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 25, 2010 | Martin Rosenberg
    As the lightning crackled around a nearby a major manufactured housing factory, a group of American utility folks touring Japan this week learned Monday about the appeal of PV in this island nation. The Solar Electric Power Association group spent the afternoon touring the Sekisui factory in Saitama outside Tokyo. Here is the deal. The company started offering consumers the option of buying...
  • Jul 22, 2010 | Martin Rosenberg
    Leon Roose will be there. He is with the Hawaiian Electric Co. So will Sharon Staz, with Kennebunk Light & Power. SEPA has assembled a diverse cluster of utility industry executives from Hawaii to Maine and points in between to head to Japan this week for its third annual mission to study what foreign countries have been able to do deploying solar. The implication is that the United States...
  • Jul 15, 2010 | Martin Rosenberg
    It seems half a loaf is what Team Obama wants to now settle for instead of a whole. News reports surfaced yesterday saying the administration will press forward on a carbon cap on just the utility sector, which is responsible for one-third to 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, depending on who is doing the counting. The rest of the economy will be excluded from the cap. I wonder if some of...
  • Jul 08, 2010 | Martin Rosenberg
    The chart popped off the page of a recent Business Week. It is titled OF GREENBACKS AND GREEN POWER, One heading: total gigawatts of green power - and the US with its sizable energy economy is tops at 53.4 gigawatts. But China is fast closing on the US at 52.5 gigawatts. More telling is the category of green power as a share of total capacity. It begs a glaring question. The US stands at 4...
  • Jun 24, 2010 | Martin Rosenberg
    Dan Arvizu, the head of the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo., was in Kansas City yesterday to talk energy with the city's Economic Club. He reminded everyone how much the US has accomplished. "The United States is the number one producer in the world" when it comes to wind energy. At least for now. He and I have talked in the past about the roller-coaster funding his...
  • Jun 17, 2010 | Martin Rosenberg
    The capstone of the EEI annual chief executive confab, this year, this week, in Hollywood, Fla., was the concluding session.  Like most concluding session, attendance was unfortunately sparse as scores of attendees headed to the airport to get back home - or to the golf course to sizzle their brain in the tropical sun. Lucky for you, your intrepid blogger was on hand. The master of...
  • Jun 11, 2010 | Martin Rosenberg
    Before I put away my AWEA file for 2010, it is worth reflecting on the phenomenon known as wind power in America circa the summer of 2010. The cavernous Dallas convention center was swarming with wind entrepreneurs, giant corporations, consultants. A big convention would have filled one or two bays of the convention barn. This one spilled on wing after wing. Countries like China and the United...
  • Jun 03, 2010 | Martin Rosenberg
    It was a hot day late last week when I ambled up to the US Capitol in Washington. Among other things, I was there to spend some time attending the 13th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo + Forum. 13th? you asked, incredulous. Well, at one point, one of the speakers asked how many House staffers were in the audience. No hands. More on that later. Then, he asked for...
  • May 21, 2010 | Martin Rosenberg
    I heard it again yesterday in a webcast I conducted on overcoming obstacles to renewables. One of the more than 300 energy folks who tuned in asked, "When will renewables be able to stand on its own two feet without subsidies?" When will nuclear power be able to stand on its own two feet? Since the dawn of the nuclear age, the federal government had to provide backstop insurance to the...
  • May 13, 2010 | Martin Rosenberg
    I have seen carbon capture and sequestration up close, visiting one year ago a Vattenfall experiment in the technique on the German-Polish frontier. I am a skeptic about the effort. The Schwartze Pumpe facility on small scale demonstrates the carbon can be captured. And other tests are showing that here in the US. But what to do with all that gas? There is only so much carbonated beverage that...