SEA is always hard at work creating objective and nonpartisan energy education resources. Visit our news section to get a glimpse of some of the latest web additions, project updates, or filming adventures.

SEA Welcomes Anne Ekern as President

June 3, 2024

The Board of Directors of the Switch Energy Alliance (SEA) is pleased to announce that Anne Ekern will begin a new role as President of SEA on June 3rd, 2024. Anne brings tremendous experience across government, finance, academia, and energy. Most recently, Anne has served as Marketing Director for Rystad Energy in Oslo, Norway.

Welcome Grey Johnson to His New Role!

May 13, 2024

We are thrilled to announce an exciting development within our team! Grey Johnson, who joined us as an intern while completing his studies in Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin, has officially accepted a full-time position with Switch Energy Alliance as our new Video Content Coordinator.

Energy Poverty Solutions Spotlight: Beyond the Light Project

May 8, 2024

Energy Poverty Solutions Spotlight: Beyond the Light Project

The Beyond the Light Project brings sustainable solar solutions to communities without access to electricity, improving education, health, and economic development in Latin America. Discover their impactful work.

Tinker Talks: May 2024

May 8, 2024

Tinker Talks: May 2024 - Leading the Conversation on Energy

Dr. Scott Tinker addresses environmental footprints, economic impacts, and global energy trends in a series of talks this May. Join him in Santa Marta for insights on energy prosperity, transition, and exploration.

Switch Competition Interns Join the Team!

May 8, 2024

Switch Competition Interns: Enhancing Outreach and Innovation

Switch Competition welcomes six interns from the 2023 winning teams. Team Synergy works on country selections and the Social Media Contest, while Team Energreen launches the Switch Alumni Network for international outreach and engagement.

Switch Classroom: Revolutionizing Education for Teachers and Students

May 8, 2024

Switch Classroom empowers teachers with digital resources and professional development opportunities, while engaging students in an interactive learning platform. Discover how it's transforming education with new tools, participants, and activities.

Energy Switch Season 4 on PBS: Illuminating the Global Energy Landscape

May 8, 2024

Join Dr. Scott Tinker on Energy Switch, exploring energy innovation, policy, and industry trends. Stream it on PBS for insights into global energy dynamics, technological advancements, and policy shifts.

Energy Switch: The Podcast Is Exploring Energy Dynamics and Climate Impact

May 8, 2024

Dive into discussions from the Energy Switch: The Podcast, covering energy trends, climate impact, and economic implications. Tune in to learn about the evolving policies shaping the future of the energy sector.

Join Us for the Biannual Supporters' Update

April 2, 2024

Don't miss out! Join us for our biannual update on April 5th at 2:00 PM CST. It's a chance to connect, learn, and support a brighter future with SEA. 

April Tinker Talks

April 2, 2024

Mark your calendars for Dr. Tinker's upcoming talks in April:

SEA Is Growing!

April 2, 2024

We're thrilled to announce that we've relocated to a new office space!

Switch Classroom Is Growing

April 2, 2024

Look at how Switch Classroom has grown this school year!

Switch Classroom Is Expanding to Canada!

April 2, 2024

Join us in welcoming our newest Canadian Teacher Advisory Council Member, Sarah Finder as Switch Classroom expands to Canada!

Energy Switch Season 4: Now Streaming on PBS

April 2, 2024

Season 4 of Energy Switch is streaming now! Catch it on select PBS stations from April 1st and on PBS WORLD from April 17th. 

Energy Poverty Solution Series: Sun for All

April 2, 2024

Discover the inspiring journey of sisters Sarah and Deena Mousa as they tackle Cairo's energy challenges head-on. Witness their mission to bring affordable hot water to disadvantaged communities through Shamsina—meaning "our sun" in Arabic. Learn how their solar water heaters offer a sustainable solution tailored to Egyptian households, aiming to combat energy poverty and promote environmental sustainability. Join them in envisioning a brighter future for all Egyptians.

Switch On: The Series Now Streaming

March 28, 2024

Switch On: The Series, adapted from our beloved feature film, now reaches over 100 million households across the US via! 

Switch Classroom Newsletter Out Now

February 8, 2024

In an exciting development for educators nationwide, Switch Classroom is proud to announce the launch of its first monthly newsletter.

Switch On: The Series Now Airing on PBS, Streaming Coming Soon

February 8, 2024

We're excited to announce the premiere of Switch On: The Series on PBS. Inspired by our acclaimed feature film of the same name, this compelling series explores the journey to bringing reliable and accessible energy to the developing world, highlighting both the benefits and challenges faced along the way.

Energy Switch Season 5 Filming Soon

February 8, 2024

As the anticipation builds, we are thrilled to share that the filming for Season 5 of the groundbreaking PBS show, Energy Switch, is slated for the end of this month.

Switch Competition Winner Featured by University

February 8, 2024

Kansas State University is celebrating the achievements of one of its own, Fidelis Onwuagba, who not only participated in the 2023 Switch Competition but also emerged as a winner. This victory has been highlighted in multiple university publications, showcasing Onwuagba's dedication, innovation, and the impactful work his team accomplished in addressing global energy challenges.

Tinker Talks: February

February 8, 2024

Dr. Tinker's January speaking engagements included:

Tinker Talks: January

January 11, 2024

Dr. Tinker's December speaking engagements included:

Switch On: The Series airing soon on PBS

January 11, 2024

PBS affiliates across the United States will begin airing the enlightening documentary series, Switch On: The Series beginning February 1st.

Energy Switch on Public Radio

January 11, 2024

Energy Switch is now airing on six NPR affiliates in Alaska, New Mexico, Missouri, Washington, and Pennsylvania, engaging over 130,000 listeners with its unique content.

