keen Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Kevin Burke Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    David M. McClanahan Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Michael W Yackira Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Chair
    Christopher L. Dutton Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Thomas R. Voss Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Tim McLeod Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Paul J. Bonavia Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Edward J. McIntyre Y Y Y Y Director
    John B. Ramil Y Y Y Y Director
    John Walsh Y Y Director
    Leo P. Denault Y Y Director
    Marc Razeghi Y CIO
    W. Kirk Baker Y Director
    Charles W. Shivery Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Lewis Hay III Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Vice Chair/Chair
    Lon R. Greenberg Y Y Y Y Y Director
    William H. Sheppard Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Rod West Y Y Y Director
    Michael J. Chesser Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Sadegh Razeghi Y Y Y Y Y CIO
    Ames L. Robo Y Director
    James Roewer Y Director, USWAG
    Mayo A. Shattuck III Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Patric O'Kelley Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Former VP CFO & Treasurer
    William D. Harvey Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Lynn Lemaster Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Former Chief of Staff-Business Operations
    James H. Miller Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Edward R. Muller Y Y Y Y Y Director
    William D. Johnson Y Y Y Y Y Vice Chair
    David W. Stevens Y Y Director
    Jimmy Staton Y Y Director
    Lawrence J. Reilly Y Y Director
    Bill Fang Y Deputy General Counsel
    Edwin Anthony Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y VP, Corporate Affairs
    John D. Erickson Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    John W. Rowe Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Paul J. Evanson Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Robert H. Young Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Stephen P. Reynolds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    William L. Gipson Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Michael G. Morris Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Michael H. Madison Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Peter A. Darbee Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Richard C. Kelly Y Y Y Y Y Y Chair
    Paul M. Barbas Y Y Y Y Y Director
    William B. Moore Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Matthew W. Sunseri Y Director
    Maurice T. Klefeker Y Director
    Robert J.S. Hanf Y Director
    Anthony F. Earley Jr. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Chair
    Curtis L. Hebert Jr. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    David M. Ratcliffe Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    David W. Joos Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Dennis R. Wraase Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Donald J. Shippar Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Gary L. Rainwater Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    James S. Pignatelli Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Jeffry E. Sterba Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Jose M. Delgado Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Paul Hanrahan Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Victor A. Staffieri Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Sherril W. Hudson Y Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Marshall Brier Y Y Y Y Y Y VP, Policy
    Peggy Y. Fowler Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Walker Nolan Y Y Y Y Y Past Executive VP, Policy
    Eileen O. Odum Y Y Y Director
    David Goodin Y Y Director
    John Procario Y Y Director
    Melissa Davis Y Y Director
    Niel C. Ellerbrook Y Y Director
    Peter J. Donleavy Y Y Director
    Richard A. Muench Y Y Director
    Ron Clemens Y Y Senior Director, Gov Affa
    Michael J. Hanson Y Y Y Y Y Director
    Robert W. Rowe Y Director
    T. Michael May Y Y Y Y Y Member of the Board
    William McCollam Jr Y Y Y Past President
    Dianne Munns Y Exec Dir, Retal Service
    Alan J. Fohrer Y Y Y Y Member of the Board
    Gary G. Ely Y Y Y Y Member of the Board
    Jack E. Davis Y Y Y Y Member of the Board
    Robert B. McGehee Y Y Y Y Member of the Board
    Steven E. Moore Y Y Y Y Member of the Board
    Walter M. Higgins Y Y Y Y Member of the Board
    Bruce T. Imsdahl Y Y Y Member of the Board
    David A. McClanaham Y Y Y Member of the Board
    Carl D. Behnke Y Y Y Former Director
    Cornell R. Bozek Y Y Former Director
    David L. Swanson Y Y Former Director
    John J. Keasey Y Y Former Director
    Justin Karp Y Y Former Director
    Loring E. Mills Y Y Former Director
    Michael T. McCall Y Y Member of the Board
    Peter Kelsey Y Y Former Director
    Randal Ihara Y Y Former Director
    Thomas D. Morron Y Y Former Director
    Mark T. Maassel Y Member of the Board
    Richard Braatz Y Former Director
    Steve Holiday Y Member of the Board
    Gary Hedrick Y Y Y Member of the Board
    James S. Haines Jr. Y Y Y Member of the Board
    Larry L. Weyers Y Y Y Member of the Board
    Michael Chesser Y Y Y Member of the Board
    Michael E. Jesanis Y Y Y Member of the Board
    Robert Catell Y Y Y Member of the Board
    David L. Sokol Y Y Member of the Board
    Herrick J. Young Y Former Director
    Robert Baum Y Former Director
    C. John Wilder Y Y Member of the Board
    Eugene R. McGrath Y Y Member of the Board
    Jan B. Packwood Y Y Member of the Board
    Judith A. Johansen Y Y Member of the Board
    Robert Busch Y Y Member of the Board
    Ruth G. Shaw Y Y Member of the Board
    William F. Hecht Y Y Member of the Board
    Wayne H. Brunetti Y Member of the Board
    Daniel Landguth Y Director
    David Eppler Y Director
    E.J. Neumann Y Vice President
    Morgan O'Brien Y Director
    Ronald Tipton Y Director
    Thomas E. Capps Y Director

