Former Coal Mining CEO Faces Prison Over West Virginia Safety Violations

November 22, 2014 by Christina Nunez

Mining and Safety

The indictment of a former coal mining CEO over safety violations Thursday sent a “strong message,” said the United Mine Workers of America. Don Blankenship faces four criminal counts and up to 31 years in prison for alleged safety violations at mines operated by Massey Energy.[read more]

FirstEnergy CEO: Renewables 'Sound Good' but Should Take Backseat to Coal

April 13, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander traveled to D.C. this week to speak in front of the Chamber of Commerce about the challenges his utility is facing. With electricity use flatlining and renewable energy eroding margins for traditional generators he called for a renewed focus on fossil fuels.[read more]

Ten Startup Tips for Utility CEOs: The Final Five

July 2, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Business models for electric utilities are changing – regardless of what the EPA does about carbon emissions, and learning to live like a startup business is not just a good intellectual exercise for utility CEOs – it’s a necessity.[read more]

Ten Startup Tips for Utility CEOs

June 25, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

When you’re privileged to be an Executive in Residence at a Silicon Valley incubator like I am, you enjoy exposure to many interesting ideas and thought-provoking perspectives.[read more]

It’s the Consumer, Stupid

March 8, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

The message in Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign, “It’s the economy, stupid” is a great example of a focused communications strategy.  Utilities and vendors of energy solutions and services that require figurative and literal buy-in of ratepayers and consumers need to create focused and layered communications strategies...[read more]

Differing Perspectives on New Nuclear Power Driven Partially By Different Positions in Society

November 1, 2009 by Rod Adams

During his appearance on Friday, October 30, 2009, John Rowe told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee believes that there is no market need to push the development of new nuclear power plants. He also stated that his staff has computed that power from new nuclear power plants can only be competitive in the market under...[read more]

SAP’s Peter Graf on the World Business Summit on Climate Change

July 10, 2009 by Tom Raftery

I spoke to SAP’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Peter Graf about his attendance at the World Business Summit on Climate Change which took place in Copenhagen recently. When you hear of businesses getting together to discuss climate change, you could easily be tempted to think they are trying to lobby for less regulation or for licenses...[read more]

Bootleggers and Baptists and carbon policy

May 21, 2009 by Lynne Kiesling

Lynne Kiesling In today’s Wall Street Journal, Bjorn Lomborg has one of the clearest articulations of the bootleggers and Baptists dynamic in carbon policy, and nails one of the fundamental reasons why the Waxman-Markey bill is bad policy: Naturally, many CEOs are genuinely concerned about global warming. But many of the most vocal stand...[read more]