New Chemistry Alignment Guide from Switch Classroom

January 11, 2024

Switch Classroom has recently released a new course alignment guide for chemistry.

SEA is Hiring!

January 11, 2024

SEA is excited to announce an opening for a Program Associate for the Switch Classroom program.

Welcoming Jennifer Smith

December 1, 2023

We're delighted to welcome Jennifer Smith as our new Senior Consultant. With over 25 years in the oil and gas industry as a geoscientist, Jennifer's extensive career spans distinguished international corporations, including Phillips Petroleum, Marathon Oil, and Murphy Oil Corporation.

Looking Back at 2023

November 29, 2023

As we approach the end of 2023, let's celebrate the incredible achievements and milestones that defined this year for SEA.

Dr. Tinker Speaks at ARC Conference in London

November 29, 2023

On October 30, SEA Chairman, Dr. Scott Tinker, delivered a thought-provoking presentation to an audience of more than 1,500 at the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC) Conference.

Welcoming New Grant Writer Lynn Kistler

November 29, 2023

We're delighted to welcome Lynn Kistler, our founding and lead Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) member, as a grant writer for Switch Classroom. With a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.A. in Physics, Lynn brings 30 years of teaching experience.

Case Competition: And the Winners Are…

November 29, 2023

We are delighted to announce the conclusion of our 4th Annual Switch International Energy Case Competition. Culminating on November 11th,  judges named Team EnerGreen as the winners.

Classroom Attends Conferences in North Carolina, Texas

November 29, 2023

Members of our Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) attended both the North Carolina Science Teachers Association and the Science Teachers Association of Texas Conferences last month. Ruthann McComb, Ben Schosek, and Angela Marraudino, dedicated members of our TAC, showcased Switch Classroom to science educators from elementary to high school levels.

Fall Supporters' Update Sees Record Participation!

November 6, 2023

This past Friday, SEA held its Fall Supporters' Update. Dr. Scott Tinker and the SEA Team shared exciting updates to over 115 people - a record-breaking turnout!

UT hosts Energy Switch Screening

November 1, 2023

In celebration of Free Speech Week, the UT Austin Jackson School of Geosciences hosted a four-episode screening of our acclaimed public television show, Energy Switch. The event welcomed students, faculty, and the public to engage in thoughtful discussions after each episode with the show’s esteemed host, Dr. Scott Tinker, and director, Harry Lynch.

Tinker Talks: October

November 1, 2023

Dr. Tinker appeared as a guest on the following podcasts released this month:

Case Competition Exceeds Expectations

November 1, 2023

The excitement is palpable as the 4th annual Switch International Energy Case Competition continues, showcasing the brilliance and dedication of university teams from 27 countries. With 88 cases submitted, the competition is set to address one of the world's most pressing issues: energy poverty.

Student Energy Leaders: Syed Talha Tirmizi and UT’s Switch Energy Club

November 1, 2023

The Switch Energy Club at UT Austin and its President and longtime SEA Volunteer Syed Talha Tirmizi, are inspiring and empowering students while fostering a deep understanding of global energy challenges and innovative solutions.

Switch Classroom’s New, Successful Social Media Series

November 1, 2023

On October 13, Switch Classroom proudly introduced our Energy Lab social media series, revolutionizing the way essential energy topics are communicated to audiences worldwide. Through captivating 30-60 second reels and shorts, this innovative series distills complex energy concepts into digestible and engaging content, sparking curiosity among viewers.

Switch Classroom Attends Events Across the Country

November 1, 2023

In a dedicated effort to revolutionize K-12 education and promote energy literacy, Switch Classroom has begun a strategic conference tour, showcasing our innovative online education platform to educators and school districts across the United States.

Tinker Talks: September

September 28, 2023
  • Dr. Tinker's September speaking engagements included:
    • CSEG Calgary, September 18, (Calgary, AB)
    • Wesleyan University, September 20-21, (Middletown, CT)
    • HETI Steering Committee, September 26, (Houston, TX)

Energy Switch Debuts on Public Radio

September 28, 2023

Our popular energy and climate talk show, Energy Switch, has been adapted for listeners around the US on public radio! Currently, the radio edition of Energy Switch Season 1 is playing on three NPR affiliates:  KXCV, KSTK, and KMXT. Check your listings for more information.

SEA Donor Hosts Switch On Screening Event in Calgary

September 28, 2023

Enverus, a prominent player in the energy sector, hosted a screening of our compelling documentary, Switch On. This enlightening film, which explores the intricate web of energy-related challenges confronting our world, was followed by an engaging Q&A session with the film's executive producer and SEA Chairman, Dr. Scott Tinker.

Museum Film Showcased at the Giant Screen Cinema Association Annual Conference

September 28, 2023

At the Giant Screen Cinema Association Annual Conference, our 5-minute museum film, Energy Makes Our World, was viewed by professionals from the museum, giant screen, film production, and distribution industries.

Case Competition Underway, Prompt Revealed

September 28, 2023

This year’s Switch International Energy Case Competition is officially underway! On October 2, the SEA team released the highly anticipated 2023 Case Packet, unveiling the competition prompt and guidelines that will challenge participants to harness their creative and critical thinking skills.

The New Switch Classroom

September 28, 2023

At Switch Classroom, our mission is to empower educators and students with the best tools and resources to facilitate learning and growth. The new platform updates and our presence at these events underscore our commitment to this mission.

Energy Switch Season 3 Now Airing and Streaming on PBS

September 28, 2023

Embark on an enlightening journey into the complex world of energy and climate as Energy Switch Season 3 is now airing and streaming on PBS!

