Dan Vermeer: Why it’s decision time for America’s energy future


The “all-of-the-above” approach to America’s energy future involves tapping into all sources, from fossil fuels to renewable energy. But EDGE executive director Dan Vermeer says that seemingly inclusive approach won’t work. Dr. Vermeer explains why the time is now for the country to choose a path in this Fuqua School of Business Q&A. Q: What […]

Stop the handouts and start investing in cleantech

Fred Leffler

by Fred Leffler, MBA ’15 This article was written in response to a seminar given by Geoff Styles, energy industry expert and Managing Director, GSW Strategy Group, in an EDGE Seminar on Feb. 4, 2015 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. This article voices one student’s perspective and does not necessarily represent the views […]

Smart cities: Lessons from the internet

Jeff Fish

by Jeff Fish, MEM ’14 This article was written in response to a seminar given by Ken Geisler, Vice President, Strategy, Siemens Smart Grid, in an EDGE Seminar on Nov. 20, 2013 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Ken Geisler of Siemens Corp. spoke recently in the EDGE Seminar about the opportunities of, and […]

Why companies should value water


by Dan Vermeer, Executive Director of EDGE If water is so valuable, then why is it so cheap? Economists have long been fascinated by the water paradox – clean, abundant water keeps us healthy, provides our food, sustains our ecosystems, and keeps our businesses operating.  Yet we have routinely undervalued water, and have been willing […]

The new convergence: Smart grid, efficiency, and renewables

Josh Seidenfeld

by Josh Seidenfeld, MEM/MBA Class of 2015 and Dan Vermeer, Executive Director of EDGE For all the strident debates about energy in American politics (e.g. fracking, drilling on public lands, government incentives, etc.), no one disagrees that innovation will be critical in creating a better energy future.  And North Carolina and Duke are well-positioned to […]

Market mechanisms needed to drive energy efficiency

Kent Truckor

This essay by student Kent Truckor, MEM/MBA Class of 2013, was selected to represent Fuqua School of Business in the TIME/Fortune 2011 “Energy for Tomorrow” competition. As the winner of Fuqua’s essay competition, Kent earned the opportunity to join EDGE, Pop!Tech, and Reuters for an upcoming invitation-only energy salon in NYC. Read Kent’s essay below. […]

Cities and the global energy challenge

by Dan Vermeer, executive director, EDGE Following are Dan Vermeer’s opening remarks for the panel “Sustainable Cities:  Planning and Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities” at the World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 18, 2011. As millions of people pour into urban areas every day, cities increasingly demonstrate both the challenge and the promise of […]