Gerard Reid has over two decades’ experience in equity research and fund management in the energy area. He is also a leading energy expert and lecturer, author and monthly columnist for BIZZ energy today, the German energy industry publication. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of European Cleantech Research at the US investment bank Jefferies & Co. Before joining Jefferies, Gerard managed a renewable energy fund. He has broad relationships across the institutional and private investor communities as well as amongst government policy makers, utilities and technology providers to the energy area. Gerard has been teaching in the university in Berlin for the last decade. Gerard holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree as well as a Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin.

Gerard Wynn has two decade’s experience in energy, climate change, the environment and economics. In 2014, Gerard founded the consultancy GWG Energy, providing communications and analysis services in the fields of energy and climate change.

Gerard also writes op-eds and analysis for a range of media outlets, including ChinaDialogue and Responding to Climate Change. Previously, Gerard worked for a decade as a reporter, columnist and analyst at Reuters News Agency, where he helped lead energy and climate coverage. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher in environmental and land use policy at the James Hutton Research Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland. Gerard holds a PhD in environmental economics from Aberdeen University (2002), and a Masters in Agricultural Economics from Imperial College at Wye (1997).

Why we started this

Gerard Reid & Gerard Wynn decided to set up this blog after collaborating for several years, initially when Gerard Wynn was working as an energy analyst for Reuters and Gerard Reid as a sell side analyst in the energy area for the US investment bank Jefferies.

The fact we are both called “Gerard” is simply a mysterious, happy coincidence, and our idea with the blog is to give you insight and analysis into the energy technology revolution that is transforming our economies, what we call the Digital Energy Revolution.

The major technology drivers of the Digital Energy Revolution include:

1. New power generation technologies

Such as solar have triggered an order of magnitude collapse in prices for building renewable generation, creating opportunities for massive energy savings for users with the flexibility and technology to embrace change.

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2. Advances in drilling technologies

In oil & gas have already transferred the global landscape and are set to change global geopolitics.

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3. Energy efficiency technology

Development is now showing significant cost savings across transport, industrial, business and home markets and is causing a decoupling of GDP growth and demand for energy.

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4. Smartness is becoming cheaper

Thanks in part to advances driven by the relentless pace of the 1+ billion global smartphone market plus pervasive internet connectivity which is reducing costs of batteries, LEDs, sensors and power controllers at unbelievable speeds all of which have uses beyond our phones and which will enable us to better use energy without thinking about it.

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5. Smart networks

Are enabling active pricing of electricity based on supply & demand, real-time as well as allowing increasing levels of decentralised production and consumer engagement. In addition, the combination of cheap semiconductors and communications technologies are enabling the Internet of Things which will change how we engage with energy forever.

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6. Coming of the electric vehicle

(be it powered by hydrogen or a battery) will have huge ramifications for the oil and automobile industries.

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The Digital Energy Revolution will wipe hundreds of billions from the value of many of the industries and old-world energy companies (and even countries) that are slow to embrace change. This revolution will also create billions for those embracing the new digital energy order. Just as was witnessed across telecoms and media, digitalization is driving massive new capital flows, which will also necessitate a reconfiguration of our traditional fossil fuel based economy.

Our goal with the blog is to provide a platform to discuss and strategise about these trends in an open and informal forum with the view of aiding business and political leaders navigate through the choppy waters ahead.

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Why the future of storage belongs to lithium-ion batteries

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  • Gerard Reid

Electricity storage is both complicated and expensive. Electricity has to be converted into another form of energy then converted back into electrical energy before it can be reused. Scientists have b

2nd life, batteries, Bolt, Chevy Bolt
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Saudi raises the white flag in its pursuit of regaining control of the world oil market

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  • Gerard Reid

With the OPEC decision to cut oil production, for the first time in 8 years, by 1.2m barrels a day to 32.5m barrels per day, Saudi Arabia has raised the white flag and admitted defeat in its attempt t

Donald Trump, Iran, Iraq, oil
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Can coal power hang on in Europe?

