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Break down the trade-offs and hard truths of the energy transition in Alberta, Canada, and beyond with energy experts David Keith, Sara Hastings-Simon and Ed Whittingham.

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Break down the trade-offs and hard truths of the energy transition in Alberta, Canada, and beyond with energy experts David Keith, Sara Hastings-Simon and Ed Whittingham.

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    History vs Energy - How the history of energy transitions can inform our future

    History vs Energy - How the history of energy transitions can inform our future

    Overview:
    What does the history of energy tell us about energy transition?
    Can we learn from the past or will we repeat the same mistakes?
    What do people get wrong when trying to extract lessons from the history of energy?

    Co-hosts David, Sara, and Ed are joined by guest, Dr. Petra Dolata, to discuss data on historical transitions, including lessons of deindustrialization in the Ruhr region of Germany on Season 5, Episode 8 of Energy vs Climate.

    About Our Guest:
    Petra Dolada is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary. A former Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the History of Energy, who held previous academic positions at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany and at Kings College London in the UK, her research examines the 1970s energy crises, transatlantic energy relations and the historical connections between deindustrialization and energy transitions. She is the co-convenor of the Energy In Society working group at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities.

    Topics:
    (00:00) Intro
    (03:19) Socio-energy systems design: A policy framework for energy transitions
    (05:00) The 200-year history of energy transitions
    (07:20) History of Prime Movers and Future Implications
    (08:34) Gauging the Role of Energy Substitution in Transitioning to Low-Carbon Economies
    (12:12) The Social Dimensions of Energy Transitions
    (14:00) Histories of Transitions
    (16:35) Peaking: A Brief History of Select Energy Transitions
    (21:00) Profitable Solutions to Climate, Oil, and Proliferation
    (25:00) What we need to know about the pace of decarbonization
    (35:24) World History and Energy
    (40:07) The Future Role of Coal: International Market Realities vs Climate Protection?
    (47:10) The Energy Transition Is a Technological Revolution — with a Deadline
    (51:00) Three sides to every story: Gender perspectives in energy transition pathways in Canada, Kenya and Spain
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    Stranger than (Climate) Fiction

    Stranger than (Climate) Fiction

    What is the role of literature in the climate policy and technology discussion? How does the genre allow us to explore uncomfortable climate scenarios, including those to do with heat death and direct action? While ultimately successful, the path laid out in the book is very bumpy, volatile, and rife with violence – strikingly different from the smooth and orderly transition often offered up by politicians and techno-optimists.

    On S5E7 of Energy vs Climate, David, Sara, Ed, and New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson (of The Ministry for the Future) discuss how science fiction can help us explore different climate scenarios and solutions.

    EPISODE NOTES
    @0:21 – Kim Stanley Robinson
    @0:21 – The Ministry for the Future - Kim Stanley Robinson
    @3:13 – How hot is too hot for humans? Understanding wet-bulb temperatures
    @9:00 – Carboncoin
    @10:25 – The unprecedented Pacific Northwest heatwave of June 2021
    @13:55 – Karl Popper
    @18:45 – How to Blow Up a Pipeline - Andreas Malm
    @20:32 – Dave Foreman
    @21:30 – Climate protesters throw tomato soup on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’
    @27:50 – Who is Wiebo Ludwig? A thunder storm wrapped in the flesh of a man. Part 1
    @30:52 – Glacier geoengineering to address sea-level rise: A geotechnical approach (Lockley et al, 2020)
    @31:50 – Solar Geoengineering - should we go there?
    @39:25 – Empowering Female Climate Change Activists in the Global South: The Path Toward Environmental Social Justice - Peggy Ann Spitzer
    @44:05 – The Hottest Year
    @46:10 – Utility of the blockchain for climate mitigation (Chen, 2018)
    @49:05 – Overshooting 1.5 C limit 'looks inevitable' with record CO2 emissions from fossil fuels
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    Energy vs IEA Oil and Gas Scenarios

    Energy vs IEA Oil and Gas Scenarios

    Published each year, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook (WEO) is a leading source of scenario-based analysis of global energy demand and supply. This year, as the global energy crisis shows signs of calming, the WEO finds a peak in fossil fuels before 2030 across all scenarios. The result has been met with skepticism by some politicians in Canada, with Alberta’s Premier Danielle Smith going so far as to question the credibility of the organization. 
    A follow-on special report from the IEA on the oil and gas industry in net zero transitions, released on November 23, offers additional insights on the role of oil and gas producers in achieving a decarbonized global energy sector.

