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Welcome to the Energy Transitions Podcast, brought to you by Enlit & Friends. In this bi-weekly podcast, your host Pamela Largue has engaging conversations with energy sector professionals at the forefront of the energy transition in Europe and beyond. Visit https://www.enlit.world/podcasts/energy-transitions/ for more information about the series and guests.

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Welcome to the Energy Transitions Podcast, brought to you by Enlit & Friends. In this bi-weekly podcast, your host Pamela Largue has engaging conversations with energy sector professionals at the forefront of the energy transition in Europe and beyond. Visit https://www.enlit.world/podcasts/energy-transitions/ for more information about the series and guests.

    Evaluating Poland's green energy prospects

    Evaluating Poland's green energy prospects

    In this episode of the Energy Transitions podcast, Joanna Pandera, founder and President of Forum Energii, provides an update on Poland's transition in light of recent leadership changes and the influence of European policy.
    In this episode, you will learn more about:


    The impact of the energy crisis and government change

    The current Polish attitude towards green policy

    An update on the country's coal phase-out

    Technologies holding promise such as hydrogen and CCS

    The impact of polarisation on the energy landscape

    Opportunities and threats to Poland's energy transition

    Findings from Forum Energii's latest report: Energy Transition in Poland: 2024 Edition

    This episode was recorded during Enlit On The Road Poland. You can find more information here. 

    • 23 min
    Why technological neutrality is key to delivering EU net-zero goals

    Why technological neutrality is key to delivering EU net-zero goals

    In this Energy Transitions podcast episode, Brussels Editor and Host of the EU Energy Projects Podcast, Areti Ntaradimou, talks to Markus Rauramo, the CEO and President of Finnish energy giant Fortum and the Vice-President of Eurelectric, about Europe's road to net zero, policy robustness and the importance of technological neutrality to achieve the ambitious decarbonisation targets.

    On a windy day at the Eurelectric Power Summit in Athens, they discussed:



    How ambitious EU energy policy provides incentives to energy companies;

    Why cyber security is increasingly important for the security of supply;

    How Fortum is planning for increased renewable energy integration onto the network and what role storage would play;

    What technologies are needed to ensure uninterrupted power to heavy industries;

    The different nuclear energy technologies that could assist in achieving decarbonisation goals;

    What the energy sector can learn from the Nordics.

    • 18 min
    Making a case for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage

    Making a case for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage

    In this episode of the Energy Transitions podcast, Pamela Largue speaks to Ann Burton, head of global BECCS deployment at Drax, about BECCS and what makes it a viable and sustainable decarbonisation solution. Burton talks about how Drax is progressing with the new energy system's project deployment, as well as the challenges, wins and lessons learned thus far.
    In this episode, you will gain insight into:


    Why bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is a viable solution despite its bad reputation

    How BECCS can be sustainable

    Challenges associated with projects and how to overcome them

    An update on the 600MW North Yorkshire plant and Drax's expansion plans into US markets

    The skills needed to make these projects successful

    Why education and awareness are critical to ensure the growth of the sector

    How BECCS is developing a robust carbon credits market

    • 28 min
    The journey to commercialising wave energy with Inna Braverman

    The journey to commercialising wave energy with Inna Braverman

    In this episode of the Energy Transitions podcast, Pamela Largue spoke to Inna Braverman, the CEO and co-founder of Eco Wave Power. Braverman details the development of her company and their technology, the challenges and triumphs encountered on the path to commercialisation, and her personal journey from a girl that no one would listen to, to a well-respected industry pioneer.
    In this episode, learn about:


    The state of wave energy in Europe and across the globe

    The technology that works and doesn't work, and why

    Why onshore and near shore are less risky than offshore

    Lessons learned from pioneering wave energy projects

    Why an updated regulatory framework is critical to the success of projects

    • 33 min
    Rightsizing the grid to accelerate decarbonisation

    Rightsizing the grid to accelerate decarbonisation

    In this episode of the Energy Transitions podcast, Pamela Largue speaks to Kristian Ruby, Secretary General, Eurelectric and Serge Colle, Global Energy & Resources Industry Market Leader, EY, about what is needed to overcome grid bottlenecks while maximising reliability.
    This episode will answer questions about:

    The importance of derisking investment through updated policy frameworks
    Incentives and derisking mechanisms to rightsize grids for 20 years from now
    How TSOs and DSO need to prepare for future challenges
    Accessing funding for grid expansion without creating a huge bill for the customer
    The importance of closing the loop between electrification needs,  grid plans and climate targets
    Understanding the need to build a foundation of knowledge to guide policymakers in future decision making

    Both Kristian Ruby and Serge Colle will be discussing the future of grids at the Eurelectric Power Summit, taking place in Lagonissi, Greece, 22 – 23 May 2024. The summit will address in detail the challenges and opportunities we face to keep the lights on.

    • 33 min
    Why Portugal is a European renewables success story

    Why Portugal is a European renewables success story

    In this episode of the Energy Transitions podcast, Pedro Amaral Jorge, President of APREN (Portuguese Renewable Energy Association), explains how being an early adopter of renewable energy set Portugal up for success on its path to energy and economic transformation.
    In this episode, we answer these questions:

    How is Portugal maximising its renewable energy resources, especially wind and hydro?
    What policy mechanisms give the country an advantage and help speed up renewables uptake?
    Why was renewable energy critical to ensuring a positive economic cycle in the country?
    Does Portugal have the skills and experience needed to achieve net zero goals?
    What is the future of transition fuels like natural gas?
    What is APREN's role in Portugal's renewable energy sector and how can renewable energy associations in other countries model their advocacy and policy efforts?

    • 19 min

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