Save the Date: Virtual Supporter Update November 3

September 28, 2023

It’s that time of year! We are happy to announce our biannual supporter’s update will be held on November 3 at 2 p.m. CDT. 

Join us virtually to hear some exciting SEA updates and learn more about upcoming projects! 

Lights, Camera, Energy: A Sneak Peek into Energy Switch

August 29, 2023

Last week, something exciting happened behind the scenes – the final clapperboard fell on the filming of Energy Switch Season 4! Energy Switch Season 3 is about to hit the screens of PBS affiliates nationwide, kicking off October 2nd.

Museum Film Now In IMAX®

August 29, 2023

Energy Makes Our World, SEA’s 5-minute museum film, will be showing this month at the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s Dome Day and Annual Conference in Cincinnati and Indianapolis. What sets the film apart is not just its thought-provoking content, but also its new availability in IMAX® laser and xenon formats.


Case Competition Registration Now Open!

August 29, 2023

Get ready to dive into the world of energy problem-solving and innovation because the Switch International Energy Case Competition (SIECC) is back, and registration is officially OPEN!

Enverus Hosts Switch On Screening

August 29, 2023

Enverus, a generous SEA donor, recently organized a special viewing event for its staff. The occasion featured our compelling documentary, Switch On, which offers a captivating global journey.

Tinker Talks: August

August 29, 2023

Dr. Tinker's August speaking engagements included:

  • Environmental Superconference, August 4, (Austin, TX)
  • Prairie Operating, August 19, (Palos Verdes, CA)
  • Americas Fuels Convention, August 22, (Austin, TX)

SEA Collaborates with NEED Conference

July 27, 2023

On July 27, SEA collaborated with the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) for their annual National Energy Conference for Educators. The event showcased the Switch Classroom program and featured an engaging keynote by SEA Chairman Dr. Scott Tinker, emphasizing the vital dual challenge of meeting global energy demands while mitigating environmental impact.

Energy Switch Season 3 Sneak Peek

July 27, 2023

Don't miss out on Energy Switch, SEA’s popular energy and climate talk show! Get up to speed before Season 3 premieres this October, and watch your local PBS listings for airing information. Season 1 is available for free streaming on our website, while both Seasons 1 & 2 can be enjoyed on for free.

Season 3 of Energy Switch boasts an exceptional lineup of esteemed experts and current, future-forward topics - guaranteeing an unparalleled viewing experience. Here's a sneak peek into the exciting content that awaits you.

Switch Classroom is Now on the Clever App Library

July 25, 2023

Switch Classroom, SEA's K-12 online learning platform, is now available on the Clever App Library. This integration allows teachers and students using the Clever Learning Management System (LMS) to access the Switch Classroom platform seamlessly.

SEA Reaches 9M Video Views

July 25, 2023

SEA has achieved a remarkable milestone, surpassing 9 million trackable views of our video content!

Tinker Talks: July

July 25, 2023

Dr. Tinker's July speaking engagements included:

  • Williams Companies Board, July 24, (Dallas, TX)
  • NEED Conference, July 26, (Austin, TX)

Upcoming Tinker Talks in August:

  • Enverus Switch On Screening, August 3, (Austin, TX)
  • Environmental Superconference, August 4, (Austin, TX)
  • Prairie Operating, August 19, (Palos Verdes, CA)
  • Americas Fuels Convention, August 22, (Austin, TX)

Welcoming Mark Bretherton

July 5, 2023

Recognizing the power of giant screen films, SEA aims to extend its reach with Energy Makes Our World, an engaging five-minute educational film for museums and giant screen theaters to raise awareness of the importance of energy in all aspects of our lives.

To facilitate the distribution of Energy Makes Our World, SEA has enlisted the expertise of Mark Bretherton, a veteran of the giant screen industry. With over 25 years of experience in IMAX theaters, film distribution, and service on the board of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), Bretherton is well-equipped to assist in ensuring the film's widespread availability.

Tinker Talks

July 5, 2023

Throughout the month of June, SEA Chairman Dr. Scott Tinker embarked on a series of speaking engagements across the United States. Addressing a diverse audience consisting of industry professionals, teachers, and energy enthusiasts, Dr. Tinker shed light on the concept of the dual challenge - emphasizing the need to provide affordable, reliable, and accessible energy for all while protecting the environment. With his captivating presentations, Dr. Tinker sparks conversations and inspires action towards an energy-educated future.

SEA Board Member Speaks to Houston Students

July 5, 2023

On June 27, Deborah Byers, a distinguished member of our Board of Directors, spoke about the energy transition to high school students at Asia Society Texas' Young Leaders Institute. Deborah was joined by Mike Cousins, Exxonmobil's Director of Greenhouse Gas and Climate Change, and Loan Tran, Exxonmobil's Advocacy & External Interfaces Manager. The conversation was facilitated by Edward R. Allen, co-founder and Senior Partner of Eagle Global Advisors.

Welcoming Grey Johnson

July 5, 2023

Grey Johnson, a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, is embarking on an exciting journey towards a future where storytelling meets technology. Pursuing a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film and completing a Certificate in the Elements of Computing, Grey's passion lies in harnessing the power of video editing to deliver captivating messages. With a keen interest in storytelling, he aims to engage audiences in the most compelling way possible.

Announcing 5 New Switch Classroom Alignment Guides

July 5, 2023

Switch Classroom, SEA’s K-12 online learning platform, is thrilled to announce the release of five new alignment guides, providing educators with valuable resources to seamlessly integrate our activities and lessons into their 5th-12th grade courses. These alignment guides also showcase how Switch Classroom aligns with various rigorous standards, including AP Environmental Science, IB Environmental Systems & Societies, and NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).

