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Young Journalists on Energy Frontlines

Chicago universities dive into electricity of the future conference

Empowering Customers & Cities, a pathbreaking executive energy conference in Chicago next week, will pioneer new ways to get tomorrow’s journalists aware of sweeping changes ahead in America’s  power sector.

Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, one of the nation’s pre-eminent reporting schools, will dispatch two graduate students to cover the Nov. 1-2 gathering, according to Abigail Foerstner, a member of the science journalism faculty at the school.

Puja Bhattacharjee


The electric sector has evolved gradually over a century to become the most important engineering feat of modern civilization. Now, old energy sector business models and technologies are toppling as innovators pursue new strategies to combat climate change and erect a smarter, economic, resilient power grid.

It is important that a new generation of Americans embrace the electric power sector as the focal point of an exhilarating business, technology and entrepreneurial renaissance, industry leaders say.

That is the reason the Energy Times is bringing a small cadre of young journalists to a conference that features author Jeremy Rifkin, energy executives from around the world and diverse thought leaders who will explore sweeping changes in the electric grid and utilities now underway.

Hannah Moulthrop


The Medill students, Puja Bhattacharjee and Hannah Moulthrop, will generate coverage of the conference for the Medill News Service as well as The Energy Times.

In addition, Dipka Bhambhani, director of communications for the U.S. Energy Association, will be live tweeting the conference to #ECC16 - #Empowering Energy - @theenergytimes - @USEnergyAssn - and contributing articles on the conference to the Energy Times.

She has an energy journalism background as well as a graduate degree from MIT in carbon capture and sequestration.





Dipka Bhambhani


The University of Chicago is sending an assistant professor and six graduate students from the Harris School of Public Policy to the energy conference to take part in a special “SuperModels” business model workshop designed and put on by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.


Medill graduate student Amanda Koehn’s article for the Medill News Service last year, “Emanuel Says Energy Innovation Stimulates Growth and Five Crucial Energy Insights.





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