Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Oct 21, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The legal dispute between two energy powerhouses has reached a new phase: Southern California Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are now exiting the preliminary stages of a $4 billion fight and entering into mandatory arbitration.

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  • Oct 19, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    California is once again on the cutting edge -- and this time with regard to its just-enacted energy storage mandate: Investor-owned utilities there must collectively buy 1,325 megawatts of such capacity by 2020, including 200 megawatts in the next year.

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  • Oct 17, 2013 | Lauren Hodges Pitcher

    Energy use in existing commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. But it doesn’t have to. On average, 30 percent of the energy that these buildings use is wasted through inefficiencies. Outdated lighting, oversized equipment, and poor operations are just a few culprits.

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  • Oct 16, 2013 | Ralph LaRossa

    Energy efficiency is the low-hanging fruit of a sustainable energy future, but it's not being harvested to anything like the extent it needs to be across our nation. Utilities are a key to changing this picture. No other industry is better placed to put its strengths to work to help customers save energy and money while reducing pressures on the environment - and providing value to shareholders, too.

  • Cyber Attacks the New Threat
    Oct 15, 2013 | Gal Luft

    Ten years ago, every city between Detroit and Ottawa, including New York, turned dark in what became known as the Northeast blackout of 2003, the most severe power outage to ever occur in the industrialized world. For the next four days the lives of 50 million Americans and Canadians were turned upside down, and, due to the blackout, the lives of eleven ended.

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  • Oct 14, 2013 | Sean O'Neill

    When considering national priorities, the appropriate role of government, and our quality of life, the topics of energy, water, jobs, economics and our environment are paramount. The debate over the federal government's appropriate role in energy production continues to be waged against a backdrop of winners having been chosen and continued subsidies for even the most mature electric generating technologies.

  • 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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