    David, Sara, Ed, and the International Energy Agency’s Chief Energy Economist, Tim Gould discuss the findings of these IEA reports and the implications for Canada and its natural resources on Season 5, Episode 6 of Energy vs Climate.

    EPISODE NOTES
    @3:20 – World Energy Outlook 2023
    @6:10 – Oil and gas industry faces moment of truth – and opportunity to adapt – as clean energy transitions advance
    @9:45 – Electric Vehicles
    @10:53 – China’s electric vehicle surge will shock global markets
    @14:06 – Oil demand to begin long-term decline this decade, according to new Pembina report
    @24:01 – Oil Companies Are Preparing for a Lucrative Decline
    @24:26 – Building Momentum Toward Net Zero
    @29:05 – Canada’s Energy Future 2023
    @32:50 – The Place of Energy Security in the National Security Framework: An Assessment Approach
    @42:26 – Canada introduces framework to cap greenhouse gas pollution from oil and gas sector
    @45:34 – Minister Guilbeault announces Canada’s draft methane regulations to support cleaner energy and climate action
    @46:40 – World Energy Investment 2023
    @56:26 – Econom
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    Energy vs Carbon Removal

    Energy vs Carbon Removal

    We are excited to bring you a special live taping of Energy vs Climate  from November 22, 2023 at the Ampersand in Calgary. 
    Energy vs Carbon Removal is a dive deep into this still relatively new climate mitigation pathway. The IPCC and other bodies increasingly view Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) as a critical tool to reduce CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere and bring warming back down to 1.5C by century’s end. 
    It seems like new carbon removal start-ups are springing up weekly. But the barriers to commercializing CDR tech remain daunting. Will CDR live up to its hype or fail to launch?
    EvC partnered with carbonNEXT’s series Carbon Talks for this live show.

    EPISODE NOTES
    @5:00 – What is Carbon Removal?
    @6:00 – What's the least bad way to cool the planet?
    @8:35 – Carbon Engineering
    @9:45 – What is Ocean Alkalinization?
    @9:45 - Enhanced Rock Weathering
    @12:52 – Climeworks - Orca
    @16:25 – CCUS Investment Tax Credit - PRIMER (Spring 2023)
    @17:30 – US power sector carbon capture and storage under the Inflation Reduction Act could be costly with limited or negative abatement potential (Grubert & Sawyer, 2023)
    @21:50 – Occidental and 1PointFive, King Ranch Reach Lease Agreement to Support up to 30 Direct Air Capture Plants on Leased Acreage
    @26:00 – Decarbonizing Cement
    @33:00 – Carbon Removal Canada - Reports & Resources
    @38:22 – What You Need to Know About Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
    @50:15 – Lessons From California’s Carbon Dioxide Removal Policies
    @53:35 – Greengate Travers Solar
    @1:01:53 – The State of Carbon Dioxide Removal Report
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Building for Sustainability - What Really Matters

    Building for Sustainability - What Really Matters

    What matters - and really doesn’t matter - when it comes to Building for Sustainability? David, Sara and Ed answer that question in a live episode of Energy vs Climate recorded on November 5, 2023 to kick off the Building for Sustainability symposium in Canmore, AB.

