Climate Change

American Electric Power

Brands and Associated Companies Southwestern Electric Power Company Appalachian Power AEP Indiana Michigan Power
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Columbus, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
Southwestern Electric Power Company, Appalachian Power, AEP, Indiana Michigan Power

American Electric Power is lobbying US climate change regulations with mostly negative and sometimes contradictory positions. American Electric Power appears to have supported the UN Climate Treaty, however, CEO Nicholas Atkins has communicated the need for action to tackle climate change to be limited against concerns around electricity costs for Americans. American Electric Power has opposed the Clean Power Plan, criticizing it in a 2014 consultation as "unlawful". In 2015, it launched a public campaign to generate opposition to the rule and was involved in oppositional legal action through its membership of the Utility Air Regulation Group (UARG). In December 2015, however, American Electric Power appeared to shift its position, leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization opposing the legislation, to focus on helping states implement the Plan. Despite this, American Electric Power has reportedly continued to fund legal challenges against the Clean Power Plan through the UARG. American Electric Power does not appear to have supported energy efficiency standards in West Virginia, although it has supported them in Ohio. American Electric Power also does not appear to support ambitious renewable energy legislation, opposing the renewable energy portfolio standards included in the Clean Power Plan, whilst CEO messaging from 2016 suggests it is also opposed to pro-distributed generation solar legislation. However, despite running an advertising campaign in 2014 promoting a sustained role for coal in the energy mix, in other communications American Electric Power has supported the transition from coal to gas and has praised the expansion of renewables. American Electric Power has board membership on the National Association of Manufactures and CEO Nicholas Akins is the leader of the Energy and Environment Committee at Business Roundtable; two organizations actively opposing US climate policy.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency NS NS NS NS NS NS 1 NA
Climate Science Stance NS NS NA NS NS -1 NS NA
Need for climate regulations -1 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support 1 0 NS NS 1 0 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation 1 NA 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax NS NS -2 NS NS NS NS NA
Emissions Trading NS NS 1 -1 1 1 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 0 NS 0 -1 0 NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation 0 NS 0 -1 -1 -1 NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 -2 NS -1 0 0 1 NA
GHG Emission Standards 0 -2 NS -1 -1 0 0 NA
Disclosure on Relationships 1 NA 1 NA NA NA NS NA
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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.