Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth
This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's focus on the fallout of nuclear "spin."
The Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth (AEEG) describes itself as "a broad-based coalition whose members develop, deliver, or consume energy from all sources."  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce states in its 2005 annual report that it "co-founded and manages the day-to-day operations of the Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth, a broad-based coalition whose members develop, deliver, and consume energy from all sources. The coalition represents consumers; energy companies involved in all phases of energy exploration, production, and transmission; agricultural groups; and business and labor organizations — all united in support of a comprehensive national energy plan."
Nuclear Energy Institute
The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) was a founding member of AEEG. "As a member of the Alliance, we will encourage investment in energy technologies that improve efficiency, increase output and protect the environment," stated NEI's Joe F. Colvin in a May 2001 press release. 
NEI's financial report for 2006 lists AEEG as both an expense and a source of income. Under "program expenses," NEI lists "Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth," with the cost being $2,918,120. Under "income-producing activities," NEI again lists AEEG, as bringing in $3,012,173 in revenues. NEI's 2006 financial report describes AEEG as "educate the public and policymakers about the need for a comprehensive energy strategy." 
But NEI's 2007 financial report filed with the IRS no longer lists AEEG as an expense or a source of revenue, which may indicate that NEI is no longer a financial contributor to AEEG. 
AEEG's website, yourenergyfuture.org, is registered to Gordon Barnes at the American Gas Association. The webmaster contact given is the Edison Electric Institute. The website was created on April 24, 2001, according to domain registration records. 
In 2002, Geraldine Ferraro (then with the Golin Harris firm) registered to lobby on behalf of AEEG on the "Yucca Mountain initiative," referring to the proposed nuclear waste repository site in Nevada. Later disclosure forms said the lobbying contract was terminated in November 2002, with some $100,000 having been spent ($60,000 in the first half of 2002 and $40,000 in the second half).
Also in 2002, JHS Associates registered to lobby behalf of AEEG, on "energy / nuclear policy issues related to Public Law No 97425." The lobbyist identified on the contract was John H. Sununu. This contract was terminated in December 2002, with less than $10,000 spent in each half of the calendar year.
AEEG's website says it has "more than 1,200 members" and represents "consumers; energy companies involved in all phases of energy exploration, production and transmission; agricultural groups; and business and labor organizations."  It does not list its members on its website.
While "general membership in the Alliance is free ... there is a fee for participation on the Alliance Steering Committee," states AEEG's website.  A brochure on the AEEG website lists the following Steering Committee members, as of March 29, 2005: 
- AGL Resources, Inc.
- Air Transport Association of America
- Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
- Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
- Aluminum Association, Inc.
- Ameren Services Company
- American Chemistry Council
- American Council of Engineering Companies
- American Farm Bureau Federation
- American Gas Association
- American Lighting Association
- American Petroleum Institute
- American Road & Transportation Builders Association
- Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
- Associated General Contractors
- Association for Manufacturing Technology
- Association of American Railroads
- Association of Oil Pipe Lines
- Atmos Energy Corporation
- The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company
- Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
- Canadian National
- Canadian Pacific Railway
- Caterpillar, Inc.
- Celanese Chemicals, Ltd.
- Club Managers Association of America
- CMS Energy
- Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Energy
- CSX Corporation
- Delphi Corporation
- The Dow Chemical Company
- DTE Energy
- Dynegy Inc.
- Edison Electric Institute
- El Paso Corporation
- Electric Power Supply Association
- Electronic Industries Alliance
- Energen Corporation
- Energy East
- Florida Power & Light Company
- Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association
- Independent Petroleum Association of America
- Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
- Kansas City Southern
- Kennecott Energy Company
- Laclede Gas Company
- MDU Resources Group, Inc.
- MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company
- National Association of Chain Drug Stores
- National Association of Manufacturers
- National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
- National Beer Wholesalers Association
- National Electrical Manufacturers Association
- National Food Processors Association
- National Mining Association
- National Ocean Industries Association
- National Petrochemical & Refiners Association
- National Propane Gas Association
- National Restaurant Association
- National Roofing Contractors Association
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- Natural Gas Supply Association
- NiSource Inc.
- NJR New Jersey Natural Gas
- Norfolk Southern Corporation
- North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
- Nuclear Energy Institute
- NW Natural
- OGE Energy Corporation
- Olin Corporation
- Peabody Energy
- PECO Energy
- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
- Philips Electronics North America Corporation
- Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
- Portland Cement Association
- Printing Industries of America
- Progress Energy, Inc.
- Public Service Company of New Mexico
- Rubber Manufacturers Association
- Southern Company
- The Business Roundtable
- TXU Electric & Gas
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Energy Association
- Union Pacific Corporation
- United Mine Workers of America
- US Oil & Gas Association
- Vectren Corporation
- Yellow Pages Publishers Association
Members of the Management Committee
On its website, as of February 2009, the alliance listed the members of its management committee as being
- James May, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Air Transport Association of America
- Dave McCurdy, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
- Donna Harman, President and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association
- David Parker, President and CEO of the American Gas Association
- Andrew Sharkey, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Iron and Steel Institute
- Red Cavaney, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute
- Edward Hamberger, President & CEO of the Association of American Railroads
- Thomas Kuhn, President of the Edison Electric Institute
- Donald Santa Jr., President & CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
- Jay Timmons, the Executive Vice President of the National Association of Manufacturers
- Evan Gaddis, President and CEO of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association
- Kraig Naasz, President and CEO of the National Mining Association
- Frank Bowman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute
- John Shaw, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for the Portland Cement Association
- R. Josten, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth
1615 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20062-2000
Email: info AT yourenergyfuture.org
Resources and articles
Related SourceWatch articles
- "Your Energy Future," AEEG website, accessed March 2008.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce, [http://www.uschamber.com/NR/rdonlyres/e5hbltk43bftaej6v7kfjc5olgblcltbumsgzdnr3refbxmo6m6ei6dkwwm4qogdtpazfvms2gmr4jdufe5mfdba3ff/032306lbRPT2005AnnualReport.pdf "Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs"], U.S. Chamber of Commerce, page 13.
- "Alliance for Energy & Economic Growth Calls for Comprehensive National Energy Policy," NEI press release, May 2, 2001.
- "Nuclear Energy Institute IRS form 990 report for 2006 (PDF), via GuideStar, accessed February 2008.
- "Nuclear Energy Institute IRS form 990 report for 2007, via GuideStar.
- "Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth," DeSmogBlog profile, accessed March 2008.
- "yourenergyfuture.org domain registration information" via Network Solutions, accessed March 2008.
- "Your Energy Future - Members," AEEG website, accessed March 2008.
- "Your Energy Future - Contact us," AEEG website, accessed March 2008.
- "Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth brochure (PDF)," AEEG website, accessed March 2008.
- Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth, "Members of the management committee", Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth website, accessed February 2009.
- "United Seniors Association: Hired Guns for PhRMA and Other Corporate Interests", Public Citizen, July 2002.
- David Roberts, "Industry groups lobby against climate legislation", Grist, December 7, 2007.
- "US Chamber, National Association of Manufacturers and Industry Front Group Kick Off Four-State Tour to Kill Senate Climate Change Bill", Common Dreams, March 12, 2008.
- Justin Willet, "Industry groups decry cap-and-trade cost", Columbia Daily Tribune, April 2, 2009.
- Darren Samuelsohn, "Obama Aides Meet With Senate Dems to Map April Strategy for Climate Bill ", The New York Times, March 25, 2010.