Consumer Energy Alliance's tactics also questioned in Ohio and Wisconsin. CEA also ran into trouble in Ohio in 2016 when a group of Ohio property owners asked the postal inspection service and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to conduct a criminal review of the group. CEA had sent 347 letters to FERC supportive of a pipeline proposed by Nexus Gas Transmission, using the names of local residents, including an Ohio man who has been dead since 1998.
Fourteen Ohio residents provided affidavits denying writing letters approving the pipeline as well as giving permission to CEA to write letters on their behalf. Spectra Energy, a partner in Nexus Gas Transmission, also is a member of CEA.
CEA works with all types of energy companies, from electric utilities to natural gas producers. Last year, the group launched a 12-state initiative called “Campaign for America’s Energy.” The campaign’s stated goal is to counter the message of anti-fracking and anti-pipeline activists.