From the Editor's Desk

A Blog by Marty Rosenberg

Martin Rosenberg is Editor-in-Chief of EnergyBiz Magazine. EnergyBiz is a bimonthly business magazine for leaders in the new power industry. EnergyBiz is a controlled circulation publication that reaches more than 20,000 of the most influential managers, executives, legislators, regulators, lawyers and consultants who play critical roles in utilities, government, advisory firms, and supplier companies.


  • Aug 28, 2012 | Martin Rosenberg
    Microsoft recently ended its bid to create a new huge business managing consumer energy use. When the effort was launched, many utility leaders braced themselves for a bruising competition for the hearts and minds of electricity users. Microsoft and Google were feared as huge but nimble technology giants who would know how to mine information about energy use patterns to benefit customers....
  • Jul 17, 2012 | Martin Rosenberg
    Terry Jarrett, the Missouri state utility regulator, tells a story about how hackers two years back busted into the computer networks of a Puerto Rico utility. Before the dust settle, hundreds of millions of dollars a year were lost. That was just money. Other crisis scenario planners worry that a successful prolonged disruption of power supplies would quickly cripple and panic our homeland...
  • Jul 12, 2012 | Martin Rosenberg
    Jim Rogers is front page news as regulators and the media sort out 11th hour maneuvers in the executive suite of the newly merged Duke Energy and Progress Energy. Over the years, I have had numerous opportunities to engage Jim in close conversation about the forces shaping his utility and the broader power industry. I have always found him thoughtful and provocative. Jim was one of seven...
  • Jun 28, 2012 | Martin Rosenberg
    This spring I have had an opportunity to talk to a number of captains of utilities, public power agencies and coops. They have a nagging concern about lip service done to an “all of the above” strategy on energy. It basically is this. Utilities have a long history of going all in on one chosen technology until big problems emerge that force them to change course. I had lunch...
  • Jun 13, 2012 | Martin Rosenberg
    Soon after the launch of EnergyBiz eight years ago this fall, I had an idea. Why not assemble seven or so utility chief executive officers of utilities each year to discuss what excites them and what troubles them. What do they see as the future of the industry? Several of the CEOs have returned over the years. I have held these intimate on-the-record exchanges with more than 50 executives...
  • Jun 07, 2012 | Martin Rosenberg
    I didn't stay for Bill Clinton's speech. I already heard it - at the ARPA-E annual meeting this spring. It seems like the former president has been booked by virtually every major energy conference this year to be their star attraction. At the Edison Electric Institute annual meeting in Orlando this week, I joked with the head of one of the groups that is paying a princely sum to...
  • Apr 30, 2012 | Martin Rosenberg
    Tomorrow morning, it is ask the editor time in Phoenix, as I head out to speak to a conference of folks engaged in training managers and leaders of energy companies. Here are the questions they would like addressed. 1.       Martin, you spend a considerable amount of time interviewing and talking to many of the top executives of our country’s largest...
  • Apr 25, 2012 | Martin Rosenberg
    Reading the future of the energy sector is far from easy. And the consequence of reading the future is large. It could make the difference between vast profits – or losses, good policies - or bad. Here are a few of the tidbits I have noticed in recent days that had me rubbing my chin. See if they add up to a complete picture for you. Coal company stocks have fallen a shocking 57...
  • Apr 17, 2012 | Martin Rosenberg
    Have you ever wondered what the handful of executives charged with securing the finances of some of the most capital intensive companies on the planet worry about? Utilities are in a very expensive business. They hold one-tenth of the U.S. economy, it has been said. And they are poised to raise and spend $1.5 trillion – with a “t” – by 2030, a mere 18 years off...
  • Apr 10, 2012 | Martin Rosenberg
    I need to head out to Oregon this summer and sit down with the good folks of SolarWorld. They are the leaders of the effort to bring the full weight of the U.S. government down on their Chinese competitors for allegedly dumping their solar panels in this country at below cost. The SolarWorld folks tell me they are confident of winning their trade dispute. So I want to learn their strategies...