Calendar of Events

Dec 02, 2015 to Dec 03, 2015 | Houston, TX
Dec 07, 2015 to Dec 09, 2015 | San Antonio, TX
Dec 08, 2015 to Dec 10, 2015 | Las Vegas, NV


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Frontlines & Op-Ed

Will Natural Gas Move the Transportation Sector?

It has already changed the utility and manufacturing industries.

Ken Silverstein

In a free market society, it would only seem logical to allow the ‘unrestricted’ flow of goods and services, as it pertains to U.S. produced natural gas.

The Economics of Clean Power

And how the market has outmaneuvered the political forces, so far.

Ken Silverstein

While former CEO Charles Bayless says that economics remains the driving factor behind the shifting sands, there are plenty who would put the blame on the Obama administration and its “War on Coal.”

Is Nuclear Energy Still Viable?

Cheap natural gas is not just hurting coal. It’s doing the same to nuclear.

Ken Silverstein

As the nation strives for cleaner air and less carbon emissions, nuclear – the most promising carbon-free power source – faces stiff competition from natural gas, which is cheap, abundant, and a lot easier to get permitted and built than a conventional reactor.

Utilities Cutting Cord to Coal

It’s not personal. It’s just business.

Ken Silverstein

With coal’s troubles piling up, so too are stories about the industry’s “bleak” future in the United States – a casualty of cheap natural gas, thinning coal seams, and the pursuit of lower-carbon alternatives. Just as conspicuous: utilities, which have long allied themselves with the coal developers, are retiring their older coal units in droves.

The Driving Ambition of Elon Musk

An electric car in every driveway, a battery in every garage.

Ken Silverstein

Tesla’s Elon Musk is driving the electric car off the lot and onto the premises of America’s electric utilities, proposing to build and sell energy storage batteries on both a residential and grid-wide scale – ideas that the chief executive will fully flesh out at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual meeting in New Orleans this June.

Enron's Lessons

Are regulators managing market manipulation?

Ken Silverstein, Editor-In-Chief

Some will stray from ethical behavior. But markets must be regulated to maintain confidence.

Creative Disruption

Today’s technologies are causing utilities to rethink their business models.

Ken Silverstein, Editor-in-Chief

Fifteen years into the 21st Century, the utility industry is being asked to think forward, beyond 2050. To some, that's a bit of a stretch for a mostly regulated enterprise that has been producing power and sending the electrons reliably for the last 150 years or so. To many others, though, it's past time for an evolution.

The Reselling of Coal

Its future rests with new technologies – not outdated PR.

Ken Silverstein

If advanced coal generation is to reach fruition, then the coal sector will need a federal partner – one that it cannot afford to continue alienating.

The View from Here

What an editor learns about human nature.

Bruce W. Radford

For me, editing has always been about sharing the joy of learning with others.

Public Power Road Show

Sue Kelly’s ‘world tour’ brings APPA home.

Bruce W. Radford

There’s no one in the energy industry – and I mean absolutely no one – who is more on-message than Sue Kelly, now winding up her first year as CEO of the American Public Power Association.