Insights from our Editorial Team

  • May 21, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Europe's utility regulatory model is now unfolding. But the process hasn't been an easy one as commissioners there have wrestled with how to dislodge national interests.

  • May 17, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Just when the global warming debate starts to simmer, the reintroduction of legislation has caused it perk back up. Three senators across the great political divide have produced a bill that they think can win the votes to reach the president's desk.

  • May 14, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    The recession's end is signaling the beginning of changes in the utility world. Declines in demand along with those of wholesale electric prices are prompting companies to revise their business strategies.

  • May 12, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    The controversy surrounding coal ash may finally settle. National regulators have issued a proposal and have given industry three months to respond -- one that presents two distinct possibilities while still allowing the beneficial reuse of the coal combustion byproduct in such things as cement.

  • May 10, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Whole Foods Market, Inc. is aggressively trying to cut its energy consumption. Among its strategies is installing hydrogen-powered fuel cells at certain of its locations to supply anywhere from 50-90 percent of its electricity. The same system can also be used as backup power in case those stores should get cut off from the grid.

  • May 07, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Nuclear energy's prospects are even better now that the Obama administration has promised $4 billion for uranium enrichment projects. That's double the previous limit -- a move meant to complement a separate loan guarantee program to promote the development of nuclear power in this country.

  • May 03, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    The news is rippling all along the Atlantic shoreline: The Obama administration has given what may be the final blessing to the offshore Cape Wind project to be built in Nantucket Sound.

  • Apr 28, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Long opaque, hedge funds are now in the spotlight. The focus: curbing the number of natural gas and oil contracts they can hold so as to prevent market abuses.

  • Apr 26, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Big banks may get reined in. But will that harm the utility sector, which benefits from the capital that those lenders bring?

  • Apr 23, 2010 | Ken Silverstein

    Coal producers are trying to refurbish their image. But the current hardship in which 29 miners died in underground explosion in West Virginia is making it difficult.