American Electric Power

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
38%
Organisation Score
42%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
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 engagement. American Electric Power appears supportive of the COP21 Treaty, however, communications have also emphasized cost concerns regarding climate policy. American Electric Power has opposed the Clean Power Plan, criticizing it in a 2014 consultation as "unlawful", launched a 2015 campaign to oppose the rule and took legal action against the rule through its membership of the Utility Air Regulation Group (UARG). In December 2015 American Electric Power appeared to shift its position, leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization opposing the legislation, to focus on helping states implement the Plan yet reports suggest it has continued to fund UARG legal challenges against the Clean Power Plan. Evidence from 2015-16 suggests American Electric Power does not support energy efficiency standards in the Clean Power Plan or in West Virginia, although it appears supportive of such standards in Ohio. American Electric Power appears unsupportive of distributed solar legislation with CEO messaging from 2016 stressing the costs of net meting policies. While American Electric Power has communicated some support for the expansion of renewables in the energy mix, in 2014 it ran a campaign promoting coal and in 2017 lobbied policymakers to support subsidies for coal power. American Electric Power is a board member of 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 2 NS 1 NA
Climate Science Stance
0 NS NA NS NS -1 NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation
-1 NS NS -2 NS 0 NS NA
UN Treaty Support
0 0 NS NS 1 0 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
1 NA 0 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS -2 NS NS NS NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS 1 -1 0 1 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards
0 NS 0 -2 0 NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation
0 NS 0 -1 -1 -1 NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix
0 0 0 -1 0 0 1 NA
GHG Emission Standards
0 -2 NS -1 0 0 0 NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NA 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Climate Lobbying Governance
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
22%
 
22%
 
47%
 
47%
 
43%
 
43%
 
21%
 
21%
 
91%
 
91%
 
14%
 
14%
 
41%
 
41%
 
68%
 
68%

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.