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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 August 31st
Streaming video for this week's show will be available by 9 am ET on August 31st.

Biofuels Brace for Blow to Production
The U.S. expects a record harvest of 14 billion bushels of corn this year. That should be good news for the ethanol industry, one of the nation’s largest corn consumers. But that’s not the case this year, as the Obama administration prepares to release new mandates that may cut into production of corn-based ethanol and biofuels. Bill Loveless will interview Bob Dinneen, CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association.

Big Bid for U.S. Offshore Wind Energy
The latest development in the Obama administration’s offshore wind energy push is an Italian company’s $8.7 million lease of an area off Maryland’s coast. It’s the highest bid ever in a government auction for rights to generate wind energy offshore, and officials say the 80,000-acre site could one day power up to 300,000 homes. Walter Cruickshank, acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, will discuss this prospect and others like it along the Atlantic seaboard.

Guarding the U.S. Power Grid in a “Google Era”
The electric power industry is moving from a so-called “Edison Era” to a “Google Era,” one with seemingly endless opportunities for utilities and customers alike. But new technology poses challenges and risks, especially in securing the power grid in cyberspace. Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, will discuss what’s next in the fight to guard America’s grid.

Market Spotlight: Upswing in U.S. Uranium Prices
Uranium prices have been showing some life, with electric utilities paying about $31.50 a pound. This comes after the price fell 20 percent earlier this year and remained flat. But some analysts say there’s reason to see upward price pressure. Platts Senior Editor Jim Ostroff will explain.

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