    Actions

    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; $5,000 per host). [9]

    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. [10]

    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.” [9]

    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. [11]

    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: [11]

    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. [12], [13]

    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.”  [12]

    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: [14]

    Image Credit: Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General

    January, 2014

    ALEC produced model legislation titled “Updating Net Metering Policies Resolution“ combatting net metering policy. 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. [15], [16]

    ALEC also received $10,000 from EEI in 2008, $20,000 in 2012, and $39,667 in 2013. [6]

    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. [17],[6]

    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 (EEI); John Caldwell (EEI); Larry Vogt (Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company); and Mark Lowry (Pacific Economics Group). [18]

    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. [6]

    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. [6]

    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. [6]

    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.” [4], [19]

    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: [20]

    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. [4][5]

    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.” [5]

    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. [4]

    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 documented 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. [4], [5]

    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. [21]

    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. [21]

    October 1, 2007

    EEI registered a website, ProtectMyWater.org, for a group calling itself the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC). 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.” [22][23]

    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.” [24]

    Related Organizations

    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: [26]

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

    Social Media

    Resources

    1. ABOUT EEI,” EEI.org. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/SbGKD

    2. ABOUT EEI,EEI.org. Archived April 30, 2013. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/y63tN 

    3. Edison Electric Institute: 2016 PAC Summary Data,” OpenSecrets. Search Performed April 28, 2017.

    4. Utilities' Anti Solar Campaign and Misinformation Debunked,” Energy and Policy Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Qnkkv

    5. Evan 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

    6. Edison Electric Institute Campaign Against Distributed Solar,” Energy and Policy Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/OFGeU

    7. CLIMATE,” Edison Electric Institute. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/lq2Ux

    8. Matthew 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

    9. Ben Jervey. “Electric Utility Executives Pony up for the GOP Roll Back of Environmental Protections,” DeSmog, March 15, 2017.

    10. Utilities Cementing Influence With GOP Leadership Via Fundraisers,” Utility Secrets, March 14, 2017. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/V8c2D

    11. David 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

    12. Steve Horn. “Thousands of Emails from Oklahoma Office of Trump EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Published,DeSmog, February 22, 2017.

    13. OKLAHOMA 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 URLhttps://archive.is/iu4Ch

    14. Produce Box 5 Redacted,” Contributed to DocumentCloud by Nick Surgey, Center for Media and Democracy.

    15. UPDATING NET METERING POLICIES RESOLUTION,” ALEC. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/nmtc3

    16. Gabe 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

    17. 2013 CCIF Report,” Contributed to DocumentCloud by Matt Kasper, Energy & Policy Institute. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

    18. 2013 EEI Electric Rate Advanced Course: Rates to Meet New Market Opportunities and Constraints » Wisconsin Public Utility Institute,” Contributed to DocumentCloud by Matt Kasper, Energy & Policy Institute. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

    19. “2012 EEI Board and Chief Executives Meeting,” Contributed to DocumentCloud by Matt Kasper, Energy & Policy Institute. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog. 

    20. Joby Warrick. “Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar,” The Washington Post, March 7, 2015. Archived April 28, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/qw05f

    21. John M. Broder. “Industry Flexes Muscle, Weaker Energy Bill Passes,” The New York Times, December 14, 2007. Archived April 25, 2017. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/AUIOd

    22. Whois Record for ProtectMyWater.org,” DomainTools. Search performed April 25, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/GzeJF

    23. “Support the Clean Water Act,” Waters Advocacy Coalition. Archived January 18, 2011. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/nuBsP

    24. “S. 787 [Report No. 111–361]” (PDF), 111th Congress, 2nd Session, April 2, 2009. Archived .pdf on file at Desmog.

    25. Washington DC Chapter Home,” AABE. Archived April 28, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/H5Zgu

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

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