All articles by Justin Gerdes

Managing editor Justin Gerdes is an energy journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a former contributing writer for Greentech Media and author of Quitting Carbon: How Denmark Is Leading the Clean Energy Transition and Winning the Race to the Low-Carbon Future. Contact Justin at: justin.gerdes [at]

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Energy Monitor’s favourite stories of 2022

Our writers are your guides to the global energy transition. To mark this year’s signposts on the path to net zero, Energy Monitor asked its reporters to select their favourite stories of 2022.

Opinion: Inflation Reduction Act is giving investors the confidence to bet on the clean energy transition

The Inflation Reduction Act gives the US clean energy industry something it has always lacked: long-term certainty. Companies and investors are responding with billion-dollar expansion plans.

Energy companies are failing to prioritise cybersecurity

The energy industry’s ‘attack surface’ expands daily as equipment is connected to the cloud. Experts say energy companies are not doing enough to protect their digital networks from malefactors.

Opinion: Supreme Court’s shackling of EPA increases pressure on Democrats to pass major climate legislation

The Supreme Court’s ruling in West Virginia v. EPA signals that the conservative majority is ready to significantly curtail federal regulatory agencies. Congressional Democrats must pass meaningful climate legislation before it is too late.

Here is Joe Biden’s plan to build a 21st-century power grid

The November 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law gave President Joe Biden new authority and funding to expand the US power grid. Energy Monitor spoke with the Department of Energy’s Michelle Manary about turning plans into reality.

Opinion: Ukraine crisis reinvigorates Biden’s Build Back Better agenda

The Ukraine crisis is sending surging fossil fuel prices even higher. Could a pitch focused on energy security, paired with reducing inflation, finally get the Build Back Better Act over the finish line?

Opinion: States are advancing Biden’s stalled Build Back Better climate agenda

With Joe Biden’s domestic policy agenda stuck in the Senate, front-runner states like California and New York are leading the way on climate action.

The US-EU green steel deal: Climate breakthrough or lipstick on a pig?

The EU had to swallow a bitter pill by backing down in its steel and aluminium trade war with the US. The resulting ‘green deal’ is a way for the EU to save face, but it could deliver real results.

US policymakers pave the way for carbon removal

The Biden administration says carbon capture and removal will be necessary for the US to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. US policymakers are working to scale up deployment of these technologies.

What will it take to build the US offshore wind industry?

A US offshore wind pioneer, Vineyard Wind’s Rachel Pachter is in charge of developing Vineyard Wind I, the US’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project. Energy Monitor sat down to talk to her.