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Hi. I’m a journalist who writes about energy, a topic that is often ignored but that has a profound impact on our lives. I write deep but readable stories about an industry that is undergoing a once-in-a-century transformation.

I wield the pen on behalf of E&E Publishing and its publication EnergyWire. Technology and innovation are my beat, and in pursuit of that I often travel and write profiles of newsmakers. I’ve also covered energy for numerous publications including Forbes, Popular Science and The New York Times. Occasionally I am on the radio and TV.

Some of my favorite stories are below. I summarize recent work in my newsletter, which goes out every six months or so. Follow my musings on Twitter, or email me at dferris AT eenews DOT net.

 

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Solar Power’s Rebel Capitalist  EnergyWire, Feb. 4, 2016

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Inside America’s Weirdest Energy Lab  EnergyWire, June 4, 2015

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Tech Renegade Looks to ‘Destroy the Utilities’ through Energy Storage  EnergyWire, March 11, 2015


Gleaning Clues on Sunny Days from the Clouds
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Electrify the Elements  Sierra, Sept. 2013

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SolarCity’s CEO on competition, pain and having Elon Musk as a cousin  EnergyWire, Nov. 10, 2014

 

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Why NRG’s Green Crusade Faltered  EnergyWire, March 7, 2016

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Can California Rule in Energy Storage?  EnergyWire, June 2, 2014

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Why the Oil Majors Are Backing Away from Renewable Energy  EnergyWire, Oct. 3, 2014

Utilities’ New Partner: The Marijuana Industry  EnergyWire, Aug. 8, 2014

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The New American Way of Inventing Things  EnergyWire, July 9, 2015

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Smart Thermostats Turn Up the Heat on the Internet of Things  EnergyWire, Apr. 14, 2014


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Can Big Data Make a Dumb Building Smart? EnergyWire, Feb. 18, 2016

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Storing Renewable Energy In a Thousand Basements  EnergyWire,  Sept. 15, 2014

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The Desirable, All-Natural (and Extremely Hard) Way to Light an Office  EnergyWire,  March 4, 2015

In LEDs, Some See an Intelligence to Rival Smartphones   EnergyWire,  Dec. 15, 2015

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Solar Designs from Nature  Sierra, Jan. 2013

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How Wireless Charging Will Make Life Simpler (and Greener)   Forbes, July 24, 2012

 

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Cuba Wants Clean Energy. Can the U.S. Deliver?  EnergyWire,  June 25, 2015

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Out of India’s Trash Heaps, a Controversy on Incineration Yale Environment 360, Dec. 3, 2013

Russia’s Power Grid, Held Together with Spit and Grit  EnergyWire, Dec. 14, 2014

India’s Only Electric Car Revamped to Woo Drivers  New York Times,  Mar. 4, 2013

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How Solar Can Save India’s Farmers  Smithsonian,   June 26, 2013

Inside the Retro World of Cuban Energy   EnergyWire, June 26, 2015

 

 

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Ice Manliness Cometh  Sierra, Nov. 2009

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Helping Others Find Their Inner Adventurer (pdf)  Adventure Sports Journal,  Jan. 2003

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Getting Lucky  Smith, Dec. 21, 2006

Fighting to Keep Fit   Men’s Journal,  Jan. 2010

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Good Going  Sierra,  Nov. 2007

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Mountain Bikes for Beginners (pdf)  Camping Life, July 2004

 

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Up on the Farm  Sierra, Nov. 2012

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Last Train to Paradise  American Way, July 15, 2009

Message in a Bottle  Sierra, May 2009

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How Rooftop Greenhouses Could Revolutionize the Supermarket  Forbes, Apr. 11, 2012

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