Southern Company

InfluenceMap Score
Performance Band
Organisation Score
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Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Atlanta, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Southern Nuclear

Southern Company is actively and negatively lobbying US climate change policy. The company appears to oppose nearly all strands of climate legislation and CEO Tom Fanning has stated his opposition to government inference in the make-up of the US energy mix. Southern Company has been a consistent opponent of the Clean Power Plan, utilizing consultations with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as engaging in legal action to derail the plan, most recently in 2016. Additionally, in 2016, Southern Company directly opposed proposed model emissions trading rules included in the plan. Southern Company appears not to support renewable energy legislation and CEO Tom Fanning has been a vocal opponent of renewable energy subsidies. In 2016, a Southern Company subsidiary, Gulf Power, helped fund a campaign opposing support for distributed solar generation in Florida. Southern Company does not appear to support a low-carbon energy sector and CEO Tom Fanning has defended a continued role for coal in the US energy mix. It is not clear that Southern Company accepts the science of climate change and in 2015 the company was implicated in funding research of a prominent climate denier. Southern Company appears to have a number of strong relationships to powerful US trade associations that are actively lobbying to oppose climate change policy. For example, Southern Company Vice-president and President for External Affairs Christopher C. Womack is on the of the executive committee of the National Association of Manufactures and is a regional vice-chair of the US Chamber of Commerce.

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

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.