Power Grab: Sharp Fights and Hard Lessons in the Global Race for Cleaner Energy
Jeffrey Ball, until recently The Wall Street Journal’s environment editor, is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.
The Steyer-Taylor center, a joint initiative of Stanford’s law and business schools, was created in early 2011 to study and advance the development of clean-energy technologies through policies and financial mechanisms that make economic sense. Ball’s research will focus on the intensifying race among companies and countries to corner the clean-energy market, and the implications of that race for consumers and the planet. In addition to conducting research, he plans to write articles, convene roundtables, speak publicly, and write a book.
Ball spent more than a decade at The Journal writing about energy and the environment, in particular about the economic viability of changing the way the world consumes fossil fuels. He covered the auto industry for The Journal out of its Detroit bureau, and the oil industry from the paper’s Dallas bureau. In 2009, he wrote a Journal column called Power Shift, which won an award from the National Press Foundation for its coverage of the changing energy and environmental landscape. He spent most of 2010 covering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, focusing on questions about the spill’s environmental effect.
Also at The Journal, Ball helped conceive, and was a host and moderator of, ECO:nomics, an annual conference on energy and the environment, which brings together chief executives, policymakers, and other leaders in the field. In addition, Ball helped host the Journal’s CEO Council, a group of global chief executives who meet annually in Washington to discuss policy issues and make recommendations for federal action. He moderated the CEO Council’s energy and environmental section, which typically includes chief executives from the auto, oil, electricity, mining, manufacturing, and technology industries.
Ball has appeared on PBS, NPR, CNN and the BBC, among other networks.
Before coming to the Journal, he worked as a reporter at the Charlotte (N.C. Observer) and the Corpus Christi (Tex.) Caller-Times.
He graduated from Yale University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News. He lives in Palo Alto, Calif., with his wife and two daughters.