Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Nov 11, 2013 | Jessica Kennedy

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making the coal industry nervous with a proposed rule that would impose new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from newly constructed power plants.  This would permit new coal plants to emit no more than 1,300-1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour.  While the rule is more lenient in its standards for coal plants than for those powered by natural gas, coal powered generating facilities will need carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology installed in order to meet the proposed requirement. 

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  • Nov 10, 2013 | Davis Swan

    The U.S. government had been "closed for business" while a looming debt ceiling crisis was pending. Now those same lawmakers must decide whether to extend the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). President Obama's official position is that the PTC should be extended indefinitely. Many in Congress disagree and there are is ample private sector and research lab commentary on both sides of the question.

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  • Nov 07, 2013 | Richard Schlesinger

    What is solar aggregation? It is treating several hundred or more individual rooftop installations as a single, virtual distributed generation power plant. It's an idea being actively pursued by some of the larger PV manufacturers and being considered by a small number of utilities.

  • Nov 06, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    When four of the most prominent climate scientists emerged this week and said that nuclear energy was a must-have fuel to combat global warming, the message caught their biggest fans off-guard. Indeed, the green groups are saying that the four know a lot about science but not that much about nuclear power.

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  • Support Coincides with National Showing of Pandora's Promise
    Nov 05, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    More than likely, those high-profile scientists and environmentalists supporting nuclear energy will not persuade their colleagues to change camps -- especially after the Fukushima accident. But they may soften the opposition just enough to allow a few more plants to get built in this country. That’s a start, the scholars say. But will it be enough to avert what they say will be the worst effects of climate change? 

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  • Nov 04, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    If water is the new oil and shale gas is the new energy savior, something has to give. That’s because the exploration for the unconventional form of natural gas uses so much water that it is encroaching on society’s other needs.

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  • Nov 01, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    When the Israeli Supreme Court handed down a high profile decision, it caught the world’s notice: The government there will be able to legally export 40 percent of the country’s natural gas, which is a newfound asset there that could benefit its internal economy as well as its foreign relations. 

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  • Pollution Cut, No Change in Reliability
    Oct 31, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Green energy is getting a bit of a tail wind now that a major grid operator is saying that the power source can provide clean power without jeopardizing reliability. Critics, though, immediately pounced on the study, saying that it was performed by GE Energy Consulting, whose parent has high stakes in wind production.

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  • Oct 30, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    After sitting on its tail for the last three years, the Obama administration must stand and decide. The issue: coal ash, which a federal court has just ruled that it has 60 days to craft new rules on how power plants must dispose of the material and exactly how such toxins would be classified.

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  • Oct 29, 2013 | Kathleen W. Davis

    As a population, America is aging. Discussions about the aging workforce, therefore, have never been restricted to the power industry. Papers, articles, surveys and reports on aging workforce issues exist in most industries, most notably healthcare. The entire workforce is aging; the power industry is simply no exception.