Switch Classroom Hosts Annual Summer Institute

July 5, 2023

Last week, our Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) gathered in Austin for our annual Summer Institute. It was an extraordinary event filled with collaboration, exploration, and growth. Comprising eleven 5th-12th grade teachers from across the country, the TAC is a group of science education experts who contribute to the development of Switch Classroom—an innovative online learning platform—and provide valuable insights for the success of both teachers and students.

From darkness to light: how Corled Nkosi [em]powers a village with ingenuity and creativity

June 16, 2023

Corled Nkosi, a self-taught electrical engineer from Malawi, has emerged as an inspiring figure in the field of energy generation. His remarkable journey began in his small village of Yobe Nkosi, where he recognized the dire consequences of energy poverty and took it upon himself to find innovative solutions. Through his determination and creativity, Nkosi has not only improved the lives of his fellow villagers but has also become an emblematic figure in the movement to end energy poverty worldwide.

Introducing the new SEA Faculty Advisory Council

June 12, 2023

SEA and its annual higher education competition program, the Switch International Energy Case Competition (SIECC), have taken a significant step this spring by assembling a Faculty Advisory Council (FAC). Comprising of 19 academic professionals from 5 countries, the FAC brings together a diverse group of experts with a wide range of research specialties. Their collective knowledge and experience will play a crucial role in developing and expanding SIECC.

Meet the talented interns driving energy education at SEA

June 12, 2023

SEA is thrilled to introduce its team of talented interns who are passionate about energy education and addressing global energy challenges. 

How one young innovator's determination and ingenuity are revolutionizing the fight against energy poverty

June 12, 2023

Optim Energy, founded by a Sierra Leonean teen Jeremiah Thoronka, transforms vibrations from transportation and pedestrian activity into electricity.

Sempra features SIECC program and interns

June 12, 2023

Switch International Energy Case Competition (SIECC) sponsor Sempra published an article last week entitled “Tackling energy poverty with Switch Energy Alliance.” The article highlights the SIECC program and our talented case competition interns, Roopmati Meena and Shruti Prajapati.

Switch Classroom continues to empower energy literacy

June 12, 2023

Switch Classroom, SEA's K-12 online learning platform, has been making significant strides in empowering energy literacy among teachers and students.

Tailwater Capital hosts inspiring lunch & learn screening of Switch On documentary

June 12, 2023

In May, Tailwater Capital, the sponsor of the 2023 Switch International Energy Case Competition (SIECC), organized a Lunch & Learn event for its employees. The screening featured Switch On, the latest documentary feature film from SEA, which delves into the critical issues of energy access and energy poverty worldwide. Tailwater Capital's support of SIECC and their screening of Switch On exemplify their commitment to raising awareness and finding solutions for global energy challenges.

Tinker Talks: Igniting conversations on the dual challenge

June 12, 2023

In May, SEA Chairman Dr. Scott Tinker traveled around the United States speaking about the dual challenge.

TEDx Anniversary

May 10, 2023

Today marks the one year anniversary of Dr. Scott Tinker’s TEDx talk streaming on YouTube and!

Welcoming Cierra George

May 9, 2023

SEA is excited to welcome Cierra George as our Science Marketing and Communications Specialist.

Solution Series: E-Dina Waterlight

May 9, 2023

The E-Dina Waterlight produces electrical energy using just saltwater!

Youth Organization Screens Switch On Around Nigeria

May 9, 2023

The African Youths in Energy Network (AYEN) have taken Switch On around Nigeria on a screening tour!

“We are thrilled to have such insightful evening[s] of [screenings] and discussions with students who share our vision of ending energy poverty for all.” - AYEN

Museum Film Debuts in Dome Format

May 9, 2023

This past Earth Day, the Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas, played SEA’s museum film, Energy Makes Our World for the first time in our new dome format!

Scott's Talks: April

May 9, 2023

In April, SEA Chairman Dr. Scott Tinker traveled around the United States speaking about the dual challenge.

Energy Switch Season 2 Airing Now

May 9, 2023

SEA is excited to share that the complete second season of Energy Switch is now available to stream on

Energy Switch Season 2 now streaming on!

April 12, 2023

SEA is excited to share that the complete second season of Energy Switch is now available to stream on

Dr. Scott Tinker presents keynote at KBH Energy Center conference

April 6, 2023

On March 31, 2023, SEA Chairman Dr. Scott Tinker presented at the University of Texas at Austin Kay Bailey Hutchison Energy Center’s 2023 Spring Conference.

Dr. Helge Haldorsen presents at the UT Salem Center for Policy

April 5, 2023

On March 29, 2023, SEA Senior Fellow Dr. Helge Haldorsen presented at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs Business School’s Salem Center for Policy.

Dr. Helge Hove Haldorsen gives first SEA talk of 2023

February 6, 2023

SEA Senior Fellow Dr. Helge Hove Haldorsen gives first SEA talk of 2023 at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Workshop in Austin.

Announcing The Switch Energy Alliance Social Media Contest

February 2, 2023

Calling all Teachers! Show us why you love Switch Classroom and you could win a class visit with SEA Chairman, Dr. Scott Tinker.

A New Version of Switch Classroom is Live!

January 17, 2023

A new and improved version of Switch Classroom is now live!

Switch Energy Alliance raises more than $6,000 for Switch Classroom on Giving Tuesday!

December 13, 2022

On November 29th, 2022 SEA participated in Giving Tuesday to raise money for Switch Classroom. 

SEA Leaders Spoke Around the World in 2022

December 6, 2022

SEA Leaders Dr. Scott Tinker and Dr. Helge Hove Haldorsen were busy in 2022 speaking to audiences around the world!

2022 Switch International Energy Case Competition Final Results

November 21, 2022

The winners of the 2022 Switch International Energy Case Competition are announced!

