What Is the Energy Institute (EI)?

The Energy Institute (EI), located in London, is a not-for-profit, membership-based professional organization dedicated to serving those working in and studying different forms of energy. Formed in 2003, it also is licensed to award certain status certifications to engineers and environmentalists.

Key Takeaways

  • The Energy Institute (EI) is a non-profit professional organization for engineers and other professionals in energy-related fields.
  • London-based, the EI is the global professional organization for the energy industry, developing and sharing research, skills, and best practices toward safe, secure, and sustainable energy.
  • The EI hosts regular events, conferences, and workshops through which its members can meet, network, and exchange information.
  • The EI provides training in various energy management sectors and is also licensed to provide industry certifications for engineers and environmentalists in the U.K.

Understanding the Energy Institute (EI)

The Energy Institute is a resource for those working in and studying the various energy sectors. Its membership includes approximately 23,000 international professionals representing over 250 companies in 100 countries. The EI hosts regular events and workshops through which professionals can exchange information regarding different types of energy, including oil, gas, nuclear, and alternative energy.

EI is registered as a charity. Its stated mission is to "provide the skills, knowledge and good practice needed to protect the environment during operations and to advance the global energy transition required by the climate emergency."

As a member of the Professional Associations Research Network, the EI:

• keeps up-to-date with the latest sector research and best practice guidance
• equips members through training and events to deal with the challenges professional bodies face
• is part of an active network of professional bodies that learn from each other

Other objectives and aims of the EI include:

  • To conduct or promote the conduct of scientific and other research, to publish useful results of such research, and to provide facilities for study, research, and education
  • To publish, produce and distribute or assist in the publication, production, or distribution of films, recordings, and any form of written, printed, or electronic communication and to advertise in any manner
  • To establish and maintain libraries and collections, and provide public access to them, and to collect information whether or not on a basis restricted by agreement with the provider thereof
  • To hold conferences, meetings and seminars, and other events and to promote the reading of learned papers
  • To encourage the undertaking of voluntary work in the interests of the EI
  • To develop and promulgate codes of good professional practice, to prescribe standards of education, training, and experience in professions or activities related to the objects and to hold examinations and other tests, and to award certificates and diplomas
  • To institute, establish and promote educational and training courses, scholarships grants, awards, and prizes

As a not-for-profit organization, the Energy Institute is funded through a combination of fees from individual members, company members, and from sales of publications and tickets to its conferences and training courses.

Training via the Energy Institute

The EI provides training in environmental management, energy management, risk management, and oil and gas. EI is licensed by the Engineering Council of the U.K. to offer Chartered, Incorporated and Engineering Technician status to engineers, and by the Society for the Environment to award Chartered Environmentalist status.

Members also benefit from many events throughout the year, including International Petroleum Week—three days of seminars, and conferences centered around the oil and gas industry. It attracts many senior members of the industry and culminates with a dinner for over 1,300 participants. In November, the Energy Institute presents the EI Awards to individuals and companies who have contributed significantly to the energy industry.

History of the Energy Institute (EI)

The Energy Institute was formed by the 2003 merger between the two venerable institutions: the Institute of Petroleum (founded 1913) and the Institute of Energy (founded 1925).

From its founding to 2021, Louise Kingham was its Chief Executive. She was a professional with over 24 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to their merger, Ms. Kingham served at both the Institute of Petroleum and the Energy Institute.

As of 2021, EI's current Chief Executive is Nick Wayth, a 22 year-veteran of BP plc. His most recent post was that of  Chief Development Officer of Alternative Energy, where he led BP’s strategy and business development in a broad range of renewable technologies.

EI's Council President is Steve Holliday, the former Chief Executive of National Grid plc and the current Chairman of CityFibre and Zenobe.

Special Considerations

In addition to providing networking opportunities and training to those in the energy industry, the Energy Institute provides a wealth of information relating to all types of energy. Some of the information is based on research done by EI itself, while other information is from third parties. EI has an extensive library containing publications about the energy industry dating as far back as the mid-19th century.

Information can also be obtained online through EI's Energy Matrix, a digital database containing over 80,000 resources. EI members can opt to receive two magazines, Petroleum Review and Energy World, and have access to The Journal of the Energy Institute