Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Sep 19, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Natural gas is regaining the acclaim it achieved in the early 1990s. This time the hype is based on more than its environmental benefits. It's also founded on shale-gas beds that could provide energy for decades given today's consumption rates.
  • Sep 17, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Energy topics are lighting up the campaign trail. The discussions, no doubt, will enlighten Americans and influence their votes in November. Some clear distinctions exist between the presidential candidates and the winner will invariably create long-lasting changes in Washington and abroad.
  • Sep 15, 2008 | Satish Saini
    Over the past several months, Energy Central has met with the top executives of some of the largest investor-owned power companies, rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, as well as state regulators from California to North Carolina. Highlights of our discussions are featured in the pages that follow.
  • 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?