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

Electric Road Trip

Video blog, week 8: Southern California

With David Ferris and David Iaconangelo behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3, the Electric Road Trip spent its final leg in and around Los Angeles. This corner of our 8,000-mile trip to explore how electric cars are affecting America took our reporters from LA's urban core to mud pots near the Salton Sea.

Electric Road Trip

Video blog, week 7: the West Coast

Week 7 of the Electric Road Trip took our reporters from Seattle to Los Angeles. Reporter David Ferris examined Seattle's struggle to bring curbside charging to city dwellers. In Portland, Ore., Ferris charged up on Electric Avenue before he glided through the redwoods of Northern California and on to San Francisco, where he met reporter David Iaconangelo. It seemed a no-brainer to hit the Tesla factory.

Electric Road Trip

Video blog, week 6: The Northwest

Week 6 of the Electric Road Trip tackled the open road between Billings, Mont., and Seattle. E&E News reporter Peter Behr and his wife, Marty Behr, watched their battery range rise and fall as they crossed mountain passes. They connected with startup companies trying to solve infrastructure challenges that could slow the adoption of electric vehicles in a place like Montana, where people might drive 60 miles to buy groceries.

Electric Road Trip

Q&A: Nobel-winning scientist put batteries in motion

Stanley Whittingham, a professor at State University of New York's Binghamton campus, joined two other scientists to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing lithium-ion batteries. The research in the 1970s and '80s led to lightweight rechargeable batteries, and it set the stage for modern electric car batteries and grid-scale energy storage.