Insights from our Editorial Team

  • A Case for Fuel Cells
    Oct 13, 2013 | David A Christian

    The U.S. Department of Energy released a report recently that stated that the nation's entire energy system -- the grid and all of its associated parts -- is vulnerable to severe and costly weather events and that energy disruptions such as those caused by Hurricane Sandy are just the beginning.

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  • Oct 09, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    What started out as a rate-reform bill that had been pushed by California’s utilities ended up as a law to increase the state’s renewable energy offerings. Among the big winners are the rooftop solar businesses, which expect to see more people buy their product now that the law has passed.

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  • Oct 08, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    For the last few election cycles, Ohio has been known as the key battleground state. But now it may be known for something else -- helping to establish a trend in the field of hydraulic fracturing. Ohio's environmental regulators may soon allow “fracking wastewater” to be stored in centralized impoundments.

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  • Oct 07, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    An interesting case is creating potentially unbearable headwinds for a Kansas-based coal plant. There, the state’s supreme court just reversed a state environmental ruling that had issued an air permit. The judges sent the case back to regulators, noting that consideration must be given to federal laws and proposals. 

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  • Oct 06, 2013 | Scott Shugarts

    National, community and utility-wide efforts to move toward greater renewable energy use are well publicized.  However, many consumers are becoming frustrated with the relatively slow pace of those authorities and are looking for ways to pursue renewable energy use on their own, perhaps even with a goal of being "off the grid."

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  • Oct 03, 2013 | Davis Swan

    Over the past 15 years substantial government and ratepayer financial support mechanisms have encouraged the installation of residential and industrial roof-top Photo-Voltaic (PV) solar panels as well as the development of wind farms.  As a result Germany has racked up an impressive scorecard of renewable energy statistics and achieved some very notable milestones.  As of the end of 2012 Germany had more than 30 GW of "nameplate" PV solar capacity and more than 30 GW of wind generation capacity.  For a few hours around noon during windy spring days renewable energy regularly meets up to 40% or more of total German electrical requirements.

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  • Oct 02, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    What was once a partnership is now an adversarial relationship. Southern California Edison is really targeting Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in its attempt to recoup billions of dollars from its failed California nuclear plant.

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  • Oct 01, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    An assault on the transmission grid in Arkansas is likely the result of a grievance with the utility or the developer's chosen path. The incident, under investigation by the FBI, underscores the need for greater vigilance of those assets that are the lifeblood of the American economy.

  • Sep 30, 2013 | Kathleen W. Davis

    In seven states (Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas), Green Mountain is a utility to its many customers. They provide direct retail electric service. (In fact, I was a Green Mountain customer when I lived in Dallas.) Green Mountain, though, goes beyond retail to partner with other utilities to offer cleaner power, energy certificates and carbon offset products that are available nationally.

  • Sep 27, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    A few months ago, most Americans had never heard of Ron Binz, who is President Obama’s pick to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Now, this man who has the support of a dozen former bipartisan energy commissioners, is the focal point in the battle for and against the president's climate change’s program.

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