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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