Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Feb 13, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Green groups are embracing the White House's motto that a new day is ahead. But if their clean technologies are to spur the nation's economy, they say they need practical tax breaks so that the current demand remains steadfast
  • Feb 11, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    A national recession means that it's time to curtail excesses -- except on Wall Street. Despite having one of its worst ever years in 2008, top execs are taking home $18.4 billion in bonuses.
  • Feb 09, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Tough economic times won't obviate the need for new environmental controls. That's the message coming from Washington now that President Obama has taken two critical steps in the battle to combat global warming.
  • Feb 06, 2009 | Staff Writer

    by Richard Korman

    There's one class of company that won't be lining up with a hand out for help from the troubled asset-relief program: Electric utilities.

  • Feb 04, 2009 | Staff Writer

    by Lee Buchsbaum

    Perhaps the largest coal-fired power plant now under construction, the 1,600-mega¬watt Prairie State Energy Campus in down¬state Illinois, might become a model for other successful build-outs as the electrical industry negotiates the green transition. The goal is to advance coal generation by making it cleaner.

     

  • Jan 30, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    President Obama's leadership may spur the country back on track. But it will take time. And until that point, many businesses have put investment on hold and some utilities specifically are scaling back their capital expenditures.
  • Jan 28, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    The country's highest office holders have declared that a "New Era" is upon us. But the foot soldiers must still battle the corporate actions that have diminished the nation's morale and economic standards.
  • Jan 26, 2009 | Satish Saini
    It is breathtaking how easily many now say, "This is the worst economic crisis since the Depression." The Depression remade America. It spawned the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, transforming the business landscape occupied by electric and natural gas utilities. It led to the construction of towering federal hydroelectric dams in the West, and brought electrification to the poorest hollows of Appalachia.
  • Jan 23, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    With the world grappling with ways to reduce carbon emissions and bring forth more energy resources, some are questioning why oil companies must still flare natural gas. The problem has long lurked. But as energy companies develop a wider liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure, the practice may one day cease.
  • Jan 21, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Politics is pervading efforts by the national labs to advance energy research. The laboratories all point to nuclear energy's viability as a fuel source, saying that future reactors will be safer, more cost-effective and highly efficient. That will give nuclear energy a regulatory advantage and therefore help such producers raise capital for their projects.