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Top 100: Smart Grid Influencers

by | Sep 24, 2019 | Influencer Lists,

The demand for power is undoubtedly increasing, whether that’s home chargers for electric cars, or Alexa reading out recipes in your kitchen, we need power. The odd thing is, that the current power grid is quite old, and with technology (and power sources) evolving, why shouldn’t the grid itself?


Everything seems to be quite smart nowadays, from our fridges to our kettles. Power grids however, aren’t up to par. The benefits from a smart grid are many, from quicker restoration after a power disruption, to the ability to implement large-scale renewable energy systems. Unsurprisingly, all this new technology will take quite a while to introduce, but it is slowly being introduced into most homes,

Recently, ‘smart meters’ have made their way into a large number of residential properties. What this means, is real-time data from smart meters being sent to utility providers. This leads to network analysis, behavioural analysis and predictive analytics being carried out, which allows outcomes to be managed, whether that be integration of renewables, fault detection or efficiency improvements.


We analysed over 973,443 smart grid-related posts from 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019. We then identified the top 100 most influential individuals leading the discussion on social media. Below you can see a network map of the online conversation around smart grids. The top influencer Mike Hudema is at the centre highlighted in blue. This map was created using the Onalytica platform. The ranking analyses a variety of personas from industry experts, to social amplifiers and content creators as well as journalists and politicians so there’s quite a mix of influencers that have been identified.


We looked at all the individuals engaging on Twitter to bring you a list of the top influential experts discussing smart grids. Below we have a list of the top 50 influencers discussing smart grid technology online. If you want to see who ranks from 51 – 100 be sure to download the full report by filling the form in below.

Rank Twitter Handle Name Role Influencer Score
1 @MikeHudema Mike Hudema Activist 100
2 @drvox David Roberts Journalist 85.75
3 @THEnergyNet Dr Thomas Hillig Entrepreneur 76.09
4 @mzjacobson Mark Z. Jacobson Academic 72.98
5 @KirkDBorne Kirk Borne Tech Professional 70.46
6 @RichardMeyerDC Richard Meyer C-Suite 63.42
7 @Sustainable2050 Kees van der Leun Energy Professional 61.83
8 @simonahac Simon Holmes à Court C-Suite 56.82
9 @emilygosden Emily Gosden Journalist 56.53
10 @bslotterback Brendon Slotterback Energy Professional 53.02
11 @Sammy_Roth Sammy Roth Journalist 52.27
12 @CRudinschi Carolina Rudinschi Entrepreneur 51.46
13 @MirkoDuesel Mirko Düsel C-Suite 50.59
14 @laurentschmitt Laurent Schmitt Energy Professional 48.66
15 @mwt2008 Mark W Tebbutt Tech Professional 48.29
16 @MikeQuindazzi Mike Quindazzi C-Suite 47.36
17 @Kevin_ODonovan Kevin O’Donovan Tech Professional 47.26
18 @JigarShahDC Jigar Shah FinServ Professional 46.89
19 @DanielPAldrich Daniel P. Aldrich Academic 46.85
20 @JesseJenkins Jesse Jenkins Academic 45.82
21 @adamvaughan_uk Adam Vaughan Journalist 45.39
22 @duncan__c Duncan S. Campbell Entrepreneur 44.59
23 @MLiebreich Michael Liebreich C-Suite 43.03
24 @Revkin Andrew Revkin Journalist 42.61
25 @KetanJ0 Ketan Joshi Communications Professional 42.53
26 @AukeHoekstra Auke Hoekstra Academic 41.32
27 @grattonboy Dean Anthony Gratton Tech Professional 40.75
28 @ProfRayWills Prof Ray Wills Academic 39.8
29 @ProfStrachan Prof Peter Strachan Academic 39.61
30 @CostaSamaras Costa Samaras Academic 38.64
31 @grattongirl Sarah-Jayne Gratton Marketing Professional 38.34
32 @TimBuckleyIEEFA Tim Buckley FinServ Professional 38.23
33 @JKempEnergy John Kemp Analyst 38.22
34 @mcannonbrookes Mike Cannon-Brookes Entrepreneur 34.5
35 @BrianVad Brian Vad Mathiesen Academic 34.44
36 @KenCaldeira Ken Caldeira Academic 33.44
37 @kirillklip Kirill Klip C-Suite 32.77
38 @NathanSWallace Nathan Wallace Entrepreneur 32.61
39 @MBazilian Morgan D. Bazilian C-Suite 32.24
40 @JustinGerdes Justin Gerdes Journalist 31.79
41 @kelvinross68 Kelvin Ross Journalist 31.27
42 @JMGlachant Jean-Michel Glachant C-Suite 31.18
43 @Patricia_Energy Patricia Schouker Analyst 30.56
44 @AmyJaffeenergy Amy Myers Jaffe Energy Professional 30.19
45 @fogoros Lucian Fogoros Entrepreneur 29.88
46 @SolarFred Tor Alexander Valenza Entrepreneur 29.23
47 @ELPinchbeck Emma Pinchbeck C-Suite 29.04
48 @ElisaWood Elisa Wood Journalist 28.76
49 @TeagueEgan Teague Egan Entrepreneur 28.64
50 @dan_kammen Daniel M Kammen Academic 28.49


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Disclaimer: As ever with these lists, it must be stressed that the ranking correlates to a strong indication of influence. The individuals listed here are undoubtedly influential when it comes to driving discussion around the above key topics. Onalytica’s PageRank based methodology is used to extract influential experts on a particular topic and takes into account the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives – this allows us to identify Topical Authority (reference) – our priority influence metric. We analyzed topical authority via their social engagement on Twitter and how much influential experts were referenced in association with smart grids on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Forums, Blogs, News and Tumblr content. These calculations also take into account a user’s resonance (topical engagement) relevance (number of posts on topic, and % relevance – the proportion of their social content on the topic) and reach (number of followers). If you want to learn more, please read our article that outlines How to identify your target influencers.

At Onalytica we love building these lists and want to give back to our loyal readers as much as we can. If you’re interested in other topics (such as Virtual RealityDigital HealthDigital Marketing) be sure to have a look on our blog or why not propose some topics to us on Twitter? Effective influencer marketing starts with identifying relevant influential experts for your brand. Onalytica’s Discovery platform mines over 200 billion posts a year into a curated database of over 700K global social media influencers, including data from Twitter, Blogs, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn Profile Links + Demographic Data. Our software enables you to identify influencers by topic, demographic or content and includes real-time tracking and measurement reporting to scale your influencer relations.




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