Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Sep 12, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    By making a $20 million investment in energy storage, Public Service Enterprise Group hopes to breathe new life into green energy. The New Jersey-based utility has entered into a joint venture with a key inventor of the technology. It will market the compressed air energy storage tools needed to generate power when demand is highest.
  • Sep 10, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    The nation's largest publicly-owned utility is telling its customers that their electric rates will rise by 20 percent beginning in October. The price jump is the combination of a long-lasting drought and escalating natural gas and coal prices. The increase is the utility's biggest in 30 years, although it says they remain comparatively low.
  • Sep 08, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Ocean Renewable Power Co. says that the waters off Maine's coastline will provide the foundation by which it can spawn a new generation of electricity. Its project there will start small and build over time. In the long term they say that the plant, to be placed in the Passamaquoddy Bay, would produce as much as 20 megawatts.
  • Sep 05, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    California's trend-setting energy and environmental laws are a noble but risky effort. While they are serving to create a new economy, the rules may also be hamstringing some utilities and businesses.
  • Sep 03, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    The public may be aware of increased efforts to beef up grid reliability, but it isn't focused on the work being done to secure the bulk power system from cyber attacks.
  • Aug 29, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Many utilities are once again in a position to invest in new power plants. But will regulatory impediments and community concerns stifle those efforts?
  • Aug 29, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Many utilities are once again in a position to invest in new power plants. But will regulatory impediments and community concerns stifle those efforts?
  • Aug 27, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Summer days will soon give way to brisk autumn nights. But the nation cannot forget the often oppressive heat and the subsequent strains it places on utility systems.
  • Aug 27, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Summer days will soon give way to brisk autumn nights. But the nation cannot forget the often oppressive heat and the subsequent strains it places on utility systems.
  • Aug 25, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Like everything else in Texas, energy prices are getting big. But is it the cause of deregulation or other factors such as the price of underlying fuels?