Energy Switch is Expanding!

October 20, 2022

Energy Switch has now expanded to more than 30 PBS stations and more than 160 PBS WORLD affiliates nationwide! Read more to see when it could be playing in your area!

SEA Chairman Dr. Scott Tinker Speaks at GSA Conference

October 18, 2022

SEA Chairman Dr. Scott Tinker was among the speakers at the Geological Society of America conference in Denver. 

Conference Attendance by the Switch Team

October 10, 2022

Last week, the Switch team attended two separate conferences to build partnerships for an energy-educated future.

SEA Welcomes New Curriculum and Product Lead

August 31, 2022

SEA announces the hiring of new curriculum and product developer Meghan Morgan.

Announcing Energy Switch Season 2

August 19, 2022

SEA announces Energy Switch season 2!

Woodside Energy Hosts Switch On Screening

August 11, 2022

Woodside Energy recently hosted a company screening of Switch On

The Challenge of Renewable Energy

August 4, 2022

The key points from SEA Chairman Dr. Scott Tinker's appearance on the Tangle podcast where he discussed the challenges that renewable energy faces transcribed into a six minute read.  

Energy Switch Release Date Announced!

August 4, 2022

SEA annouces the release date of our new, highly anticipated TV series Energy Switch.

SEA Welcomes New Project Manager

August 2, 2022

SEA annouces the hiring of new Project Manager Carl Steffensen

SEA hosts 2022 Teacher Advisory Council Summer Institute In Austin

July 15, 2022

This past week SEA hosted the 2022 Teacher Advisory Council Summer Institute In Austin. Teachers from around the country flew in and gave feedback to help us improve Switch Classroom, discussed Switch Classroom and current energy topics with SEA chairman Dr. Scott Tinker, and got to see some of what Austin has to offer. 

SEA Senior Fellow Dr. Helge Haldorsen Gives Keynote Speech in Barcelona

July 11, 2022

Switch Energy Alliance Senior Fellow Dr. Helge Haldorsen gave an opening keynote at The European LPG Association’s Congress in Barcelona, Spain in front of energy industry professionals where he discussed the key factors for a sustainable energy transition by 2050 as well the dual challenge of providing energy to all people while protecting the environment. 

SEA Welcomes new summer intern Sadie Armstrong

June 15, 2022

SEA announces the hiring of new summer intern Sadie Armstrong

SEA Welcomes New Senior Fellow

June 15, 2022

SEA annouces the hiring of new senior fellow Helge Haldorsen

Energized Youth-Cheyenne Valdez

May 31, 2022

An update on Cheyenne Valdez, who came to visit SEA six years ago as a high schooler, now beginning her career with NASA!

Dr. Tinker Meets With Switch Energy Club Students in South America

May 26, 2022

Dr. Scott Tinker recently met with students from the Switch Energy Club at the Universidad de Pamplona - Colombia to discuss solar panel installations and their contributions to ending energy poverty in Colombia. 

Dr. Tinker TEDx Talk; Addressing the Dual Challenge

May 16, 2022

SEA Chairman Dr. Scott Tinker gave a TEDx talk about the dual challenge of meeting global energy needs and protecting the environment. 

SEA Welcomes New Strategic Growth Lead Laure Crane

May 3, 2022

SEA annonuces the hire of a new stratigeic growth lead, Laure Crane.

Dr. Scott Tinker Speaks with Rystad Energy

February 3, 2022

Dr. Scott Tinker had a conversation about global energy poverty and the energy transition with Jarand Rystad, CEO of Rystad Energy.

Tinker Talks - Podcasts

January 27, 2022

In addition to giving lectures around the world, Dr. Scott Tinker has made guest appearances on several energy-related podcasts.

SEA Supports Universidad de Pamplona - Colombia Solar Installation Project

December 30, 2021

SEA is proud to have provided funding for a solar installation project by students at the Universidad de Pamplona - Colombia.

SEA Announces Energy Switch Topics and Guests

November 23, 2021

Switch Energy Alliance is excited to announce the Energy Switch television series topics and guests.

Host A Switch On Company Movie Night!

November 18, 2021

Bring Switch On to your local theater, school or conference room.

SEA Announces 2021 Switch International Energy Case Competition Winners

November 16, 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 Switch International Energy Case Competition winners!

SEA Announces Switch International Energy Case Competition Finalists

November 9, 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 Switch International Energy Case Competition finalists!

SEA Attending National Science Teaching Association Conferences This Fall

November 8, 2021

Switch Energy Alliance will be attending National Science Teaching Association conferences this fall!

Switch International Energy Case Competition Announces Preliminary Round Results

November 4, 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 International Switch Energy Case Competition semi-finalists!

New Solar for Schools App Features SEA's Energy Education Videos

October 28, 2021

The new Solar for Schools application features Switch Energy Alliance's energy education videos.

Switch International Energy Case Competition To Hold Energy Professional Panel

October 20, 2021

The Switch International Energy Case Competition will hold a live panel with energy professionals this Saturday, October 23rd at 9AM CDT.

SEA Wraps Filming New Television Series

October 19, 2021

Switch Energy Alliance wraps production of Energy Switch, a new television series.

SEA Celebrates National Energy Awareness Month

October 5, 2021

This month Switch Energy Alliance will be highlighting the important, and often overlooked, role that energy plays in our lives.

Tinker Talks - Fall 2021

September 14, 2021

Dr. Scott Tinker is constantly presenting to energy groups in both the private and public sector. Check out these upcoming talks this fall.

Registration for the Second Annual Switch International Energy Case Competition is Now Open

September 1, 2021

Registration for the Second Annual Switch International Energy Case Competition is open 9/1 - 9/22.

