Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Mar 25, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    If not Yucca Mountain, then what? That's the question that the nuclear energy sector is asking the Obama administration, which has effectively killed the permanent repository for spent fuel by cutting off its funding.

  • Mar 23, 2009 | Steve Schugart

    A federal mandate requiring utilities to acquire increasing amounts of renewable energy could be enacted as soon as this year. President Barack Obama had it as one of his energy campaign planks and in recent years both houses of Congress have passed their own versions -- but never at the same time or ever in any final energy bill.

  • Mar 16, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    It may seem contradictory. But according to both industry and environmental groups, the discrepancies in policies can be explained. At issue: cap-and-trade.

  • Mar 13, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    p>Electricite de France's 49 percent acquisition of Constellation Energy's nuclear assets signifies its belief that nuclear energy will gain traction in the United States. As a first step, it will join forces with a company in which it already has relations and which is an established entity.
  • Mar 11, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The utility sector will fuel the light at the end of this dark tunnel. And while power companies are enduring during this difficult time period, they too have had to adapt to declining economic growth.

  • Mar 09, 2009 | Satish Saini
    Think of all the electric power used by residential consumers in New York City. Multiply that vast virtual battery by 14. That is the amount of electricity that can be saved in 2030 if we finally get serious about rescuing every wasted crumb of an electron that can be scrounged from our energy feast.
  • Mar 06, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Boulder, Colorado's idyllic setting may be the perfect spot to test the intelligent grid. The city, home to roughly 100,000 well-educated people, has its own power plants and substations. Those dynamics therefore give the city's provider, Xcel Energy, the potential to be the "utility of the future."
  • Mar 04, 2009 | Steve Schugart

    Consumers want to buy more of it. States are demanding utilities buy or supply ever-increasing amounts. Policymakers see it as the best hope of reducing carbon emissions. And the power industry is trying to adjust to all of these pressures.

  • Feb 27, 2009 | Kate Rowland
    Transmission wires have always been the transportation workhorses of the electric grid. Directing electrical current from generation to substation, these aging electricity highways have traditionally lacked intelligence.
  • Feb 25, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Xcel Energy is rolling out sophisticated new technologies to enhance grid reliability and improve energy conservation. It says that the efforts will transform not just the utility but also the entire industry, which has seen little change during its long history. As such, the power company is installing "intelligent utility" technologies in Boulder, Colo. that can remotely monitor the system and will communicate with consumers to control energy usage.