Energy 360 examines the energy landscape from the intersection of policy, markets, technologies, and geopolitics. With commentary from leading energy and CSIS experts, we provide context and perspective on the most critical issues shaping energy today. Hosted by the CSIS Energy and National Security Program.
U.S. Energy Workers in Transition
This week, Ben Cahill (CSIS) is joined by Daniel Raimi and Wes Look (Resources for the Future) to discuss the latest report in their series focused on ensuring fairness for workers and communities in transition. They talk about the opportunities and challenges facing fossil fuel communities in the United States as well as policy strategies that should be adopted to help workers transition into the clean energy economy.
For more read, https://www.rff.org/publications/reports/enabling-fairness-for-energy-workers-and-communities-in-transition/
Department of Energy: Ready for New Priorities?
This week we look at whether the Department of Energy is set up to meet the new climate and energy goals set out by the Biden Administration. Our guests, Tim Lieuwen (Georgia Tech), Adam Cohen (AUI and CSIS), and Leland Cogliani (Lewis Burke Associates) talk with Jane Nakano (CSIS Energy) about why modifying DoE’s current organization could help to meet some of the new mission objectives and the challenges and opportunities that come with any federal reorganization plan.
Read the white paper: https://research.gatech.edu/sites/default/files/inline-files/energy-ecosystem_lieuwencohen_021821_final-v2.pdf
Conversation with Representative Elaine Luria
This week, Jane Nakano (CSIS) talks with Representative Elaine Luria about energy and climate priorities for Representative Luria’s district. Representative Luria was first elected to represent Virginia’s Second Congressional District in 2018. Her district includes many coastal communities as well as 8 military installations. Previously, she served two decades in the Navy, retiring with the rank of Commander. Jane talks with Representative Luria about how her background as nuclear-trained officer played a role in her move to become a member of Congress as well as some of the key issues and policies she is advancing not only for her district but for country at large.
Commodity Traders in the Global Economy
This week, Bloomberg energy and commodity reporters Javier Blas and Jack Farchy join Ben Cahill (CSIS) for a discussion of their new book, The World for Sale: Money, Power and the Traders Who Barter the Earth’s Resources. Their discussion focuses on the influential role that commodity traders have played in global oil markets over the past four decades and looks ahead to how the commodities business may need to respond to new demands of the global energy economy.
Just Transitions: India’s Path Forward
As the energy transition in India accelerates, how do decisionmakers ensure that the transition is a just and equitable transition? Neha Sharma (CIF and JTI), Ajay Mathur (International Solar Alliance), Srestha Banerjee (iForest), and Mike Ward (CIF) look at the underlying drivers of India’s energy transitions, and key considerations for creating a just transition, including the need for fairness and equity, geographic disparities, lack of social mobility, labor policy, and energy access.
This week’s episode is part of the Just Transitions Initiative, a partnership of the CSIS Energy Program and the Climate Investment Funds. For more, visit the Just Transition Initiative.
Neha Sharma is Evaluation and Learning Specialist at the Climate Investment Funds and a core team member of the Just Transitions Initiative
Ajay Mathur is Director General–designate for the International Solar Alliance, and formerly the Director General at the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India
Srestha Banerjee is Program Head for Climate Justice and Natural Resource Management at iForest
Mike Ward is Senior Sustainability Specialist at the Climate Investment Funds
Grid Crisis in Texas
This week, Dr. Emily Grubert, a professor at Georgia Tech, joins Stephen Naimoli (CSIS) to look at the recent winter storm in Texas that caused massive grid failures. Emily and Stephen consider what happened in Texas and why the grid there failed to handle the severe storm. They examine the tools and policies that decisionmakers can use to help the grid avoid problems like this and to prepare for worsening impacts as a result of climate change in the future.
For more, read Stephen’s recent examiner: https://www.csis.org/analysis/extreme-weather-tests-grid-resilience-across-much-united-states
And see Emily's bio for more of her work: https://spp.gatech.edu/people/person/emily-grubert