Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Dec 15, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Even in the worst of times, households and businesses need electricity. But tough times necessitate prudence. Declining demand by both businesses and homeowners will eventually take its toll on income. The duality has meant that utility stocks have performed better than the broad market but they have still lost value this year.
  • Dec 12, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Is it a bail-out or a build-up? That's the question being put to federal lawmakers right now as they try to grapple with the nation's economic woes and with how to allocate its depleting resources.
  • Dec 10, 2008 | Staff Writer

    by Darrell Delamaide

    Washington civil servants are bracing for that personnel hurricane that sweeps through the federal bureaucracy every eight years or so, when a new administration places thousands of political appointees in all the top jobs -- and some not-so-top jobs.

  • Dec 08, 2008 | Staff Writer

    by Gary M. Stern

    Utilities are facing major issues such as raising capital, increasing the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and dealing with a changing political environment.

  • Dec 05, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    The current financial turmoil has left Russia's electric market in a state of disarray. And if the nation went ahead with plans to ease electricity subsidies and unleash market forces then prices would jump and create even more tumult. The conundrum turns away investors, who won't risk their money if prices are fixed and fair returns are elusive
  • Dec 03, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Ontario's political path is the one less traveled. But the Canadian province's leaders say that the pioneering route is the one they were elected to pursue.
  • Dec 01, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Entergy Corp.'s planned spin-off of its unregulated nuclear generation units is creating a lot of stir among shareholders and activists alike. The idea is to create additional value for those shareholders willing to incur more risks. But opponents of the concept fear that ratepayers and taxpayers will bear the costs of any failures.
  • Nov 24, 2008 | Satish Saini
    One year ago, Energy Central called on one of the world's leading researchers looking into the promise of clean coal, Howard J. Herzog, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The way we burn coal today is not compatible with a carbon-constrained world, and we need new technologies to burn coal cleaner in the future," he said. "We're falling far short of the level of investments we need to do today in order for coal to play a major role."
  • Nov 21, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    President-elect Barack Obama can't win. Coal associations are skeptical of his energy plans because he is pushing carbon cuts before the technologies to fully achieve such aims have matured. Environmentalists are also cautious and contend that his advocacy of "clean coal" does not make sense.
  • Nov 19, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Any material that contains the critical chemical compounds can be converted to motor fuel. The technologies are promising and can use agricultural, municipal or industrial waste as well as coal or natural gas. But the key unknowns are what the actual costs of such endeavors will be along with where commodity prices will head over time.