SEA Announces Second Annual Switch International Energy Case Competition

August 23, 2021

Switch Energy Alliance will hold the Second Annual Switch International Energy Case Competition this fall.

SEA UK Partner Solar for Schools Launches New App!

August 2, 2021

Our UK-based partner, Solar for Schools, has released a new app that provides students with a detailed curriculum covering environment, energy, electricity, efficiency, solar power and more.

SEA Hosts Third Annual Teacher Advisory Council Summer Institute

July 27, 2021

Switch Energy Alliance hosted the third annual Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) Summer Institute to collaborate on Switch Classroom projects.

SEA Releases Museum Film: Energy Makes Our World

June 23, 2021

SEA has released the short film Energy Makes Our World at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and will broaden to more museums.

Tinker Talks - Summer 2021

June 16, 2021

Dr. Scott Tinker is constantly presenting to energy groups in both the private and public sector. Check out these upcoming talks this summer.

Venezuela Energy Solutions for the Future Case Competition Announces Winners

May 24, 2021

Switch Energy Alliance partnered with VAPA, Gente Capaz, and CITGO on an international student competition.

Dr. Scott Tinker Presents At KBH Energy Center Distinguished Lecture Series

May 18, 2021

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business invited Dr. Scott Tinker to present about critical thinking for equitable energy at their Distinguished Lecture Series.

Switch On: The Series Is Now Available On EarthxTV On-Demand

May 11, 2021

Switch Energy Alliance is excited to announce that Switch On: The Series is now available on EarthxTV On-Demand.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 6, 2021

Switch Energy Alliance wants to wish educators everywhere a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Special thanks to our Teacher Advisory Council for all of your incredible work.

Switch Energy Access Primers - Watch New 101 Videos from SEA

May 4, 2021

We are so excited to announce the release of our new Energy Access Primers! Each video is under 3 minutes and takes a high-level tour of key energy challenges and solutions surrounding energy access around the globe.

Welcome to Our New Manager of Educational Programs

April 30, 2021

SEA is thrilled to welcome Mary Tibbets to the Alliance as the new Manager of Educational Programs.

Happy Earth Day 2021

April 22, 2021

This Earth Day, Switch Energy Alliance is highlighting the importance of Modern Cooking on health, the climate, and the economy.

EarthX celebrates Earth Week 2021 with Switch On: The Series

April 19, 2021

Switch On: The Series to premiere on EarthxTV during Earth Week 2021.

Recent and Upcoming Tinker Talks - Spring 2021

April 13, 2021

Dr. Scott Tinker is constantly presenting to energy groups in both the private and public sector. Check out these recent Tinker Talks in Q1 and upcoming talks in Q2.

Dr. Scott Tinker Presents to Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

April 7, 2021

The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee invited Dr. Scott Tinker to present on energy, the economy, and the environment on March 23, 2021.

Dr. Scott Tinker Talks Critical Thinking for Equitable Energy with IPAA

March 30, 2021

Dr. Scott Tinker spoke with the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) on critical thinking for equitable energy on March 17th, 2021.

Educator Roundup: Switch Toolkits

March 23, 2021

March Educator Roundup: Accompany award-winning film, Switch, with our classroom activities and discussion guides.

Enerplus Invites Dr. Scott Tinker to Present on Critical Thinking for Equitable Energy

March 17, 2021

Dr. Scott Tinker presented to the Enerplus Corporation on critical thinking for equitable energy on March 10th, 2021.

Dr. Scott Tinker Presents to Houston Energy Finance Group and Acquisitions, Divestitures and Mergers

March 10, 2021

Dr. Scott Tinker presented to the Houston Energy Finance Group (HEFG) and Acquisitions, Divestitures and Mergers (ADAM) in January 2021 on the future of sustainable energy.

Dr. Scott Tinker Discusses Energy Transition on the Decouple Podcast

March 4, 2021

Dr. Chris Keefer invited Dr. Scott Tinker to discuss the future of the energy transition on the Decouple Podcast.

Statement on Texas Power Outages

March 1, 2021

Our thoughts are with all the families affected by the severe cold and the power and water outages in Texas and the greater region.

Educator Roundup: Streaming Switch On: The Series

February 23, 2021
February Educator Roundup: Our brand new episodes– Switch On: The Series– are more accessible than ever. Find out where to stream this exciting new series for your class.

Dr. Scott Tinker Talks Energy and Filmmaking on Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative Podcast

February 9, 2021
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI) invited Dr. Scott Tinker to talk about energy and filmmaking with Dr. Robert Stoner on their podcast.

Dr. Scott Tinker Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

February 3, 2021
Dr. Scott Tinker testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at a hearing regarding climate change on February 3rd.

Welcome To Our New Executive Director

February 1, 2021
SEA is thrilled to welcome Korina Smith to the Alliance as the new Executive Director.

Dr. Scott Tinker Discusses Sustainable Energy with the Venezuelan American Petroleum Association

January 26, 2021
The Venezuelan American Petroleum Association (VAPA) invited Dr. Scott Tinker to present on sustainable energy.

Educator Roundup: SEA Resources

January 19, 2021
January Educator Roundup: Make the most of SEA Resources. View our guide to the most popular labs, primers, and site visits in the SEA library.

Switch On is Now Available on Prime Video

January 13, 2021
The highly-acclaimed documentary Switch On is now available to stream for free on Prime Video!

Case Competition Follow Up - Rajani Shrestha and Gürcan Gülen

January 12, 2021

2020 Switch International Energy Case Competition participant Rajani Shrestha was recently selected for the final round of this year's NASO (Nepal Astronomical Society) Women in Science Award.