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  • Gerard Wynn

Investment in new coal-fired power plants appears off the agenda in Western Europe. Witness the astonishing write-down of brand-new assets in the Netherlands, where European utility giants RWE, Uni

Carbon, CO2, coal, Europe
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As coal power economics wane, Uniper looks to regulated markets

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  • Gerard Wynn

(This blog was first published at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis) Western European power prices have surged lately, partly on the back of a review and shutdown of French

Britain, coal, Europe, fossil fuels
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Why energy investors need to rethink how they look at energy

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  • Gerard Reid

Since the financial crisis in 2008, we have seen massive growth in global energy supply, not to mention falling demand across the OECD and weaker than expected demand for energy from countries like Ch

coal, energy, energy efficiency, internal combustion engine
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Why hybridisation is only a bridge to the full electrification of automobiles

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  • Gerard Reid

An automobile engineer recently described the new BMW 225xe Plug in Hybrid as the most complex automobile BMW has ever built. And if you look at it (take a look at the picture) you can understand why.

Beijing, BMW, BMW 225xe, china
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European biomass power is a stranded asset risk

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  • Gerard Wynn

Britain's Drax power plant is one of Europe's biggest coal plants, and it is in the process of converting its boilers to become one of the world's biggest sources of biomass power. These are facts.

Biomass, Carbon, carbon price, climate change
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The declining value of wind and solar to the German power system

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  • Jakob Schlandt and Lion Hirth

New evidence suggests that the value of wind and solar power on German wholesale power markets may decline rapidly in the next five years, potentially inflating the support they receive, and reinforci

baseload price, EEG, electricity, Energy Brainpool
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Decoding the Paris climate agreement

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  • Gerard Wynn

The world concluded four years of negotiations on Saturday with the first universal agreement on climate change. Nearly 190 countries pledged national climate action, and all countries agreed a global

Carbon, carbon price, china, climate change
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Lithium ion batteries versus supercapacitor

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  • Mark Cox and Olushola Ashiru

The price of lithium has climbed by 130% in recent weeks. Citibank believes demand will be 64% higher in the coming 5 years. Lithium is the ubiquitous energy storage element consumed in ever greater q

capacitors, Edison Power, Eestor, graphene
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Electric vehicles will have huge ramifications for oil prices

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  • Gerard Reid

A little over a hundred years ago, at the start of the 20 century, electric vehicles (EVs) actually outsold combustion engined cars. They had many advantages. They were quieter. They did not smell. Th

BMW, BMW i3, Carbon, electric car
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Carbon markets grow, but global price is out of reach

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  • Gerard Wynn

A global carbon price is out of reach, but governments meeting in Paris can promote linking of national carbon markets, and invest in alternative approaches for climate action, such as cleantech R&

Britain, Carbon, carbon price, climate change
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Ghana, Africa’s frontier in pay-as-you-go solar charging

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  • Peyton Fleming

KPANSHEGU, Ghana - In a remote savannah in northern Ghana, I’m sitting with a chief angry about the lack of lights in his 800-person village.  His residents can’t read at night. They have to walk

Africa, Ghana, off-grid, renewables
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OGCI’s Climate Initiative lacks initiative

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  • Stuart Haszeldine

When is $1 billion not a lot of money? Answer one, when you are trying to save the human species from global self-destruction. Answer two, when it is split 10 ways, and then again 10 ways. In an an

Carbon, carbon capture and storage, carbon price, CCS
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The Changing Nature of Grid Connections

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  • Alan Gooding

The current energy revolution is resulting in a move away from large traditional generation connected to consumers via the transmission network, to smaller local generation connected to the same distr

distributed energy resources, Distribution System Operator, DSO, Dynamic Curtailment
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What’s in a name: The risks from re-defining fracking

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  • Stuart Gilfillan and Stuart Haszeldine

New rules regulating UK shale oil and gas production, introduced last week under the Infrastructure Act, changed the definition of fracking in a way which may by-pass previously agreed environmental s

Britain, Europe, germany, natural gas
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Lithium ion batteries versus supercapacitor

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  • Mark Cox and Olushola Ashiru

The price of lithium has climbed by 130% in recent weeks. Citibank believes demand will be 64% higher in the coming 5 years. Lithium is the ubiquitous energy storage element consumed in ever greater q

capacitors, Edison Power, Eestor, graphene
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Germany can move to a renewable economy with existing technologies

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  • Carsten Pfeiffer

As Germany makes a transition away from fossil fuels to renewables traditional power plants are being increasingly used for backup purposes. The amount of conventional generation needed will only decr

biogas, CHP, coal, decarbonization
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The declining value of wind and solar to the German power system

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  • Jakob Schlandt and Lion Hirth

