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Americans for Affordable Climate Policy was formed in 2008, by "coal-dependent electric companies" including Ameren, Duke Energy, Southern Company, Dominion, and American Electric Power. [1]

Americans for Affordable Climate Policy "wants to make sure that any cap-and-trade system Congress creates doesn't require carbon-emitting industries to buy all of their credits at auction, but instead initially hands out some free credits to industry," reported National Journal. "The group, which is actively recruiting rural electric co-ops, energy-intensive industries, and chambers of commerce from affected areas, has hired a team of lobbyists at Dutko Worldwide led by Andrew Wright, former chief of staff to Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va." [1] Other lobbyists on the account are Tracy Hammond and Mark S. Irion. [2]

Lobbying

In January 2009, Americans for Affordable Climate Policy retained the lobbying services of Hunton & Williams. The firm's Sean B. Cunningham and Mark W. Menezes work on the account. [2] The firm's lobbying registration form, filed in January 2009, says it will lobby on issues related to Energy/Nuclear, Utilities, Natural Resources and Clean Air & Water (Quality). The particular issues listed are "Congressional - FERC Relations," referring to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and "Climate and Energy Legislation and Renewable Portfolio Standards." [3]

The group spent $487,500 for lobbying in 2009 according to Open Secrets.[4]

Contact information

Americans for Affordable Climate Policy
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20004

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "From the K Street Corridor," The National Journal, May 24, 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Americans for Affordable Climate Policy," Lobbyists.info (sub req'd), accessed February 2009.
  3. Lobbying registration form, Hunton & Williams LLP for Americans for Affordable Climate Policy, filed January 21, 2009 and accessed via the U.S. Senate Office of Public Records website.
  4. Americans for Affordable Climate Policy lobbying expenses, Open Secrets, accessed November 2010.

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