    EPISODE NOTES
    @00:3:30 Carbon sink and low-carbon building materials
    @00:5:30 Keeping The Heat In - Section 8: Upgrading windows and exterior doors
    @00:10:03 Spring Creek Mountain Village receives green energy certification
    @00:11:48 Fact sheet: Early Estimate of National Emissions 2022
    @00:15:21 Goodbye, gas furnaces? Why electrification is the future of home heating
    @00:20:25 Recent Progress in Green Cement Technology Utilizing Low-Carbon Emission Fuels and Raw Materials: A Review
    @00:24:00 Heat Pumps Pay Off: Unlocking lower-cost heating and cooling in Canada
    @00:27:11 The green economy transition: the challenges of technological change for sustainability
    @00:29:00 Tesla Energy Storage Business, Solar Roof Revenues: Heading in Opposite Directions?
    @00:38:56  Incentive Programs
    @00:39:50  Banff launches the first municipal solar feed-in tariff in Canada
    @00:40:34 The Solar Club™
    @00:42:49 CANMORELAND
    @00:44:24 An Overview of Natural Gas Bans in the U.S. 
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    • 50 min
    Transmission vs Climate

    Transmission vs Climate

    Long distance and interregional transmission lines promise to increase reliability, mitigate the impact of extreme weather events, and provide electricity consumers with access to low-cost resources. They are an important piece of the energy transition puzzle. But despite the well documented benefits of long-distance transmission, to date there has been limited progress in building out interties across North America.

    What lessons can we draw from the early days of renewable development that are relevant to this new challenge? What is the current state of efforts to develop long distance transmission and interties in the US, and how does this compare to Canada’s approach? And what is the role of "patient capital” in financing these opportunities?

    David, Sara, Ed, and Michael Skelly of Grid United discuss all things transmission on Season 5, Episode 3 of Energy vs Climate.

    EPISODE NOTES
    @1:00 – Michael Skelly
    @1:00 – Superpower - Russell Gold
    @3:51 – Texas Renewable Energy Zones
    @7:44 - TransWest Express Transmission Project, USA
    @8:05 - Hertel-New York interconnection line
    @9:00 - EvC - Canada's Big Bet on Electrification
    @16:10 - The economics of large-scale wind power in a carbon constrained world (DeCarolis and Keith, 2006)
    @24:50 - Viking Link Interconnector Project, Denmark-UK
    @27:15 - North Plains Connector
    @29:14 - Replacing the Utility Transmission Syndicate's Control (Peskoe, 2023)
    @29:19 - Grid Governance in the Energy Trilemma Era: Remedying the Democracy Deficit (Kleit and Walters, 2023)
    @33:00 - China's mega transmission lines
    @33:50 - Morocco-UK Power Project
    @35:00 - EvC - How Solar Became Cheap
    @45:01 - Buying hydro from B.C. will help Alberta meet net-zero goal, in Ottawa's vision 
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Customer Reviews

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68 Ratings

68 Ratings

vodka1950 ,

CDR

Always a good listen, however:
In the episode re CDR, David somewhat flippantly compared Danielle Smith’s review and potential claim on the CPP with Alberta’s “responsibility” for GHG emissions. To put the two issues on a time equivalent basis, one has to compare cumulative emissions since 1965 with the (arguably tenuous) CPP claim. Current emissions don’t do it. On a cumulative basis since 1965, Alberta has emitted a way smaller proportion of the country’s GHG’s than the 53% claim on CPP. I couldn’t find the cumulative provincial emissions, but Alberta’s cumulative emissions over the relevant period may well not be much larger than Ontario’s. Alberta’s CPP claim may be questionable, but the David’s analogy is also questionable and may only become more relevant with significantly more annual emissions over time from Alberta.

TWGreenTeacher ,

Nuanced and honest without diminishing the severity of the climate crisis

To the credit of the co-hosts and their expert guests, I rarely come away from an episode feeling entirely validated in my pre-conceived notions about various topics. Complex issues require nuanced discussions and often lead to understandings that leave us somewhat frustrated but richer for having gone on the intellectual journey. That EvC is able to deliver all of this without diminishing the importance and severity of the climate and energy challenges we face is rather remarkable. Keep up the good work!

kejwilson ,

Quality Conversation and Experts

Really enjoying this podcast — incredibly thought provoking discussion and subject matter experts! A must listen for anyone looking to understand more about energy, emission contributors, and the ways we can address them.

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