American Electric Power

InfluenceMap Score
D-
Performance Band
41%
Organisation Score
49%
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 generally lobbying against US policy on climate change. The utility has emphasized affordability concerns in the regulatory response to the climate crisis and demonstrates contradictory positions on a number of policies.

American Electric Power strongly opposed the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), specifically criticizing the proposed energy efficiency and renewable portfolio standards. It criticized the plan as "unlawful" in a 2014 consultation, launched a website stoking opposition to it in 2015, and supported legal action against it through the Utility Air Regulatory Group in 2016. In 2015, the CEO of American Electric Power publicly supported the policy as a “catalyst” for transformation in the energy sector, and in 2016, the utility left the American Legislative Exchange Council in an apparent move to support states' efforts around the CPP. Yet in contrast to its public communications, American Electric Power advocated for the repeal of the CPP in 2018 and, shortly after, supported its replacement with the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule.

American Electric Power stated opposition to emissions trading in 2016. In 2019, it noted a preference for emissions trading rather than a carbon tax. American Electric Power appears opposed to distributed solar legislation with CEO messaging from 2016 stressing the costs of net meting policies. The utility appears to generally support a clean energy transition, particularly given the falling costs of alternative technologies, but as recently as 2017 lobbied policymakers to support subsidies for coal. In 2019, American Electric Power backed legislation in Ohio to bail out struggling coal plants and boost nuclear while rolling back the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy targets.

American Electric Power left the American Legislative Exchange Council in 2016 and America’s Power in 2019. However, it remains a member of the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Roundtable, two organizations actively opposing US climate policy.

QUERIES
DATA 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 1 NS 1 NA
Climate Science Stance
0 0 NA NS NS -1 NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation
-1 NS NS NS 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 -1 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 -2 -1 -1 NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix
1 0 0 -1 0 1 1 NA
GHG Emission Standards
0 -2 NS -1 0 0 0 NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NA 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
23%
 
23%
 
93%
 
93%
 
41%
 
41%
 
41%
 
41%
 
46%
 
46%
 
25%
 
25%
 
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.