Press-Telegram Recognizes SEA Education Specialist James Corboy as Pandemic-Era Hero

January 8, 2021
The Long Beach Press-Telegram named Switch Energy Alliance Education Specialist James Corboy a pandemic-era hero for his commitment to excellence in distance learning.

Dr. Scott Tinker Participates in Leaders in Energy Speaker Series with TCU Energy Institute

December 18, 2020
The Texas Christian University Energy Institute invited Dr. Scott Tinker to participate in their Kenneth W Davis Jr Leaders in Energy Speaker Series.

Educator Roundup: Switch On: The Series

December 8, 2020
December Educator Roundup: Presenting Switch On: The Series-- seven classroom-length episodes about global energy access.

Dr. Scott Tinker Discusses Switch On with Dr. Ernest J. Moniz and Dr. Robert Stoner on MIT Energy Initiative Fireside Chat

December 4, 2020
The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) invited Dr. Scott Tinker to talk about Switch On with Dr. Ernest J. Moniz and Dr. Robert Stoner in a fireside chat.

SEA Hosts Live Online Switch International Energy Case Competition Finals

November 19, 2020

Judges from the energy industry chose the Switch International Energy Case Competition winners during the live finals event streamed on Facebook.

Educator Roundup: Switch Energy Alliance on YouTube

November 13, 2020
November: Educator Roundup. The award-winning film Switch, the celebrated documentary Switch On, and other SEA videos are now available to stream directly from YouTube.

Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Report Features Interview with Dr. Scott Tinker

November 6, 2020
The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law (OGERL) Section of the State Bar of Texas featured an interview between Brent Stahl and Dr. Scott Tinker in their quarterly report.

Dr. Scott Tinker Presents to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition

October 27, 2020
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) invited Dr. Scott Tinker to speak at the online AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE).

Educator Roundup: Switch On Viewing and Synthesis Questions

October 15, 2020
October: Educator Roundup. NEW: Switch On Viewing and Synthesis Questions for grades 9-12 to engage your students while they watch our latest feature-length documentary.

SEA Education Specialist James Corboy Introduces Switch Classroom to the Austin Earth Science Zoomerama

October 9, 2020
Switch Energy Alliance Education Specialist James Corboy gave an introduction to Switch Classroom during the Austin Earth Science Zoomerama conference.

México Actúa Hosts Sustainable Energy Transitions Webinar with Dr. Scott Tinker

October 1, 2020
Dr. Scott Tinker spoke during a webinar on sustainable energy transitions hosted by México Actúa and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Environmental Defense Fund Hosts Webinar with Dr. Scott Tinker and SEA Executive Director Lenae Shirley

September 25, 2020
SEA Executive Director Lenae Shirley led a Q&A with Dr. Scott Tinker about the new documentary Switch On with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

Educator Roundup: Energy Education in the Classroom

September 17, 2020
September: Educator Roundup. Switch Classroom is a free, adaptable learning environment for your virtual, hybrid, or in-person classes.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists Energy Insights Podcast Features Dr. Scott Tinker

September 11, 2020
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) invited Dr. Scott Tinker to talk about SEA’s new documentary Switch On and energy poverty.

Dr. Scott Tinker Discusses Energy Dilemmas and Opportunities in ONS Foundation’s Biennial Event

September 4, 2020
The ONS Foundation invited Dr. Tinker to discuss the future of energy transition.

2020 International Switch Energy Case Competition

August 26, 2020
Switch Energy Alliance and the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will host the International Switch Energy Case Competition.

Switch Classroom is Available Now

August 17, 2020
Switch Energy Alliance is proud to present Switch Classroom. Register now to get started as a teacher or student.

Educator Roundup: Back to School with SEA

August 10, 2020
August Educator Roundup: Introduce 'Switch On' to your classroom using our discussion questions as a classroom activity to continue the conversation.

SEA Hosts Second Annual Teacher Advisory Council Summer Institute

July 15, 2020
Advanced Placement Environmental Science teachers met online to discuss energy education in the world today and create an exciting new online curriculum, Switch Classroom for AP Environmental Science, launching this Fall.

University of Pamplona Chapter of the Switch Energy Club

July 6, 2020
The University of Pamplona (Colombia) chapter of the Switch Energy Club was recently honored as the first place winner in the Sustainable Development in Energy Projects Contest sponsored by the AAPG.

IAGC Webinar: Energy in the Time of COVID

June 29, 2020
The International Association of Geophysical Contractors discusses the ongoing effects of the pandemic on the energy industry with Dr. Scott Tinker.

PESA Hosts Dr. Scott Tinker to Address Global Energy in the Time of COVID

June 22, 2020
Dr. Scott Tinker talks about the worldwide effect of the pandemic on energy with the Petroleum Equipment & Services Association.

Thoughts on Energy Poverty and a Sustainable Transition

June 15, 2020
Dr. Scott Tinker discusses the global energy outlook on the Oil Intel podcast with hosts Adam Cohen and Michael Beimford.

Switch Energy Alliance presents Switch Classroom, Coming for the 2020-2021 School Year!

June 9, 2020
Switch Classroom is an online learning platform scheduled for release in Fall 2020. Centered on College Board® AP Environmental Science guidelines, Switch Classroom is free and provides a structured curriculum that covers energy resources by using engaging videos, presentations, quizzes and other high-level activities.

What's Involved in an Energy Transition?

June 8, 2020
Dr. Scott Tinker discusses the future of energy on the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) podcast Context: Energy Examined with host Tonya Zelinsky.

Energy Transition Requires Critical Thinking

May 29, 2020
The most recent issue of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) Publication First Break features the article “Energy Transition Requires Critical Thinking” by Crosstalk columnist Andrew McBarnet.

