Energy in focus: The future of power plants and the energy debate in Congress

This week on Bloomberg Government’s Capital Impact show, BGOV focuses on the business implications of several heated energy debates in Washington.

  • Energy Analyst Rob Barnett discusses emissions rules for power plants, the future of coal burning power plants, and the latest on CAFE fuel standards and gas prices.
  • Energy Analyst Richard Heidorn discusses the U.S.’s sputtering nuclear power revival and why more incentives may be needed to kickstart nuclear plant production.
  • Congressional Analyst Loren Duggan and Congressional Reporter Derek Wallbank discuss the energy fights heading to Congress, the feud over fossil fuel and renewable fuel spending, the role of the Keystone Oil Pipeline in congressional deliberations, and other post-recess items on the agenda.


Rob Barnett is an energy analyst at Bloomberg Government. Before joining Bloomberg, he was an associate director of climate change and clean energy at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Barnett holds a master’s degree in economics from Boston University and an undergraduate and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University.
Loren Duggan is Bloomberg Government’s chief legislative analyst. Before joining Bloomberg, he was editor of Congressional Quarterly’s House Action Reports, providing summaries and analysis of legislation. He also contributed to CQ’s legislative tracking services during his decade with the company. Loren holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from American University.
Rich Heidorn Jr. is a Bloomberg Government energy analyst. He has been writing about energy and government for more than 25 years. He worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he won awards for investigative and business reporting. After earning an MBA, he served as general manager of an Internet startup serving electric and natural gas traders. He also worked as an investigator and analyst for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.
Derek Wallbank is a reporter covering Congress for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Government. He specializes in policy and the legislative process and is focused on the real-world and business impacts of what happens on Capitol Hill. Before Bloomberg, Derek was the Washington correspondent for MinnPost where he covered the state’s congressional delegation and the presidential campaigns of Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty. Wallbank graduated from Michigan State University. You can follow him on Twitter @dwallbank.