Another name is NRG Energy ( NRG), the largest independent power producer in the U.S. and a company focused on the transition to a sustainable, low carbon society through natural gas, electric vehicle infrastructure and enhanced oil recovery technology. I'm also very interested in PSEG ( PEG), a company bringing its forward-looking resiliency plan to Long Island, N.Y., as LIPA gets privatized. I'm excited about PSEG's development of solar energy and combined heat and power systems, which actually maintained power in areas of New Jersey during Sandy. Despite calls for a more active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, there really hasn't been much to report on. But the cost of the recent U.S. government shutdown could rank comparably with Hurricane Andrew, the fifth-costliest Atlantic hurricane on record at $26.5 billion. A recent White House blog entry stated, "The government shutdown and debt limit brinksmanship have had a substantial negative impact on the economy." To put some numbers behind that ominous comment, Standard & Poor's believes the U.S. took "at least" a $24 billion financial hit from the government shutdown. Moody's believes U.S. GDP will be hit $23 billion. Blue Phoenix in New York. At the time of publication, the author had no positions in the stocks mentioned. Follow @bluephoenixinc This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.