The AES Corporation

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
52%
Organisation Score
53%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Arlington, United States of America
Wikipedia:

The AES Corporation appears to be engaging on climate policy with mixed positions and limited disclosure of its efforts to influence legislation. The company appears to support urgent climate action in line with IPCC recommendations, noting the scientific consensus that current climate policies are insufficient to hold warming under 2 degrees. AES Corporation is strongly committed to the expansion of energy storage to facilitate the widespread adoption of renewable power. CEO Andres Gluski, for example, spoke out on the “wider era of firm renewables” (a term describing the combination of renewables and storage) while launching a 2020 renewables project in Hawaii. Gluski also appeared to support renewable energy targets in India while emphasizing the importance of updating the grid to meet the goals of the policy.

Evidence suggests that AES Gener, a subsidiary in Chile, supports national energy efficiency legislation on the condition that it allows for economic growth. An AES Gener spokesperson also noted support for renewable energy legislation on the condition that it does not hinder innovation. In a 2017 comment submitted to the U.S. EPA on the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, AES Corporation recommends certain parts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap and trade program for potential replication at the national level, though it does not appear to engage further on this particular strand of climate policy.

CEO Andres Gluski has been outspoken in 2020 about the demise of coal power in the U.S., noting the potential for countries around the world to become 100 percent renewable “with a great deal of energy storage.” However, AES envisions a long-term role for natural gas in the energy mix, including through infrastructure buildout in the United States, Central America, and Asia. In addition, AES subsidiary Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) lobbied in 2019 for a bill in Ohio that revoked existing renewable energy and energy efficiency standards and bailed out two nuclear power plants. DP&L was initially undecided about HB 6 given concerns for customer rate increases, but changed its position after lawmakers added subsidies to support the company’s coal plants. DP&L spearheaded a similar effort in 2016.

AES Corporation is a member of the Edison Electric Institute and Business Roundtable, two trade associations with mixed and often negative positions on climate change policy. It does not disclose efforts to influence the positions of its trade associations.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency
2 NS NA NS NS 1 NS NA
Climate Science Stance
1 NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation
NS NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support
NS NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
-1 NA -2 NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS NS 1 NS NS NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards
1 NS NS 0 NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation
NS NS NS NS 0 1 NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix
1 1 NS NS -1 0 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards
NS NS NS -1 NS NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
-2 NA -1 NA NA NA NA NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
41%
 
41%
 
72%
 
72%

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.