Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Sep 26, 2013 | Scott Shugarts

    Basic laws of supply and demand dictate that as global demand for energy continues to rise, the price of energy will rise as well.  These expected energy price increases, along with environmental and security concerns, have led to an explosion in the renewable energy industries, especially at the individual consumer level.

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  • Sep 25, 2013 | Emily Norton

    A battle is looming over efforts to update the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which will take place Oct 5-10 in Atlantic City.  The new IECC, recognized in federal statutes as America’s model energy code, will be voted on by local and state officials from across the nation.

  • Sep 24, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    California is ambivalent. But Governor Brown has given credence to the pursuit of new wealth via the Monterey Shale. The state has suffered economically and it can now, literally, dig its way out by allowing access to key oil deposits. That would add jobs, boost tax revenues and fuel the auto sector. The trick is to tap that potential without undermining the state’s impressive list of environmental achievements.

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  • University of Texas Study Gives Positive Review
    Sep 23, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    When it comes to fueling power plants, natural gas has become the path of “least resistance.” But one impediment to becoming the “fuel of choice” has been concerns over excessive methane releases, which is the most potent greenhouse gas of them all. A new study, though, is easing some of those worries.

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  • Sep 20, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Having received millions of public comments since it had issued carbon proposals last year, the Environmental Protection Agency went back to the drawing board. On Friday, it delivered its revisions, which are now out for a subsequent review.

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  • Sep 19, 2013 | Darrell Delamaide

    Electrification in the United States often proceeded from a diesel generator and local distribution in an isolated town to the development of the big utilities and complex grid of generation, transmission and distribution of the 21st century. Now, however, a convergence of smart grid technology, renewable energy development, and an increasing number of weather-related grid outages is sending us back to the future and a new kind of microgrid.

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  • Sep 18, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The one thing that the national electorate can agree on is that its congressional representation is in disarray. But the one piece of legislation that has had bipartisan support is now in jeopardy. It centers on making buildings more energy efficient while training workers to do those jobs.

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  • Sep 17, 2013 | Davis Swan

    The financial analysis I did recently to determine the cost of switching 80% of U.S. electricity production to wind power, together with a growing trend towards reconsideration of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) has raised a serious question in my mind about the best path forward. In my blog posting I came up with a figure of $3.6 trillion to make the switch to wind power. What I didn't state in that blog post was that I actually don't think even that amount of money gets the job done.

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  • Sep 16, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Ron Binz’ record speaks for itself. He should be proud of his contributions to both the Colorado energy landscape and to the national energy debate. The fact that he is endorsed by a bipartisan group of former FERC Commissioners speaks volumes -- that he has the judicial integrity and intellectual insight to guide this agency into the next iteration of its history.

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  • Sep 13, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    It’s the quiet before the storm. Or, stated differently, tense negotiations are now occurring just before the Obama administration unleashes it “shock and awe” campaign on the coal sector -- an industry that has fought to retain its throne and that had tried desperately to defeat the president. Indeed, the Environmental Protection Agency is revising its proposed rules for the construction of new coal facilities, which should be released this coming week.

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