Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Jul 31, 2009 | Kate Rowland

    There will be no magic involved in adding new renewable energy to the electricity mix. It will involve long-distance transmission lines -- lines that, in some instances, have yet to be built.

  • Jul 29, 2009 | Steve Schugart

    With carbon cap-and-trade legislation wending its way through Congress in the early part of the year, many electric power companies were taking a wait-and-see attitude toward new plant construction. And wait. And wait.

  • Jul 27, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Times are tough inside utility boardrooms. A biting recession and volatile energy prices are creating a backlash among the various constituencies, forcing those members to generally stifle pay raises and especially those for top managers.

  • Jul 24, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The federal stimulus package is expected to give rise to utility-related telecom spending and spearhead what may become the third link into consumers' homes -- one that would provide high-speed broadband access. Utilities, with their ubiquitous wires, will almost certainly make an indelible contribution to community development.

  • Jul 22, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Not long ago, the notion of adding reliability and intelligence to utility operations seemed arcane and dull. Now it has become vogue. The latest such advance is in the area of reducing transmission line losses and thereby increasing reliability.

  • Jul 20, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Exelon Corp. hungers to buy NRG Energy. But its "final" offer may still be inadequate. NRG's board is urging its shareholders to reject the hostile bid, noting that the utility has exceeded expectations while Exelon has not.

  • Jul 17, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Telecommunications giant AT&T says that it will renovate its gasoline-powered fleet of vehicles so that they can use alternative fuels such as natural gas. Over the next five years, it will convert 8,000 of those cars. It then hopes to have 15,000 clean-burning vehicles on the road by 2019.

  • Jul 15, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The quandary surrounding natural gas drilling is deepening. While natural gas is both cleaner and prevalent in unconventional forms, environmental groups have expressed concerns that it is becoming too easy to get exploratory permits and that drinking water supplies are becoming endangered as a result.

  • Jul 13, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Despite a credit crunch, the nation's rural cooperatives are exemplifying relative financial strength. Such entities are showing that they are able to secure lines of credit to conduct their operations and to build generation and transmission.

  • Jul 08, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    On Bernard Madoff's day of reckoning, he apologized to those he hurt. But he has yet to cooperate with federal authorities or to tell his victims where the billions he stole went.