Energy citizenship

The energy-power equation explained

Power, politics, 8 billion people, and expectations for $100 trillion in investments until 2050. 

This is, at its core, what the energy transition is about. 

But for it to benefit humanity and the planet in both the short and long term, people need to be empowered by being equipped with a basic understanding of what energy is and how it affects their behavior.

This book cuts through the noise and the sensationalism. 

It explains in simple terms what energy is and how it relates to power and influence. It challenges current biases about what energy is by examining scientific discovery, economic history, and human psychology.

What readers think

Lars Schernikau
Lars Schernikau@larsschernikau
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📖 read "Energy Citizenship “𝙀𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙮 𝘾𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥” is a welcome and unalike addition to the range of books on energy in existence. Like the author Marco Montefiori, I breath, love, and live Energy… its concepts and workings… like Marco, I strive to better understand energy. ⚡Energy Citizenship has helped me to broaden my understanding and so it will yours, that I am sure of. Its writing is unusual, but captivating and fun, its content important covering diverse areas of the field of energy. ⚡In the 1st part, Marco explains how closely linked energy is to modern history of mankind, he touches on historic and modern sensationalizing of energy, “out of the box” thinking on the “energy transition” and “green tech… and so much more. I may not agree with every statement or conclusion, but the debate and learning that Marco fosters in this book, and in fact every day of his life, is what is so important and brings humanity forward. I thank him for that. ⚡The 2nd part (for me starts in chapter 10) I found most interesting, where he not only introduces novel concepts such as the Chief Energy Officer (that I from now on shall refer to as CE2O ) or the “Energy ID”. He goes on to define and explain the basic concepts of energy in a readable manner. ⚡The idea of Energy Citizenship is an important one… the call for energy education critical for a “sustainable” future, being fully aware that “sustainable” is just a buzz word but also so much more. This book is truly for everyone… and “𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙪𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝟗𝟗% 𝙀𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙮”.

About the Author


Marco Montefiori has more than twenty years of corporate experience in energy commodity trading for some of the largest energy companies in the world, both private and governmental. He has run due diligence processes, invested in, fundraised for, advised and mentored early-stage startups in the energy transition across the spectrum from electricity retail to battery technologies, photovoltaic, hydrogen and lithium extraction. 

As founder and president of the INSEAD Energy Club in Switzerland, he hosts energy events with the founders and senior leadership of disruptive technology companies in the energy sector, including carbon capture, solar thermal, and nuclear fourth generation. He is a certified Sivananda yoga instructor.

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