Insights from our Editorial Team

  • May 08, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Pending climate legislation could transform the nation's energy sector, prompting an assortment of special interests to line Capitol Hill. Industry and environmentalists are constitutionally permitted to petition their government, meaning that any final bill will represent an amalgam of concerns and likely reflect a measured response.

  • May 06, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    If green energy is to launch the nation into a new economic realm, then modern technologies and skilled engineers must be the catalyst. But a flood of retirements may thwart that promise, prompting industry, academia and government to collaborate and offer tangible ways to ensure progress.

  • May 04, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Times are tough. But utilities are buckling down. It's about maximizing performance for the betterment of shareholders, customers and employees.

  • May 01, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    It may be a lot hot air. But the Obama administration says that wind facilities placed offshore along the East Coast could replace most of the coal-fired power plants now in the United States. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says that the technology to do so currently exists and that it would be a "very real possibility."

  • Apr 29, 2009 | Steve Schugart

    When wind farm developers lined up at a grid operator's or utility's door a few years ago, plans to add a new project didn't cause undue concern. After all, 10 megawatts here, 50 megawatts there, weren't going to significantly change the scheduling.

  • Apr 24, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Carbon constraints are coming to the United States. But the key question is whether Congress or the Environmental Protection Agency compels them.

  • Apr 22, 2009 | Kate Rowland

    With all the recent discussion of a national or "super" grid by the federal politicians, it's easy to forget that the idea is not new. In fact, the concept of a wide-area transmission network enabling the trading of high volumes of electricity across vast distances dates back to the 1960s when Europe began unifying its system.

  • Apr 20, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The energy sector could spark the rejuvenation of America. It's all about the production of alternative energy and green jobs and it is being spearheaded by the president of the United States.

  • Apr 17, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Carbon legislation is sweeping through the House. But the passage of any such bill must still climb a long way before it would become law.

  • Apr 15, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Foreign intruders have entered the country. But they did so from the comfort of their living rooms or offices. The news that the Russians and the Chinese are alleged to have hacked their way into the nation's electrical grid and left behind secret codes that could later wreak havoc is distressing -- but not unpredictable.