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The future of energy, transport, sustainability and more, as told by BNEF analysts. Each week, Mark Taylor and Dana Perkins sit down with Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) analysts to uncover the key findings and stories behind their latest research.

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The future of energy, transport, sustainability and more, as told by BNEF analysts. Each week, Mark Taylor and Dana Perkins sit down with Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) analysts to uncover the key findings and stories behind their latest research.

    Old Wind or Solar Farm: Run it Ragged, or Rebuild?

    Old Wind or Solar Farm: Run it Ragged, or Rebuild?

    We all know wind and solar are intermittent -- at some point the sun stops shining and the wind stops blowing. But is wind and solar power reliable? The answer seems to be that at least with a battery, yes, it is. This week Switched On speaks with Nat Bullard, chief content officer for BloombergNEF, about the future of renewables on the grid. We discuss renewables reliability, competitiveness of gas peakers in a renewables-plus-storage world, and what to do with old wind and solar farms.
    This episode is based on the weekly Sparklines series from Bloomberg Green, by Nat Bullard.
    Users can access this series on bloomberg.com, or on Bloomberg Anywhere at NI BULLARD. 
    Switched On is hosted this week by Mark Taylor.

    • 31 min
    The Fight for Mexico's Energy Future

    The Fight for Mexico's Energy Future

    Mexico became one of the hottest markets for clean energy development. Newly open Mexico attracted billions in investment driven by three highly successful auctions that are tied to more than 8GW of new wind and solar capacity. But policy under president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO, has taken a U-turn. Since taking office in late 2018, AMLO has cancelled Mexico’s renewable energy auctions and sidelined national clean energy targets. And recent regulation goes further, asserting that renewables threaten Mexico’s power grid, placing at risk over 4.5 gigawatts of wind and solar currently under development.  
    This episode is based on a report titled No Winners in AMLO's Clean Energy Feud. BNEF clients can access this series on bnef.com or BNEF Mobile, or at BNEF on the Bloomberg Terminal.
    Switched On is hosted this week by Mark Taylor.

    • 27 min
    Tiny Satellites: Eyes in the Sky, Thousands of Them

    Tiny Satellites: Eyes in the Sky, Thousands of Them

    Lower manufacturing costs, innovative launch vehicles, miniaturized sub-systems and new sensor technologies have resulted in a surge in the number of satellites orbiting earth. The more than 1,300 small satellites orbiting earth means we can now scan any given location on the planet multiple times per day -- and not just with cameras, but with sensors that measure atmospheric pressure, temperature, and more. This week, Switched On speaks with technology analyst Sarrah Raza about the rapid growth in the industries that make these small satellites, send them to space, and analyze the data they send back.
    This episode is based on a report titled Tiny Satellites – Space’s Next Frontier. BNEF clients can access this series on bnef.com or BNEF Mobile, or at BNEF on the Bloomberg Terminal.
    Switched On is hosted this week by Mark Taylor.

    • 25 min
    Green Stimulus: Nice Work, If EU Can Get It

    Green Stimulus: Nice Work, If EU Can Get It

    The European Commission on 27 May proposed 1.85 trillion euros in stimulus spending over the next seven years, 25% of which must go to things classified as ‘green’. Notable parts of the proposed spending include building renovations to improve efficiency, a massive roll-out in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and enough spending on hydrogen to make it competitive a lot sooner than it would be otherwise. This week, Switched On speaks with energy transition analyst Dario Traum about the proposed spending, what it means to be 'green', and the questions that need to get answered before the money can be spent.
    This episode is based on a report titled How Green is the EU's Trillion-Euro Recovery Plan? BNEF clients can access this series on bnef.com or BNEF Mobile, or at BNEF on the Bloomberg Terminal.
    Switched On is hosted this week by Dana Perkins and Mark Taylor.

    • 25 min
    A Coal-Free Europe Could Be Sooner Than You Think

    A Coal-Free Europe Could Be Sooner Than You Think

    A higher carbon price and cheaper gas have made coal-fired power less competitive in Europe. Reduced demand from the pandemic have made it almost impossible for coal to keep up. This week, Switched On speaks with energy transition analyst Katherine Poseidon, and power analyst Andreas Gandolfo about how several countries have gotten away from coal entirely since the pandemic started -- a trend that is likely to continue even after things get back to normal.
    This episode is based on a series of reports titled the EU Power Weekly. BNEF clients can access this series on bnef.com or BNEF Mobile, or at BNEF on the Bloomberg Terminal.
    Switched On is hosted this week by Dana Perkins and Mark Taylor.

    • 25 min
    Asia's Roads Go From Rumble to Whirr

    Asia's Roads Go From Rumble to Whirr

    We hear a lot about growth in the electric car market, but what about electric two- and three-wheelers? In 2040 about half of the 1.25 billion mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles out on the road will be electric, and most of these will be in Asia. This week, Switched On speaks with BloombergNEF mobility analysts Nick Albanese and Allen Abraham about the future of two- and three-wheeled transport.
    This episode is based on a report titled How Fast Will Two-Wheelers Electrify? BNEF clients can access this report on bnef.com or BNEF Mobile, or at BNEF on the Bloomberg Terminal.
    Switched On is hosted this week by Dana Perkins and Mark Taylor.

    • 22 min

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