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Platts Energy Week TV is an independent energy news and information program that airs weekly on CBS and PBS television stations in Washington, Houston and other markets in the U.S. The program provides a forum where prominent decision makers in government, industry and markets gather to provide information that their peers can use to help gauge opportunities and risks associated with energy investments and trading.

In addition, Platts Energy Week, through its Global Market Spotlight commentary, brings you exclusive insight by Platts’ worldwide team of market editors and reporters, allowing viewers to spot trends and make connections across a variety of commodities by region.

No other TV program provides a single platform for such far-reaching discussion of energy by such renowned people – a program that not only describes what’s happening in energy but also helps set the agenda. Platts Energy Week is part of a long and proud tradition of news and information gathering and analysis at Platts, a company that has informed energy markets for more than 100 years. Our publications, real-time news services and other information products provide the highest-quality news, information, analysis and price assessments in oil, petroleum products, natural gas, nuclear power, electricity, coal, biofuels, petrochemicals, agriculture, metals and steel markets.

Platts Energy Week is part of the WUSA 9’s “Sunday Power Block” of distinguished programming, including CBS Sunday Morning, Face the Nation, and BioCentury This Week.

Show topics include:

  • Smart grid technology
  • Offshore drilling
  • Nuclear energy
  • Renewable resources
  • Natural gas (shale)
  • Climate change

Show guests include:

  • Members of Congress
  • Top officials from DOE, EPA, Interior and other agencies
  • Energy industry CEOs and other top executives
  • Internal experts and foreign officials
  • Representatives from trade groups, labor, and environmental groups
  • Financial analysts and market reporters
  • State officials

Platts Energy Week is the latest addition to Platts' portfolio of more than 100 publications, real-time alerts and other information services dedicated to providing the highest-quality independent news, analysis and price assessments in oil, petroleum products, natural gas, nuclear power, electricity, coal, biofuels and other renewable energy, carbon emissions, shipping, petrochemicals, steel, iron ore and other metals.

What's New
What’s Happening on September 28th
Streaming video for this week's show will be available by 9 am ET on September 28th.

A New Era in Telecommunications
You’ve seen them before – those massive old telephone-switching buildings that house racks of aging equipment. They are monuments to an energy-intensive communications system that is giving way to data centers and new telephone infrastructure. But the transformation is gradual, and the energy costs of running both old and new facilities are piling up. Program Host Bill Loveless will interview David Walsh, CEO of Genband, a Texas-based company that is helping with the transition.

"Smart" Thermostat Powers Energy Savings
The Alliance to Save Energy gathers each year in Washington to award breakthroughs in energy savings around the world. Among the 2014 honorees is Nest Labs, a Silicon Valley company that has reinvented the thermostat. Bought by Google this year for $3.2 billion, Nest’s Learning Thermostat remembers home temperature preferences, creates custom schedules and turns itself down when everyone is away. Ben Bixby, Nest’s director of energy products, will discuss the company’s future.

A Look at How MGM Resorts is Going Green
MGM Resorts spends millions of dollars a year on energy to power its properties worldwide. But the entertainment giant is making energy savings a bigger part of its business strategy through its Green Advantage campaign, which just won a Star of Energy Efficiency Award from the Alliance to Save Energy. Cindy Ortega, MGM’s senior vice president and chief sustainability officer, will discuss the company’s sustainability plan.

Market Spotlight: Scotland’s North Sea Oil
Scotland's referendum on independence carried some big implications for oil development in the North Sea. And while the Scots voted not to secede from the United Kingdom, the debate suggests new oil-production reforms could be in the works. Platts Editors Stuart Elliot and Nick Coleman will offer a closer look at the issue.

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