Tomorrow morning, it is ask the editor time in Phoenix, as I head out to speak to a conference of folks engaged in training managers and leaders of energy companies.
Here are the questions they would like addressed.
1. Martin, you spend a considerable amount of time interviewing and talking to many of the top executives of our country’s largest power generating companies – are there any common concerns or frustrations that they voice, or does it vary from company to company?
2. Martin, in your research of the American Energy Industry, have you come across any large Corporations or Markets that would be threatened by an Energy Policy that proposes Energy independence from outside nations?
3. With the advent of all this domestic natural gas becoming available through new drilling techniques, and the numerous uncertainties still associated with building nuclear power plants, what do you foresee as the future of nuclear power in the USA?
4. Martin, put you on the spot here – are there really any major differences between what a newly elected Republican or Democratic administration would do in regards to a national energy policy?
5. Martin, what percentage of our electric power do you believe is a reasonable number that this country can generate from “renewables” by the year 2020?
6. Martin, assuming that battery technology improves to the point where electric vehicles can compete with internal combustion engine vehicles without government subsidies, and sales take-off; do you believe our electric infrastructure, as is, could meet this new demand for electric power?
7. If you were King, would you proactively make changes to our national energy policies, or would you simply let the financial markets shape our path forward?
8. Your thoughts on the future of coal fired power plants as part of our nation’s energy mix going forward.
9. Who are the major lobbyists in DC influencing our energy policy today
I have many thoughts I would like to share with them.
What about you? Do you have some insights you would like to put before them?