Insights from our Editorial Team
The divide that separates Americans is noticeable. President Obama's vision for the country is where it all begins: Investment in clean tech will spawn 21st century businesses that carry us forward. Detractors abound.
Industry Leaders Ebullient at Major Gathering
Industry leaders gather at Distributech and predict robust growth in the energy sector in the coming year.
Industry Breathes Easier
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has delayed a plan to tighten carbon emissions rules for biomass-fired power plants and other sources. The EPA said its plan is to defer, for three years, greenhouse gas permitting requirements.
Outcome will have national ramifications
While the president is making room for some coal-related energy, he is trying to squeeze out other types of power plants and mining techniques. Congress and the courts are now wrestling with the dilemmas created by mountaintop mining. The result of that discourse will have national ramifications.
Funding Cuts Possible
The good news is that the National Renewable Energy Lab and its partner utilities are making progress in improving reliability and safety for the nation's electrical grids. Energy Central went to talk with the agency.
Winning Concessions Key
Two years into his tenure, President Obama's legacy is shaping up. At stake is how his agenda has eased the recession and specifically those policies tied to the creation of a New Energy Economy.
EEI and Solar Group Heads Foresee Fleet Transformation
Tom Kuhn, of EEI, and Rhone Resch, of SEIA, say there is going to be big changes in the nation's generation fleet as more cleaner sources of energy get deployed.
Leaders call it a pivotal technology
With the advent of the smart grid, the utility sector is now poised to thrust forward. But will consumers adapt so that the technologies can reach their promise?
Final Decision to Come
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission ruled that Xcel Energy's shareholders must pay a portion of the costs for SmartGridCity in Boulder, unless the utility can prove tangible benefits to its 1.4 million ratepayers in the state. The decision marks a victory for consumers and for intervenors in the case. But it also revealed a flawed process for project oversight and cost recovery.
Concerns over Nuclear Proliferation
The United States has ratified its treaty with Russia that limits the number of warheads pointing at each other. Now, the two are shifting their attention to an agreement focused on the civilian use of nuclear energy -- or the development of nuclear power.