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.


  • Jul 13, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg
    It must be that the Mediterranean sun is brighter. The marinara sauca is sassier. Or perhaps, just perhaps, the government subsidies are much richer. My email in-basket today included a release from our friends at the Solar Electric Power Association that reports on their recent tour of Italian solar projects. I accompanied a group of American utility leaders on a similar SEPA fact-...
  • Jul 05, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg
    In two weeks I head to LA to engage our state utility regulators. I will be moderating a plenary session. Aubrey McClendon of Chesapeake Energy, Arun Majumdar, director of ARPA-e and Gregory Boyce, of Peabody kick things off by talking about the brave new worlds of natural gas, new emerging technologies and coal. We then will broaden the discussion with leaders in wind, solar and nuclear....
  • Jun 21, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg
      The high priests of America’s renewable energy sector, assembled in New York, are ready to take on national energy transformation. With federal deficits looming far as the eye can see, massive federal subsidies will wane but permanent tax incentives should be put in place.  The business proposition for renewables will have to become clearer and compelling. Those are...
  • Jun 13, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg
    Dealing with risk is emerging as the major theme at the Edison Electric Institute annual meeting now taking place in Colorado Springs. Michael Madison, the head of Cleco in Louisiana, recounted how his small utility bargained hard in advance with engineers and contractors to hammer out a fixed-price pact to bring to completion a $1 billion, 600-megawatt new power plant. On the...
  • Jun 07, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg
        I am getting ready to attend EEI’s big annual conclave of top utility executives in Colorado Springs next week. The chieftains will gather in times of unprecedented turmoil in their ranks. We will focus on one major source of change – mergers and acquisitions – in our upcoming July issue of EnergyBiz. And we also will identify the ten utility CEOs who had...
  • Jun 02, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg
      It has crept upon us. Now, we read that the shale play in the United States has successfully courted $250 billion of investment. Wow. That is well worth pondering. It vastly eclipses the few tens of billions of dollars invested in building next generation nuclear power plants. Piles of money are now pursuing the deep gas. America’s energy investors are speaking with their...
  • May 25, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg
      Yes, we live in amazing times. If you live and work in the energy sector you need to become a broadly educated Renaissance woman or man. Fast. What am I thinking? Is Scientific American on your reading list? If not, you may want to take a look at the May issue. It looks at seven technologies that may totally transform the energy scene. The seven? Fusion triggered fission...
  • May 18, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg
     Big new pathways are being forged – right here, where you blogger sits, in Kansas City. You may have heard the national news that Google after a national search settled on Kansas City, Kansas as the site for its first build out of its long-anticipated 21st century Internet fire hose. More than 1,100 cities wanted that honor. Google net’s 1-gigabit-per-second speed would be...
  • May 16, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg
      The future of nuclear power has become – well – radioactive. I mean, there is no way to approach it, wrestle with it and make sense of it. Siemens – the big manufacturer- last month said it is rethinking its role in nuclear power. Its financial chief said back in April, “Fukushima has to be an occasion for taking stock” regarding the nuclear genie....
  • May 11, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg
     I met Robert Stempel, the former CEO of General Motors, at a Department of Energy conference in Detroit a few years back. I was reminded of that meeting when I bumped across his obituary this week. Stempel is one of those rare persons one encounters in life who thrive by going against the grain. Rivaling others’ expectations provides such souls heaps of joy. Stempel steered GM...