Getting started with energy is overwhelming.
Here is a collection of resources, which have helped me.
ps: I have a similar collection for climate 🌳
First Things First
- Interview: Ramez Naam, futurist, author, and investor (Noah Smith) → Understand the implications of energy in today's world.
- Ramez Naam: A faster way to get to a clean energy future → Naam's TED talk on declining costs of rewnewables.
- Burden of proof: renewables and nuclear power (Prof. Tom Brown) → A 2018 article giving pros and cons of various energy sources.
- The Energy Security Diet (Art Lapinsch) → Basics of energy consumption on a nation's scale.
- Energy and War (Art Lapinsch) → Energy as an offensive weapon of war.
- Emergence of the Electricity Bazaar (Art Lapinsch) → Why the electricity market presents the opportunity of the century.
- A Curious Kid's Guide to Energy Regulation (Art Lapinsch) → Energy regulation 101. A bit of econ. A bit of policy. A whole lot of insight ✨
Energy Sources and Other Topics
Electric Grid & Electricity Markets
- Understanding Electricity Markets (Art Lapinsch) - Introduction into the eleven distinct electricity markets you should know about.
- The Birth of the Grid (Construction Physics) - A four-part series on the electric grid in the US. Origins, development, de-regulation, and future all explained in long-form writing 👌
Oil and (Natural) Gas
- Global Effects of Russia's War in Ukraine: Oil and Energy Expert Fark Finley (Intelligence Matters Podcast) - Good primer on global and regional energy markets for oil and natural gas.
Nuclear Fission and Fusion ☢️
- The Fusion Race (Packy McCormick & Rahul Rana) - Fun primer on the history and future of fusion energy.
- Dennis Whyte: Nuclear Fusion and the Future of Energy (Lex Fridman Podcast) - Interesting (but very technical) podcast conversation.
Online Courses & Learning Material
- Electric Industry Operations and Markets (Coursera/Duke) - Short and sweet introduction into electricity grids and markets.
- Renewable Energy Projects (Coursera/University of Colorado - Boulder)
- Politics and Economics of International Energy (Coursera/Sciences Po) - Comprehensive course on major trends and the different types of energy sources.
Courses I have earmarked for the future:
- Wind Energy (Coursera/Technical University of Denmark)
- Introduction to Solar Cells (Coursera/Technical University of Denmark)
- Tim Urban → The internet's favorite writer has a very good intro piece to wrap your head around energy.
- Tsung Xu → Tsung is currently focusing on advanced material science but his "Guide to the energy transition" is still an all-time-favorite.
- BloombergNEF → Data-driven news about energy.
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Also, let me know which other resources I should add to this list.