Samuel Avro – Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Sam founded Energy Trends Insider (originally Consumer Energy Report) in 2008-2009 and has since maintained and built the publication to where it is now. His primary roles are business manager and editor, but he often finds himself dipping his toes into the world of web design and content management systems.
To discuss partnerships and business matters, or for media personnel seeking to interview a member of ETI’s team, Sam is the person to speak to. He can be reached at editor [at] energytrendsinsider [dot] com .
Robert Rapier - Managing Editor & Director of Analysis
Robert Rapier works in the energy industry and writes and speaks about issues involving energy and the environment. He is Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President at Merica International, a forestry and renewable energy company involved in a variety of projects around the world.
Robert has 20 years of experience working in the areas of oil refining, natural gas production, synthetic fuels, ethanol production, butanol production, and various biomass to energy projects – and has several patents based on his work. He is the author of Power Plays: Energy Options in the Age of Peak Oil, and his articles on energy and sustainability have appeared in numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and Forbes.
Andrew Holland is a Washington-based expert on energy, climate change, and infrastructure policy. He has over seven years of experience working at the center of debates about how to achieve sustainable energy security and how to effectively address climate change. He is an experienced writer and strategic analyst. He has spoken about energy security, Arctic policy, and water resources at high-level events in South Korea, Brussels, Washington, London, Geneva, and China.
Since April, 2011, Andrew has been a Fellow for Energy and Environmental Security with the American Security Project. In 2009 and 2010, he was the manager of the Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change and Security for the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). This dialogue, funded by the European Commission, brought together subject experts from government, the military, NGOs, Think Tanks, and academia to discuss the impacts of climate change on food, water, and energy security. He has a close relationship with a diverse group of energy, security, and environmental experts from around the world. Prior to joining the IISS, he was a Legislative Assistant on Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for United States Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska from 2006 through 2008. He also has experience working in the US House of Representatives for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Office of Congresswoman Roukema. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He is originally from New York City, grew up in New Jersey, and currently resides in Washington DC.
James Hamilton received a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1983, and has been a professor in the Economics Department at the University of California at San Diego since 1992. He has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC as well as many of the Federal Reserve Banks. James has also been a consultant for the National Academy of Sciences, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the European Central Bank and has testified before the United States Congress. More details can be found on his c.v.
James has published academic books and articles on a wide range of topics including econometrics, business cycles, monetary policy, and energy markets. But he think it’s a real problem if academics only write things for other academics to read. In his words: “A blog can be a very good way to engage the broader public and help inform my own understanding of what’s going on with real-world issues. I invite readers to join me as I share thoughts both on matters that I think I understand as well as trends or developments that may surprise or puzzle me.”
Will Rogers is the Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a nonpartisan national security and defense policy think tank in Washington. At CNAS, Mr. Rogers leads the center’s Natural Security program, which focuses on climate change, energy, natural resources and natural security policy. He has authored or co-authored a range of publications on energy, climate change, environmental cooperation in Asia and cybersecurity.
Mr. Rogers is a contributor to a variety of CNAS reports, including Cooperation from Strength: The United States, China and the South China Sea (2012), Internet Freedom: A Foreign Policy Imperative in the Digital Age (2011), and Lost in Translation: Closing the Gap Between Climate Science and National Security Policy (2010). He is also the editor of the Natural Security Blog and a contributor to the National Journal’s Energy Experts Blog.
Prior to joining CNAS, Will was an intern with the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where he frequently wrote on environmental security for The New Security Beat. Previously, he served as a legislative intern in the office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. He has studied abroad at the University of Auckland, in Auckland, New Zealand, where he was a recipient of the 2007 Political Studies Senior Prize Scholarship.
Mr. Rogers has a B.A. in Political Science-International Relations from the University of California, San Diego, with an emphasis in U.S. national security and foreign policy. He is currently a graduate student in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program.
Eli Hinckley leads the clean energy practice at Kilpatrick Townsend. He has more than a dozen years of experience of financial and legal support for energy and resource project development, with a special focus on efficiently realizing the economic value of policy and regulatory platforms, and has helped dozens of companies realize more than $1 billion in policy-based support for a range of projects.
He was the leader of Deloitte’s U.S. alternative energy tax practice, co-leader of the firm’s sustainability practice and co-author of the firm’s global climate change platform.
Eli has held several advisory roles, from acting as a senior advisor for energy technology and development companies to providing policy strategy for one of the largest natural resource companies in the world.
He has been a professor of international energy policy at Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and is a regular speaker and author on financial innovations associated with the transitioning energy economy.
Russ Finley is an avid amateur naturalist. He is also an aerospace engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, an Associate’s in Aviation Technology, airframe and power plant mechanic’s licenses, and pilot’s license, all from Purdue University.
Much of his spare time for the past decade has been spent writing about energy and environmental issues. He lives in Seattle along with his wife and two children.
Matthew Stepp is a Senior Analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) specializing in climate change and clean energy policy.
His research interests include clean energy technology development, climate science policy development, transportation policy, and the role innovation has in economic growth.
Before joining ITIF, he served as Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute, a think tank located in Oakland, California, focused on climate and energy policy issues. He worked on a report aimed at presenting an alternative strategy for building a US green economy through innovation-focused policies instead of the traditional approach of putting a price on carbon emissions. Prior to this position, he graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a M.S. degree in Science, Technology, and Public Policy. His thesis focused on qualitatively and quantitatively modeling greenhouse gas reduction policy portfolios and highlighting opportunities for greater emission reductions due to system synergies. This work has been published in the Journal of Energy Policy and presented at both regional and stakeholder conferences.
As a graduate student he was a Fellow with the Transportation Research Board at the National Academies of Science where he researched and analyzed light duty vehicle energy reduction policy strategies. Matthew also has a B.S. in Meteorology from Millersville University where he conducted a wide range of research on the meteorological applications of synthetic radar and conducted climate modeling studies at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.