23 episodes

The Flux Capacitor podcast features discussions with business and thought leaders of the electricity industry on the future of the business of electricity. The discussions touch on how we create, move, trade, and use energy, with each guest adding their own expertise and perspective to the conversation. What will be the impacts of technological change? How will markets and customer demands respond to new technology? What will change, both social and technological, mean for regulators, society and the electricity industry? CEA invites you to join in the conversation.

Flux Capacitor Francis Bradley

    • Non-Profit
    • 4.9, 25 Ratings

The Flux Capacitor podcast features discussions with business and thought leaders of the electricity industry on the future of the business of electricity. The discussions touch on how we create, move, trade, and use energy, with each guest adding their own expertise and perspective to the conversation. What will be the impacts of technological change? How will markets and customer demands respond to new technology? What will change, both social and technological, mean for regulators, society and the electricity industry? CEA invites you to join in the conversation.

    Episode 023: Covid-19 Part 3, Scott Aaronson

    Episode 023: Covid-19 Part 3, Scott Aaronson

    Recorded on Zoom in mid-July 2020, episode 23 is the third podcast in a series on preparation for and response to the challenges of Covid-19, featuring a discussion with Scott Aaronson, Vice President of Security and Preparedness at the Edison Electric Institute in Washington and secretariat to the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). Scott and I talk about the evolution of the ESCC, how industry came together to tackle pandemic challenges, issue spotting and Tiger Teams, preparing for the next pandemic, and mutual assistance.

    • 39 min
    Episode 022: Noel Voykin and Electricity in the North, Part 2

    Episode 022: Noel Voykin and Electricity in the North, Part 2

    Recorded on Zoom in late June 2020, episode 22 is the second podcast in a series on the current challenges and future prospects of supplying electricity in Canada’s North. The featured discussion is with Noel Voykin, the President and CEO of Northwest Territories Power Corporation Our conversation touches on economic development in the north, new renewable technologies, climate change impacts, and leadership.

    • 28 min
    Episode 021: National Lineworker Appreciation Day with Lana Norton

    Episode 021: National Lineworker Appreciation Day with Lana Norton

    Recorded by phone for National Lineworker Appreciation Day on July 10th 2020, episode 21 features a discussion with the founder and Executive Director of Women of Powerline Technicians, Lana Norton. We talk about the typical day for a lineworker, how the changes in the electricity sector are changing (and in some cases, not changing) the work of lineworkers, and the role Women of Powerline Technicians plays in supporting women PLTs and in promoting careers in trades for young women.

    • 22 min
    Episode 020: Covid-19 Part 2, Craig Oldham

    Episode 020: Covid-19 Part 2, Craig Oldham

    Recorded on Zoom in late June 2020, episode 20 is the second podcast in a series on preparation for and response to the challenges of Covid-19, this time from a government perspective. The featured discussion is with Craig Oldham, Director General of the Critical Infrastructure Directorate, in the National and Cyber Security Branch, at Public Safety Canada. We talk about the evolution of the response to Covid-19, how the government coordinates through the Government Operations Centre, the complexity of preparedness and response in the context of the broader threat environment, and the importance of relationships and partnerships.

    • 36 min
    Episode 019: Andrew Hall and Electricity in the North, Part 1

    Episode 019: Andrew Hall and Electricity in the North, Part 1

    Recorded on Zoom in June 2020, episode 19 is the first in a series on the current challenges and future prospects of supplying electricity in Canada’s North. The featured discussion is with Andrew Hall, Yukon Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer. We talk about the unique challenges of the electricity sector in the north, how Yukon differs from the other territories, the complexity of managing an islanded grid, integrating new renewables, the criticality of partnerships with indigenous communities, and the Sustainable Electricity program.

    • 34 min
    Episode 018: Covid-19 Part 1, Eóin Cooke

    Episode 018: Covid-19 Part 1, Eóin Cooke

    Recorded on Zoom in June 2020, episode 18 is our return from hiatus due to the Coronavirus, and the first in a series on electricity sector preparation for and response to the challenges of Covid-19. The featured discussion is with Eóin Cooke, AltaLink’s Vice-President of Security and Information Services. We talk about AltaLink’s preparedness for a pandemic, technology and productivity in the time of Covid-19, and the importance of partnerships in pandemic response. Eóin also shares his views on artificial intelligence and the AI cybersecurity arms race.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Ross Johnson ,

Fantastic Podcast

This is a fascinating look at the complexities of the most important of critical infrastructure - electricity. There isn't a lot of easily-digestible information in the public arena on the challenges of power generation today, and this podcast helps to fill the gap.

There will be a lot of changes to the way electricity is generated and delivered in the next ten to thirty years. The grid of the future will be shaped by technology, climate change, and changing demand. It is an exciting time, and this podcast will help the public to understand the significance of the changes under way. Strongly recommended for anyone who uses electricity.

toomMywords ,

Great idea

I only gave this three stars but the content is incredible. The audio of the the guest I usually find distant and faint. When I have to strain to hear it takes away the mental ability to absorb the information as intended. Hope you figure this out. Thanks for a great podcast.

David McKendry ,

Excellent!

A wonderful way to get an inside view into the challenges and opportunities of arguably the most important infrastructure backbone of modern society!

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