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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).

Javier works as an independent energy analyst specializing in the confluence of energy and mobility. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Javier has helped cleantech companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He has authored multiple studies for energy think tanks and renewable energy associations on lithium batteries, second-life batteries, energy markets, and electric vehicles. Javier has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences covering a variety of topics on the Digital Energy Revolution we are going through. 

Why we started this

The global energy sector is undergoing a dramatic transformation, led by trends in digitalisation and centralisation.

The way the world generates, distributes and consumes power is being reshaped by rapid growth in distributed renewable energy; decentralised gas and oil production; innovation in efficiency; and progress in software and analytics. Coupled with the rapid evolution of electric car and battery storage technologies, the scene is set for a digital energy revolution.

 

 

This revolution has already wiped tens of billions of dollars off the value of old-world electric utility companies that have been slow to embrace change. That trend is now extending to the oil and gas and mobility sectors. At the same time, billions of dollars of value will be created for companies that embrace change.

energyandcarbon.com is an informal forum for providing strategic, timely insight on the technologies and business models shaping the future of the energy and mobility sector, with the goal of aiding business and political leaders navigate the choppy transition ahead.

 

 

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Why we need to ban diesel cars

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  • Gerard Reid

I recently took part in a podium discussion organised by the European Commission on how to push innovation in energy. All of the podium panellists were asked; if Europe could do one thing, what would

air pollution, BAIC, Berlin, BYD
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Technology shifts in solar are good for customers, but not all producers will survive

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  • Gerard Reid

I was recently at the Intersolar Conference in Munich and for the first time in many years I came back very excited about what I saw. We are seeing a big technology shift in solar and an increasing fo

Aiko Solar, First SOlar, Longi solar, mono-crystalline cells
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Why utilities have to become closer to their customers

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  • Gerard Reid

The digital revolution is all around us but as an energy buyer, I have not seen any change in the way my utility interacts with me, and this is despite every utility executive telling me that they are

Alexa, Big Data, close to the customer, digital energy
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Turkey wakes up to solar opportunity

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  • Gerard Wynn

Turkey is right to seek to diversify from imported natural gas, seeking indigenous energy alternatives, but so far has missed an important part of the answer in solar power. That may about to c

climate change, coal, natural gas, power generation
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The 3D’s and what they mean for the worlds of energy and transport

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  • Gerard Reid

The 3D’s, namely Decarbonisation, Digitalisation and Decentralisation are set to rip apart the energy and transport worlds as we know them over the next years.  For those who embrace these forces,

3D's, Australia, Bangladesh, Chile
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The implications of Tesla and 250m EVs on our roads within a decade

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  • Gerard Reid

I recently visited the HQ of a major global automobile supplier, a company proud of their near 100-year heritage as a key supplier of components for the internal combustion engine.  After a chat with

250m EVs, Apple, Atari controller, automobile
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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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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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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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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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Breakdown of the relationship between oil, gas and coal prices?

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  • Gerard Reid

We currently consume one thousand barrels of crude oil in each second of every day. It is by far the most important energy source used across the globe. Oil is used for heating, for electricity genera

coal, fossil fuels, fossils, gas
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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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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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