Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Dec 29, 2008 | Staff Writer

    by Paul Wenske

    Until now, to equip your home or business with solar power you had to come up with a lot of scratch up front. Unfortunately, that often left access to the technology to the financially well off, to the curious or to highly motivated tree huggers.

  • Dec 26, 2008 | Anthony Mauer

    by Darrell Delamaide

    Power generation is likely to be the only driver for increased natural gas demand this winter as warmer weather and a sluggish economy dampen retail and industry demand, the Natural Gas Supply Association forecast in its annual winter outlook for 2008-2009.

  • Dec 24, 2008 | Staff Writer

    by Lee Buchsbaum

    A perfect storm of rising world coal demand and falling international supplies is creating higher prices for U.S. producers who can sell into the export markets instead of domestically.

  • Dec 22, 2008 | Kate Rowland
    From winter's ice and heavy snow to summer's tropical storms and hurricanes, extreme weather has been offering North America's electric utilities repeated lessons in emergency preparedness. Further, it has raised questions in state after state about whether utility companies are adequately prepared to respond to the storm-related outages, and what additional measures need to be taken in the future to improve reliability.
  • Dec 19, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Recall the windfall profits tax? No, not the one implemented as part of the Jimmy Carter presidential administration. It's the one proposed by candidate Barack Obama earlier in the year -- the one that would make Big Oil pay a tax on their "excessive" profits and the one that would shift that money over to ordinary folks to pay energy bills.
  • Dec 17, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Warren Buffett's bid for Constellation Energy could be uprooted. Electricite de France, which had also been interested in the Baltimore-based utility, is offering a lucrative price for half of the company's nuclear assets.
  • Dec 15, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Even in the worst of times, households and businesses need electricity. But tough times necessitate prudence. Declining demand by both businesses and homeowners will eventually take its toll on income. The duality has meant that utility stocks have performed better than the broad market but they have still lost value this year.
  • Dec 12, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Is it a bail-out or a build-up? That's the question being put to federal lawmakers right now as they try to grapple with the nation's economic woes and with how to allocate its depleting resources.
  • Dec 10, 2008 | Staff Writer

    by Darrell Delamaide

    Washington civil servants are bracing for that personnel hurricane that sweeps through the federal bureaucracy every eight years or so, when a new administration places thousands of political appointees in all the top jobs -- and some not-so-top jobs.

  • Dec 08, 2008 | Staff Writer

    by Gary M. Stern

    Utilities are facing major issues such as raising capital, increasing the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and dealing with a changing political environment.