Joel Kirkland

Enterprise Editor


Joel helped launch Energywire in 2012 and served as that publication's deputy editor before taking charge of E&E News' enterprise projects. He has worked as a business reporter for Climatewire and was an energy policy reporter for Platts. He's won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for coverage of the shale gas boom. The Overseas Press Club in 2011 recognized his reporting on China’s hunt for energy and U.S.-China relations. He started his journalism career at Little Rock's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Later, he spent two years as a reporter and editor for the Prague Business Journal in the Czech Republic. A Chicago-area native, he holds dual degrees in history and journalism from the University of Missouri.

Latest Stories


The charging endgame is a pull for inventors

A telling benchmark for electric vehicles is how inventors and investors approach the challenges around battery charging. On two legs of the Electric Road Trip, our reporter Peter Behr called on two ventures that are aimed at advancing how EVs are "refueled" with electrons.

Electric Road Trip

Video blog, week 5: The western Plains

Week 5 of the Electric Road Trip is in our rearview mirror. We headed west out of Minneapolis, across the charging desert and flatlands of North Dakota, before landing in Billings, Mont. Snow dusted our electric Kia as we approached Big Sky Country.

Electric Road Trip

Video blog, week 4: The Midwest

The fourth week of the Electric Road Trip just ended after starting out in Detroit, the home of the auto industry. In this video blog, reporters Jeffrey Tomich and Peter Behr recount their visits with striking General Motors workers and a top developer of Ford's electric vehicle strategy. They cut west through Chicago and Iowa and up into the Twin Cities and its environs, where electrification has grassroots appeal.