A recent survey by the American Press Institute found that the majority of Americans, across all ages and generations, combine a mix of sources and technologies to get their news each week. The same can be said for marketing and communications professionals. Part of our job as specialists in energy marketing is to be in-the-know on all things energy. Most of our team spends a portion of their day scanning headlines and monitoring news; not only to determine where our clients might fit into the current news cycle or provide thought leadership, but also to maintain our expertise.
Here are 10 of our favorite sources for energy news:
- FierceSmartGrid – a leading source for smart grid news. FierceSmartGrid offers smart grid news and analysis for transmission and distribution providers on network intelligence, home networking, smart meters and more. Their email news briefing scours more than 70 sources to offer relevant news and analysis.
- Utility Dive – an industry dashboard. Designed to keep energy industry professionals connected with information that is critical to their jobs, Utility Dive monitors news, trending commentary and social insights, stock market updates, jobs and industry research. Its editorial team selects the most important, interesting and relevant content for their dashboard, and its “Dive Briefs” are ideal for those of us who are short on time (i.e. everyone). They also publish a daily e-mail newsletter.
- Breaking Energy – a source for energy market trends. Breaking Energy provides access to breaking news, analysis, thought leadership, reference materials and discussions about the day’s most important energy market trends. The site is considered a central hub of the industry community, which is transforming in response to changes in energy politics and regulation, financial challenges and technological advances.
- Oncor The Wire – a real-time news outlet. An interactive newsroom and hub for authentic stories, The Wire is powered by Texas-based electric transmission and distribution company Oncor (a Marketwave client). The site offers real-time news and chronicles relevant areas ranging from energy to technology to the environment and more. You’ll find a fresh supply of original, well-researched stories and opinions.
- The New York Times Energy & Environment Section – a mix of global and comprehensive coverage. I’ve always been a fan of The New York Times (like most journalism majors, I once even dreamed of writing for them). Their energy topics and global coverage range from biofuels and natural gas to nuclear and coal, and reflects the high caliber of writing and due diligence you’d expect. For frequently updated content, you can also subscribe to their energy and environment RSS Feeds: Energy & Environment News, Green Blog and Dot Earth Blog.
- Dallas Morning News Energy Section – Texas coverage on steroids. While much of the coverage focuses on DFW-area companies, Texas issues and ERCOT, you’ll also find national stories from news wire services.
- Huffington Post Green Energy – trends and commentary galore. The Huffington Post is the first news site I visit every day! If you want to get up to speed on green energy, climate change, fracking, the Keystone XL Pipeline or just need some “food for thought,” this is the place to go. Like other sites, they also offer several newsletters and customized feeds sent right to your inbox.
- Forbes Energy – strategic insight and information. While we’re technically not their officially stated target audience (affluent business decision makers), we like being privy to the ideas, stories and trending features from their network of 1,000+ staff writers and expert contributors.
- Linked Energy – the #1 energy group on LinkedIn. This group covers all things energy including: production, distribution and sale, petroleum refiners, renewable (wind, solar, hydro), electric power (generation, distribution and sales), coal and nuclear. With nearly 200,000 members, the group’s top contributors include a range of professionals from the C-suite to coordinators.
- The Maguire Energy Institute – independent, unbiased information. With the renowned Bernard “Bud” Weinstein at the helm, the Institute promotes thought leadership in the field and publishes in-depth papers and publications regularly.
So, tell us, what’s your favorite source for energy news?