Robert Bryce Review: ‘Switch On’ Spotlights Transformative Power of Energy

May 22, 2020
“Switch On succeeds because it doesn’t argue about inequality or about how transformative modern energy can be, it shows it.” - Robert Bryce

Switch On Documentary Available Now

April 8, 2020
Presenting: The new global energy documentary from Switch Energy Alliance, Switch On!

Texas Tech University Holds Switch On Screening

March 19, 2020
The Texas Tech University School of Law’s Energy Law Program hosted a screening of Switch Energy Alliance’s second film, Switch On, on March 9, 2020.

Switch Energy Alliance Begins Shooting Museum Film

December 23, 2019
SEA is in the production stage of a new short film that demonstrates the importance of energy in our lives.

State Electric Cooperative Associations - Tinker Talks

December 11, 2019
Dr. Scott Tinker spoke to a number of state electric cooperative associations. Electric cooperatives are private, independent electric utilities, owned by the members they serve. The public perception of the energy landscape is providing challenges to U.S. electric cooperatives. Dr. Tinker provided an overview of the global energy scene.

University of Houston–Clear Lake Holds Switch Screening

December 3, 2019
The University of Houston-Clear Lake hosted a screening of SEA’s first film, Switch.

Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

October 20, 2019
Next week's Shale Insight 2019 conference in Pittsburgh, PA, will include featured speakers Scott W. Tinker, Bureau Director, and President Donald J. Trump.

The TAC is Back!

September 19, 2019
SEA's Teacher Advisory Council returns this fall to develop energy content.

SEA Presents to AP Environmental Science Teachers at AP National Conference

July 24, 2019
SEA recently participated in the Advanced Placement Annual National Conference. SEA spoke to AP Environmental Science teachers about SEA’s new AP Environmental Science web-based energy curriculum and worked with teachers to perform a hands-on solar photovoltaic lab.

AP Environmental Science Teacher Workshop

July 23, 2019
SEA hosted nine elite AP Environmental Science teachers to develop innovative, interactive energy curriculum.

Scott Tinker Speaks Before 300 AP Environmental Science Teachers

July 1, 2019
SEA’s Chairman, Scott Tinker, spoke to over 300 Advanced Placement Environmental Science high school teachers, emphasizing the importance of critical thinking when analyzing energy issues.

Derek Tinker and Bill Hays Speak at Austin Rotary Club About Pursuing a Smart Energy Future

June 10, 2019
Derek Tinker and Bill Hays, SEA employees, spoke at the Austin Rotary Club about pursuing a smart energy future.

Scott Tinker Speaks at AIPN Summit on Energy Poverty and Switch On

May 28, 2019
Scott Tinker spoke about energy poverty and SEA’s upcoming film Switch On at the recent AIPN Summit.

Switch Energy Alliance Presents at Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering STEM Competition

April 27, 2019
Switch Energy Alliance recently participated in the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) State STEM Competition by speaking to the TAME teachers about SEA’s new AP Environmental Science web-based energy curriculum and by providing an entertaining and educational energy presentation to the approximately 300 middle school and high school students competing in the event.

Filming Switch On In Vietnam – Scott Tinker Meets Phúc

April 24, 2019
Scott Tinker has a touching moment with a resilient Vietnamese woman named Phúc while filming the upcoming documentary, Switch On.

Scott Tinker Speaks On Sustainable Energy Transitions at Oklahoma City University

April 15, 2019
Global energy concerns and the need for objective solutions to address energy poverty and global emissions were some of the topics discussed by Scott Tinker during a presentation at Oklahoma City University on April 15, 2019.

UT’s Switch Energy Club Hosts Successful Energy Case Competition

April 6, 2019
The Switch Energy Club Chapter at the University of Texas held a highly successful Energy Case Competition on April 6, 2019. Sixteen teams of 4 UT students had one week to develop strategies for energy security in either Nepal or Kenya. Congratulations to the UT Chapter of the Switch Energy Club, the 16 teams, numerous judges, and supporting organizations for an amazing Switch Energy Case Competition!

Gunchukwa Colombia Solar Power Installation

February 16, 2019
SEA installed a solar-powered system in the village of Gunchukwa, Colombia, capable of providing power to seven communal buildings. The mission brought “first light” to the Arhuacan people in Gunchukwa. The installation was filmed by Arcos Films and will be used in the upcoming feature-length documentary Switch On to increase awareness of the vast number of people who live with little or no electricity (called energy poverty) and enlighten the public on the issue of lack of energy access.


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SEA uses technical safeguards designed to secure your personal information and protect against unauthorized access to or alteration of your personal information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Transmission of all Site information including sensitive information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL). While we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations inherent to the Internet which are beyond our control; and (b) security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this Site cannot be guaranteed.

Children Under Thirteen

If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website. If you are a parent and you have questions regarding our data collection practices, please contact us using the information provided at the end of this Privacy Policy.

Email Communications

From time to time, SEA may contact you via email for the purpose of providing newsletters, announcements, promotional offers, alerts, confirmations, surveys, and/or other general communication. In order to improve our Services, we may receive a notification when you open an email from SEA or click on a link therein.

If you would like to stop receiving communications via email from SEA, you may opt out of such communications by following the instructions on the email..

External Data Storage Sites

We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.

Changes to this Statement

SEA reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account, by placing a prominent notice on our site, and/or by updating any privacy information on this page. Your continued use of the Site and/or Services available through this Site after such modifications will constitute your: (a) acknowledgment of the modified Privacy Policy; and (b) agreement to abide and be bound by that Policy.

Contact Information

SEA welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that SEA has not adhered to this Statement, please contact SEA at:

Switch Energy Alliance
10900 Stonelake Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78759

Email Address:


Effective as of January 1, 2020