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Currently open to consulting opportunities with an emerging energy company. Interested? Email: stephenheins@gmail.com

Always precise, never pedantic.

In a highly divided and partisan world, it is my intent to provide an even-handed view of the rapidly converging worlds of energy, technology and broadband, while avoiding silo thinking about any of them.

– Steve Heins



Clean energy and energy production are at the forefront of Steve’s attention.



Communication connectivity ties it together with “The Internet of Things



Steve tackles relevant environmental issues like fracking and climate change.

The Weekly Word

The Weekly Word: Water Wars in the West

The Weekly Word: Water Wars in the West February 13, 2018 Subscribe: iTunes Greg Walcher, President of the Natural Resources Group, a consulting firm specializing in energy, water, public lands, [...]

By |February 13th, 2018|Categories: Environment, The Weekly Word|Tags: , |16 Comments

The Weekly Word: I Am As Green As They Get

February 6, 2018 Subscribe: iTunes Greg Walcher, President of the Natural Resources Group, a consulting firm specializing in energy, water, public lands, forestry and wildlife. In addition, Walcher has served [...]

By |February 7th, 2018|Categories: The Weekly Word|Tags: , |5 Comments

The Weekly Word: Wet and dry gas, NY fracs and the Marcellus

January 30, 2018 This Weekly Word with Jason Spiess and the professor Stephen Heins hosts Tom Shepstone from Pennsylvania, who is an urban consultant, community planner, researcher and advisor [...]

By |January 30th, 2018|Categories: Energy, The Weekly Word|Tags: , , , |102 Comments

The Weekly Word: Investing in Shale Play USA

Jason Spiess and “the professor” Stephen Heins host Tsering Ngudu, Senior Analyst of Tocqueville Asset Management of NYC on the Weekly Word. In introducing Mr. Ngudu, Heins talked about [...]

By |January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Energy, The Weekly Word|Tags: , |14 Comments
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Thought Pieces

Misery ‘Every Day, Every Hour’ in Syrian Camp. And Now, It’s Grown Critical.

Thought Piece What’s new. This piece from New York Times pretends to be an “objective” report, but it simply isn’t. Even more embarrassing is the story hidden in between [...]

By |October 20th, 2018|Categories: Thought Piece|0 Comments

Responding to a Misleading Narrative on Texas Oil Exports

Thought Piece My major complaint against the one-eyed environment extremists has always been that they use misinformation and extra-legal (at best) bullying tactics, not unlike former EPA senior management, [...]

By |October 12th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|0 Comments


Thought Piece I have been assembling all of the examples of bad behavior by the churches of “Net Neutrality”, both from the efforts of the States and former FCC [...]

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Communication, Thought Piece|2 Comments
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I am privileged to recommend Stephen Heins for any marketing, media or writing assignment. Steve is an accomplished observer, researcher and writer and doesn’t come to the title of “Word Merchant” without considerable warrant. Read More
Tom Shepstone, Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I recommend Stephen Heins as a hard working researcher and gifted writer. While I have known Stephen for only about six months, I’ve read many of his works and have been engaged in numerous great discussions with him on matters involving energy, the environment and the internet.  Read More

David C Egelson

I am pleased to recommend Stephen Heins as a researcher and writer.  As a former commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission and current senior administrative law judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, I am most familiar with Mr. Heins’ work in the energy field. Read More

Larry Brenner

I’ve known Steve Heins for at least 5 years and can say without a doubt that he a gentleman of the first order: always professional and always respectful, even if he disagrees with your perspective. Read More

Ken Silverstein, Editor - Environmental Leader; Writer - Forbes

Heins believes he has the answer to most questions, but even when he does not, he is never in doubt and expresses his position with clarity and humor.  He attracts his audience with an attention getting device, engages it with thoughtful comments and examples… Read More

Wayne H. Rusch, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe