Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Sep 21, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    It's taken five years. But the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has given approval to American Transmission Co. to build a new 32-mile high voltage transmission line that will link two towns within the state and which will be complete by 2013. While obscure to most of the nation, the $215 million project may represent a gradual shift in how transmission is owned and permitted.

  • Sep 18, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The regulatory and financial maze surrounding the construction of new nuclear plants might be circumvented if some developers are able to commercialize smaller, less controversial reactors. Such efficient units could be built and shipped at a fraction of the time and money than the much bigger base-load facilities.

  • Sep 16, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Solar panels have never been cheaper. But that development may not be welcome news for the industry unless it is able to sell more units.

  • Sep 14, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    With the prevailing emphasis on reducing carbon emissions, natural gas producers could become more instrumental in developing national energy policy. But the industry must still demonstrate that it can safely produce and deliver its product.

  • Sep 11, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    A new government study is likely to give the Obama administration more fire power when it comes to enacting tougher mercury emission controls. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have found the toxic substance in every one of the 291 fish they analyzed with more than a quarter of those having dangerous contamination levels.

  • Sep 09, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Wind power's potential could be improved if developers had better forecasting tools. Knowing about when, where and how fast the wind blows is one thing. But being able to more accurately make those assessments is clearly a cut above.

  • Sep 04, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Duke Energy's deep pockets are giving it the wherewithal to help lead the nuclear revival. With ample liquidity and access to capital markets, it is, indeed, in position to possibly build its own facilities.

  • Sep 02, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    When it comes to controlling greenhouse gas emissions, China wants in. The bold proclamation comes amidst international discussions that are to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.

  • Aug 31, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The Enron saga still lives. Elements of the so-called "Enron loophole" remain intact -- provisions that that some say distort markets and drive up commodity prices.

  • Aug 28, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    With stimulus monies flowing, how will the government keep track of it all? While it's a sophisticated system bound to be fraught with problems, the Obama administration is nonetheless committed to ensuring that the process is transparent and above board.