Energy Barometer – the role you can play

Prof. Jim Skea CBE FEI EI President Elect

Prof. Jim Skea CBE FEI
EI President Elect

This month sees the roll-out of the EI’s new Energy Barometer, which aims to ensure that the voice of the energy professional is heard by policy-makers and in the wider energy debate. The Barometer will be drawn from an annual survey among EI members.

Some of you will have already had an email from EI President, Ian Marchant FEI, inviting you to join the EI College which is at the heart of the Energy Barometer initiative. This means you had the good fortune to be randomly selected from among the professional and pre-professional membership to spearhead the Barometer project. If you have received an invitation, please accept at once. The EI Knowledge Team is waiting for your reply.

The team is currently preparing a questionnaire, which will be circulated to College members in early February. This involves researching questions, consulting industry experts and the EI’s Energy Advisory Panel, and fine-tuning the questions with the help of survey experts based at the University of Cardiff.  College members will be given two weeks to complete the questionnaire online, which should take no more than one hour. In March, the EI Knowledge Team will start to draw up a report developing a clear narrative from the conclusions and identify strong or surprising messages. The report will be reinforced with relevant industry statistics and will cross-reference energy policy proposals featuring in the party manifestos for the 2015 General Election. The report will then be published at a suitable time in the weeks following the election, and its findings will be communicated to EI members, government, and the public.

I can’t over-emphasise the importance of EI members’ participation in bringing credibility and prestige to the Barometer report. We are determined to ensure that the report picks up members’ views, 600 in all, right across the EI. In practice, this means that we’ve refined our random selection in two ways: first by making sure that we meet quotas for Fellow (FEI), Member (MEI) and Graduate (GradEI) members to ensure that the perspectives of both seasoned industry experts and future energy leaders are captured; second by ensuring that we get equal contributions from those who have elected to receive Energy World and those who have elected to receive Petroleum Review magazines.

If you have not received an invitation, you have not lost out. The College will have a two-year rolling membership with half the members replaced annually so that we combine an element of continuity with an opportunity for a wide range of EI members to contribute. This year’s invitations will be for a mixture of one-year and two-year memberships – in 2016 a further set of invitations will go out and you may well be on the list.

People who are not College members can also join activity on social media to discuss potential questions and important topics as well as debate the report findings – join in the conversation now @EnergyInstitute #EnergyBarometer to help form the questionnaire.

This is an exciting initiative in what will be a critical year for energy policy. Please join in and make your voice heard.

8 thoughts on “Energy Barometer – the role you can play

  1. Peter F Gill says:

    I got round to reviewing e-mails that I had starred for “urgent” replies. Of course by replying on 26 January even I can work out that I am a little late in my response. I would like to participate even though my views are very unpopular with all those that have sleepless nights worrying about carbon dioxide.


    • sgregory7164 says:

      Hi Peter, thanks for your interest in participating in the Barometer project. Of course all perspectives are welcome which is why we’ve used a random selection of EI members, to ensure a variety of opinions and experiences are represented. If you received an invite, it’s not too late to RSVP by clicking the button in the original email. If you have any trouble, please email me directly at


  2. Elizabeth Marshall says:

    Dear Jim-Long time since we met at BIEE/IAEE gatherings.Needless to say, I am still interested in energy economics and would be happy to contribute to the new forum you have established along with other Institute members. Regrettably I missed the presentation of our Chair last evening in Edinburgh.At the last oil price crisis I submitted a paper to the Parliamentary Select Committee in 1986,on the effects of the downturn on employment in the UK North Sea.As you will recall, the price hovered around $10/bbl for a little while. Of course Zaki Yamani has closed his Global Centre for Energy Studies in Knightsbridge but looks like he has a worthy heir in the oil minister’s statement in Doha, indicating Saudi and Gulf producers are apparently intent on the USA taking over the Saudi role as swing producer!!
    I think this could be a proposal worth researching-ie if it is possible, and likely implications,Question is whether USA fracking business can withstand lower oil prices without going bust as many apparently need $85 to pay off their loans.Other question is US petroleum reserve, and how much it will take to overfill this,and others similar around the world such as the Chinese and when this is likely to take up the slack. Last points are :how many other cities in the USA will follow the New York rejection of fracked petroleum? Apparently reports like that from the University of Oklahoma,suggesting there are 400 contaminant and environmentally damaging chemicals involved in fracking have had some influence.Doubtless John=Lord-Browne will not share this view re UK fracking issues, but nevertheless it could still be an interesting piece of work to consider USA as a swing producer-esp if the Athabasca sands pipeline to the Mexican Gulf goes ahead in terms of downstream production and the fact that Shell has pulled out of their $6BN+ deal with Qatar.
    I hope you like the idea of investigating USA as a swing producer and await your response with interest!


    • sgregory7164 says:

      Hi Sonja, thank you for your interest. If you were selected to participate in this year’s College, you will have received an invitation via email on 5 January, and if you did not RSVP to that email you would have received a reminder on 12 January. Please check your inbox – if you have not received an email from us that means you were not selected for the College this year, but will have a chance to participate in future years. if you did receive an email and want to participate, please RSVP by clicking the button in the original email. If you have any trouble, you are welcome to email me at


  3. Roger Anstey says:

    Energy efficiency, one aspect of the climate change debate, is simply part of good governance of which we have seen precious little in UK for years. Although I’m retired I can still debate and hope to join the current EI debate leading to positive action by those in power.


    • sgregory7164 says:

      Hi Roger – as a retired member with years of experience in energy your views would be most welcome. If you received an invitation please RSVP so you can be included – if you didn’t receive an invitation, there’s always a chance you will be selected in future years. Thank you for your interest.


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