Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Nov 13, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Recession is over and recovery is here. And while there's an economic lag, it isn't expected to permanently weigh down the utility industry.

  • Nov 11, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    It's not the ideal way to curb electricity usage. But the preponderance of energy sources saved in the last year is because of the economic recession. The rest is because of conservation and demand response.

  • Nov 09, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Coal combustion waste may be reclassified as a hazardous waste. That's a significant change from its current categorization as a solid waste, which has created a secondary market for the byproduct in recycling circles.

  • Nov 06, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Liquefied natural gas has lost some luster. But its shine may soon return. While deflated natural gas prices are now making expensive investments in the super-cooled fuel less appealing, the demand for energy will eventually resume and therefore put pressure on national governments to find alternatives to coal.

  • Nov 04, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    With energy and environmental issues atop the national agenda, America may fundamentally change the way it drives. And the utility sector says that it can deliver.

  • Nov 02, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The hydropower industry is gushing with enthusiasm. A new study commissioned by its top Washington lobbying organization says that with the proper federal incentives and initiatives, it could provide up to 25 percent of the nation's power by 2025.

  • Oct 30, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The green revolution goes beyond financing research and development. It is also helping to create a robust national market for existing technologies and shovel-ready projects.

  • Oct 28, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    As global organizations struggle to regain to their footing, they are finding some comfort in the wealth of other, foreign governments -- those willing to invest essential resources in their enterprises. But such capital is a double-edged sword and one that some fear could ultimately harm a nation's economic and political good.

  • Oct 26, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Coal is at a fork in the road. If it is to remain relevant, then the industry must work to commercialize advanced technologies that can scrub the carbon and bury the residue.

  • Oct 23, 2009 | Satish Saini

    The gleaming, metallic gray Schwarze Pumpe coal-generating complex rises in eastern Germany, not far from the Polish border. At the facility, Vattenfall is now running one of the most advanced efforts in the world to capture carbon for long-term storage.