Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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.
  • Feb 23, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Members of the Europe Union are shifting their energy positions. Carbon emission policies there are giving nuclear energy added appeal -- even among nations that once eschewed such ideas.
  • Feb 20, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    President Obama faces two wars and the worst recession since at least 1982. His prescription to remedy the nation's financial ills is now termed as Obamanomics -- the infusion of roughly a trillion dollars into the American economy and specifically into new transmission lines and green energy production.
  • Feb 18, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Long relegated to the back halls of Congress, weatherization has moved up the ranks. President Obama has now signed the stimulus bill with $5 billion included in it so as to make 2.5 million low-to-moderate income homes more energy efficient.
  • Feb 16, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Hard times are hitting the ethanol sector. But such short term distress will eventually give way to economic prosperity. Industry assets will then operate at capacity and boost ethanol production in the process. That, in turn, will push this country toward energy security while helping to serve the overall environment.
  • Feb 13, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Green groups are embracing the White House's motto that a new day is ahead. But if their clean technologies are to spur the nation's economy, they say they need practical tax breaks so that the current demand remains steadfast
  • Feb 11, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    A national recession means that it's time to curtail excesses -- except on Wall Street. Despite having one of its worst ever years in 2008, top execs are taking home $18.4 billion in bonuses.
  • Feb 09, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Tough economic times won't obviate the need for new environmental controls. That's the message coming from Washington now that President Obama has taken two critical steps in the battle to combat global warming.
  • Feb 06, 2009 | Staff Writer

    by Richard Korman

    There's one class of company that won't be lining up with a hand out for help from the troubled asset-relief program: Electric utilities.