Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Pike Research: Security, Consumer Benefits, Data Analytics
    Nov 24, 2010 | Phil Carson

    It's that time of year when pundits forecast trends. Pike Research appears to be first out of the gate, so we'll pass them the crystal ball today. Of course, they work pretty hard to quantify market directions, so this isn't a seance but the synthesis of key findings from their 2010 output.

  • New Congress is a tough sell
    Nov 23, 2010 | Bill Opalka

    The wind industry is putting on a brave face. It says that the results midterm election translate into support for renewable energy. At the federal level, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is pushing for an extension of tax incentives.

    Comments: 1
  • Renewable Portfolio Standard Dead, for now
    Nov 22, 2010 | Bill Opalka

    The renewable electricity standard has been bandied about Capitol Hill for a decade. That includes wind, solar biomass and possibly hydro as a clean energy fuel source. Expanding the definition to include nuclear and possibly carbon capture turns that into a clean energy standard.

    Comments: 5
  • Low Gas Prices, Economic Downturn Takes Toll
    Nuclear Projects Advance
    Nov 19, 2010 | Martin Rosenberg

    Declining demand for power and the economic downturn has contributed to a delay in proposed nucleasr power plant projects. But federal regulatory review is on target.

    Comments: 3
  • EnergyBiz Insider Appreciates its Readers
    Nov 18, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    As Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaches, it is time to say just how much we appreciate our readers and your participation in our forums. I'm a very lucky fellow to be able to write an energy column to a highly educated audience that is able to challenge me at every turn. It's made me better - and better able to prod the audience.  Coal Ash, Subsidies, Nuclear, Deregulation and Energy Storage discussed now.

  • TVA, Alstom, Westinghouse Forging Ahead
    Nuclear Renaissance Has Begun
    Nov 17, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Perhaps the nuclear renaissance has already begun. The restarting of one of the Tennessee Valley Authority's prominent facilities, in fact, may be a harbinger of things to come.

    Comments: 8
  • Driven to be Reliable, Cheap
    Nov 17, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    TVA, which is a wholesale provider of electricity, takes in $11 billion in annual revenues. But it has racked up $26 billion in debt. Providing reliable service is its mission, it says, while working to cut those debt levels.

  • Banks backing Solar Rooftop Projects
    Nov 16, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Some say that solar energy is in a dark place. Others say that brighter days are ahead. While a bad economy has dampened investment in most new enterprises, green energy has fared relatively okay. Investors have rewarded solar the most.

    Comments: 5
  • Subsidies Built Coal, Can they do the same for Wind?
    Nov 15, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Which sector has received the most government help? Fossil fuels get five times the subsidies, say wind advocates - a point quickly countered by free marketers who note that coal and natural gas produce a lot more electricity than wind.

    Comments: 8
  • Concentrated Solar Power under the Scope
    Nov 11, 2010 | Bill Opalka

    The federal government has approved large concentrating solar power projects on public lands in the West. Different technologies will be employed, giving the utility industry experience with multiple methods for generating solar power.