ALEC Loses Funding from American Electric Power

Ohio Commission Staff Recommends Against Approval of AEP Coal Plant Protection Plan

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) said Dec. 8 it would no longer provide funding for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that promotes the denial of climate change and opposes U.S. development of renewable energy.

A statement from AEP, one of the largest utilities in the country, said the company would instead use its resources to help states comply with the Clean Power Plan.

“AEP has informed ALEC that we will not be renewing our membership in 2016,” said Tammy Ridout, AEP spokeswoman.  “We reviewed our memberships and decided to reallocate resources to other areas of focus including working directly with the states on strategies to address Clean Power Plan compliance.”

AEP joins more than 100 other businesses, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Shell, that have cut ties with ALEC in recent years.