New evidence suggests that the value of wind and solar power on German wholesale power markets may decline rapidly in the next five years, potentially inflating the support they receive, and reinforci

baseload price, EEG, electricity, Energy Brainpool
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Our top ten energy and carbon blogs in 2015

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  • Gerard Reid and Gerard Wynn

We have now being running the Energy and Carbon Blog for a little over a year. We would like to thank all of our readers, and as way to cap off 2015 we include below ten of the most read blogs from th

Biomass, Musk's Law, oil price, Paris Agreement
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Our energy and climate predictions for 2016

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  • Gerard Reid and Gerard Wynn

Last year was an interesting year for energy and climate change! Traded oil and coal prices fell to multi-year lows, while there were record global installations of wind and solar power. On the climat

Bloom Energy, BMW i5, Chapter 11 bankruptcies, Chevy Bolt
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Osram’s Brave Move in Lighting

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  • Gerard Reid

In these times of fast technology change and increasing competition from China, India and other countries across the world, I am very critical of incumbents and how they deal with the challenges they

Asia, BMW, BMW 7 Series, china
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Italy: the Sleeping Beauty of Energy Efficiency

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  • Ivo Gattulli

Italy is finally coming out of a difficult economic crisis, as are Italy's industrial and business sectors. Now the common challenge is how to become more efficient in order to stay competitive, and "

20-20-20 goals, ancillary services, distribution, energy bills
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Solar may be biggest winner from Paris conference

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  • Gerard Wynn

The standout winning technology from a climate conference in Paris this week may be renewable energy, and in particular solar power, suggests a basic name-check of announcements, pledges and targets.

Carbon, climate change, fossil fuels, power generation
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Financial Stability Board pressures high-carbon assets

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  • Gerard Wynn

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has tasked a new body to develop a consistent measure of corporate climate risk, raising the profile of the climate threat to global stability, and perhaps adding m

Britain, Carbon, carbon price, climate change
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The Disaster called RWE

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  • Gerard Reid

Being a shareholder in RWE has not been a nice place to be over the last two years with the stock price down circa 60% with the recent share price increase (17% on Tuesday alone) a mere "dead cat’s

CO2, dead cat’s bounce, EDF, Enel
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10 Energy Trends that are Catching my Eye

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  • Laurent Segalen

TREND 1. : YieldCos and developers are definitely not the magic formula to finance renewable energy. Their business plans are too aggressive for their slim equity base, and they are too much leveraged

Abengoa, carbon sequestration, coal, Enel
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The last chance for Germany’s Big 4 utilities

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  • Gerard Reid

I found it quite amusing to hear Peter Terium, the CEO of the German utility RWE say that they needed new capital for growth and that it was very difficult for them to get that capital. I say this bec

Baden-Wurttemberg, Beegy, Big 4, brown coal
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Big is beautiful: Solar Home Systems are building Energy Infrastructure

  • Thomas Duveau

A whole host of Pay-as-you-go companies have set out to serve the so-called Base of the Pyramid, or the world's poorest 4bn people. While the name Base of the Pyramid suggests homogeneity and similar

appliances, arge solar home systems, Base of the Pyramid, Big is beautiful
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Lessons from the UK’s abandonment of carbon capture and storage

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  • Gerard Wynn

Britain’s withdrawal on Wednesday of £1 billion support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) may end prospects for the technology this decade in Europe. CCS is a barely tested tool which may all

Britain, Carbon, climate change, CO2
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Why National Grid’s decision to sell its gas grid is highly significant

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  • Gerard Reid

National Grid, the UK listed group which owns and operates natural gas and electrical grid assets in the UK and the US, announced earlier this month its intention to sell a majority stake in its UK na

Amber Rudd, Borealis, Borealis Infrastructure Management, distribution grid
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GUEST BLOG-Energy Market Reform for Renewables

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  • Michael Grubb

The UK's Energy Market Reform (EMR) was introduced for two main reasons: concern that inadequate private investment under the liberalized system was eroding the UK’s security of supply, and growing

Britain, Carbon, carbon price, climate change
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Why Paris climate conference will be a success

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  • Gerard Wynn

(this blog was written before the terrible events on Friday; we see that the climate conference will go ahead in Paris, from Nov 30 - Dec 11) Can a UN conference on climate change ever live up to i

batteries, Carbon, carbon price, climate change
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