Exelon

InfluenceMap Score
C+
Performance Band
77%
Organisation Score
38%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Chicago, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
Exelon Nuclear Partners, Exelon PowerLabs, Constellation, Commonwealth Edison

Exelon is actively lobbying for US policy on climate change with mostly positive, though sometimes mixed, positions. Exelon communicates a clear position in support of climate change science, including regulations to negate the contribution of the oil and gas sector. In 2015, Exelon advocated for the US Clean Power Plan (CPP) in both its comments on legislation and public communications. In 2018, it spoke out against the repeal of the CPP.

In 2014, Exelon supported the inclusion of a carbon tax in the CPP, and in 2020, has lobbied for a federal carbon fee. It also supported Pennsylvania’s 2020 decision to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative emissions trading scheme. Its positions on renewable energy appear to have improved since 2015, when it helped advance legislation against distributed solar and opposed the federal wind production tax credit. Exelon appeared to support the 2016 Illinois Future Energy Jobs Bill which strengthened energy efficiency standards and expanded solar rebates. In reality, the utility only lent its support after successfully persuading policymakers to expand related low-carbon portfolio standards to include nuclear energy.

In 2019, Exelon expressed support for federal clean energy mandates and joined other utilities in a legal challenge to Trump’s Affordable Clean Energy rule. It appeared to support New York’s 2016 Clean Energy Standard and its 2020 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, as well as Illinois’ 2020 Clean Energy Jobs Act. The utility clearly supports measures to decarbonize the power sector, though evidence suggests support for policies that promote nuclear power over renewable energy.

While evidence of influence on certain policies is available on an ad-hoc basis, Exelon’s formal climate policy related disclosures are limited and vague. Exelon is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce and its CEO is Vice Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, two organizations that have opposed key strands of US climate policy such as the CPP and solar net metering, respectively.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency
1 2 NS 2 NS NS NS NA
Climate Science Stance
1 1 NA 2 NS 1 NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation
NS 0 NS 2 1 NS 1 NA
UN Treaty Support
1 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
1 NA -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
0 2 1 2 1 2 NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS 1 NS 1 NS 0 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards
NS 2 NS 0 1 NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation
0 1 NS 1 0 0 NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix
1 1 1 1 0 2 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards
0 0 1 1 1 2 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NA -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
42%
 
42%
 
48%
 
48%
 
25%
 
25%

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.