America's Power (ACCCE)

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Washington DC, United States

Climate Lobbying Overview: America’s Power (formerly ACCCE) appears to be actively and negatively lobbying on climate change. The entity has opposed various strands of US climate policy including emissions trading schemes, renewable subsidies, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regulations. America’s Power has also actively lobbied for a sustained role for coal in the energy mix, contrary to IPCC guidance.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: America’s Power appeared to acknowledge the link between climate change and extreme weather events in an April 2021 comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This represents a more progressive position by America’s Power, which had previously promoted climate change misinformation via reports and blog posts in 2014.

However, America’s Power still does not appear supportive of ambitious and urgent action on climate change. In a submission to FERC in December 2020, the entity did not support carbon pricing because it might accelerate coal retirements. In the same submission, it supported a “technology-based strategy” to address climate change, in order to allow time for cleaner and more affordable technologies to evolve. America’s Power does not appear to explicitly support the Paris Agreement, with former President Paul Bailey supporting US withdrawal in June 2017.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: America’s Power appears to be broadly unsupportive of climate-related policy. In an August 2022 media release, CEO Michelle Bloodworth opposed the extension of renewable energy tax credits under the US Inflation Reduction Act. Bloodworth was also unsupportive of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, the state’s main lever for advancing renewable energy, in an October 2022 blog post. America’s power has also engaged negatively on recent GHG emissions regulations. In a December 2021 Supreme Court Brief on West Virginia v. EPA, the association supported the petitioners taking legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, suggesting that the EPA was acting beyond its legal boundary. In an April 2021 statement on the US 2030 GHG target of 50-52%, CEO Michelle Bloodworth suggested that "it makes no sense environmentally or economically" if China continues to increase its emissions for the next ten years. In a July 2020 testimony to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, CEO Michelle Bloodworth opposed the US Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a mandatory cap-and-trade scheme.

America’s Power has previously engaged extensively and negatively with US GHG emissions regulations. In a March 2019 submission to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the entity called for the adoption of weaker New Source Performance Standards, which would facilitate the generation of new coal-fired power plants. In July 2019, it asked to legally defend the repeal of the Clean Power Plan in an upcoming lawsuit, following extensive lobbying against the policy from 2014-18.

Positioning on Energy Transition: America’s Power does not appear to support the low-carbon energy transition and continues to strongly support a sustained role for coal in the energy mix, contrary to IPCC guidance. In a January 2023 letter to the FERC, CEO Michelle Bloodworth advocated against the early retirement of coal-fired power plants, stating that grid reliability would be jeopardized by early retirements. In a March 2022 blog post, America’s Power opposed the Biden administration’s target of a carbon-free power sector by 2035, specifically opposing the pace and extent of the transition. Additionally, in 2022, the entity has consistently opposed the retirement of coal-fired plants in the US via its corporate website, social media, responses to legislative consultations and CEO messaging.

In September 2021, America’s Power CEO, Michelle Bloodworth, wrote a letter to the US Committee on Energy & Commerce opposing the proposed Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP), which would provide federal investments and financial incentives to suppliers that deliver “clean electricity”. In August 2021 comments to the Midcontinent Independent Operator (MISO), America's Power criticized the retirement of coal-fired plants in the US.

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