Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Apr 09, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    No issue has been as politically polarizing as climate change. With the positions of both the right and the left mostly predictable, the power is now in the hands of the political and industrial moderates.

  • Apr 07, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Coal's long term future is up in the air. But if it is to continue to serve the American economy and to provide the preponderance of fuel that generates electricity, it is clear that the utilities using it will have to make it much cleaner.

  • Apr 02, 2010 | Steve Schugart

    In his days as a control room operator more than a decade ago, John Pespisa remembers working intermittent renewable energy resources like wind into the system. The footprint may have been small, but the resource had to be dispatched. "Sometimes at 3 a.m., you'd wonder where the wind went," he said.

  • Mar 31, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Utilities and environmental groups are coming together to help modernize the transmission system. It's arduous job, though, requiring conciliation and patience.

  • Mar 29, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    With the economy on the mend, investors may be ready to step up and help finance the energy sector's growth. But to do so, they will need greater regulatory certainty both at the state and federal levels so as to encourage risk taking.

  • Mar 26, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    When asked if America is the 21st Century version of ancient Rome, author Cullen Murphy responds in the Atlantic Monthly that "maybe" it is. Whether the country is in permanent decline or whether it is in perpetual rejuvenation is an idea worth exploring.

  • Mar 24, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Some in the power sector have unclean hands. A nonpartisan environmental group has published a report detailing the industry's mercury emissions and noting that the biggest emitters of them have not yet installed some commercially-available technologies that would cut those pollutants.

  • Mar 15, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    It's an election year and the Obama administration's record is fair game.

  • Mar 12, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Getting power generation projects permitted is a headache. That includes wind and solar. But a clever idea is now making headway -- to place such green facilities on land that is now contaminated.

  • Mar 10, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Both the European Union and Russia are planning for more nuclear energy. It's part of their effort to reduce carbon emission levels. With the two powerhouses dependent on each other to accomplish their respective goals, they have agreed to enter into a "nuclear partnership agreement" to assist in nuclear trade and safety-oriented transactions.