Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Jun 05, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Summer weather will soon arrive. But the demand for power this year will be less than usual. And while the economic slump will hit power producers, they are expected in the near future to crank back up.

  • Jun 03, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The spillage of 5 million cubic yards of coal ash is testing the Tennessee Valley Authority like never before. Its immediate response and ultimate resolution will determine just how its neighbors and its wholesale customers interact with the nation's largest provider of electricity.

  • Jun 01, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Greater San Diego is making some waves. After a few years of squabbling, it has given the thumbs up to a private developer to build the biggest seawater desalination plant in the western hemisphere.

  • May 29, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Political science teaches compromise as art form. And nowhere is that tenet clearer than with the carbon constraint bill now debated by Congress.

  • May 27, 2009 | Steve Schugart

    It's 5 a.m. on a Monday and operations at the Puget Sound Energy trading desk are heating up. Actually, like utilities everywhere, the Bellevue, Washington, operation is never quiet. This flurry of activity is repeated from coast-to-coast as the desks gear up for that day's trades, and in this case, as the company's power generation bids are prepared for the day-ahead market.

  • May 18, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Congress is moving steadily toward carbon constraints. Such emissions are likely to be controlled through a free market system in which carbon credits are traded. In such a world, some utility researchers are saying that a place exists for both new coal generation and older units that can be economically retrofitted to better the environment.

  • May 15, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Wide-scale deployment is at least five years away. But the architects behind the first-ever power plant to attempt to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will fire up a pilot project in September in a test that could last up to three years.

  • May 13, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    With the worst part likely over and key aspects of the stimulus program about to begin, a sense of economic confidence is in the air. Yet, green energy developers are starved, not just for seed money but also for political and regulatory certainty.

  • May 11, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    During last year's Christmas season, the Tennessee Valley Authority delivered the bad news to its East Tennessee neighbors that one of its dikes had burst and released 5.4 million cubic yards of coal fly ash into the surrounding areas. While no one died, water tests indicated elevated levels of deadly pollutants that had killed hundreds of fish.

  • 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.