128 episodes

Welcome to ‘Energy Unplugged by Aurora’, a mix of in-depth conversations with key international industry leaders, policymakers and academics, exploring the hottest topics across the energy market.

Hosted by various Aurora experts, we invite high profile guests to share their unique perspectives on major energy issues.

Our intention is to share with you a new episode every week, so stay tuned and enjoy the podcast!

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Welcome to ‘Energy Unplugged by Aurora’, a mix of in-depth conversations with key international industry leaders, policymakers and academics, exploring the hottest topics across the energy market.

Hosted by various Aurora experts, we invite high profile guests to share their unique perspectives on major energy issues.

Our intention is to share with you a new episode every week, so stay tuned and enjoy the podcast!

    EP.105 Capacity markets deep dive with Aurora's leadership from around the world

    EP.105 Capacity markets deep dive with Aurora's leadership from around the world

    This week on Energy Unplugged we’re doing a deep dive on capacity markets with some of Aurora's leadership from around the world. Our Founder and CEO, John Feddersen is joined by Dan Monzani – MD for GB and Ireland, Hugo Batten - MD for Asia-Pacific and California and Oliver Kerr – Head of USA.

    The main questions we’re trying to answer are: 1) What are capacity markets?; 2) Why are they used?; and 3) When do they work?

    As in Europe capacity markets have largely won the debate, the focus is on markets outside Europe. Main topics include:

    • The core elements of capacity markets, procurement targets, timings & frequency of auctions
    • Political context and in what ways does it matter
    • Key strengths of the capacity markets

    • 58 min
    EP.104 Jacob Mays, Assistant Professor at Cornell University

    EP.104 Jacob Mays, Assistant Professor at Cornell University

    This week on Energy Unplugged, Hugo Batten and Oliver Kerr are joined by Jacob Mays, Assistant Professor at Cornell University’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

    Prior to this role, Jacob studied at Harvard, Winconsin-Madison, and Northwestern. He’s been a management consultant, worked at FERC, and writes energy papers across a diverse range of topics.

    Listen to this ep to hear them discuss:

    - The role of energy modelling
    - Market design, in particular Jacob’s view on the wholesale-only vs capacity market plus wholesale debate
    - The role of academics in the energy transition

    Enjoy!

    • 39 min
    EP.103 John Cole, CEO of Edify Energy

    EP.103 John Cole, CEO of Edify Energy

    This week on Energy Unplugged, our MD for Australia and California Hugo Batten is joined by Founder and CEO of Edify Energy, John Cole.

    Edify has originated, financed and delivered 950 MW of utility scale solar PV and battery storage projects, with a strong pipeline of renewable, storage and green hydrogen projects to follow. John was recently included in The Australian newspaper’s Top 100 Green Power Players list.

    In this episode, Hugo and John discuss:

    • The current crisis, impact of the federal election, and redesign of the Australian market
    • Edify and the Riverina asset
    • John’s career, having co-founded 2 very successful renewables businesses in both UK and Australia

    Enjoy!

    • 36 min
    EP.102 Global Project Finance Series in partnership with SMBC Group PART I - Europe

    EP.102 Global Project Finance Series in partnership with SMBC Group PART I - Europe

    This episode is first in a series on global project finance, organized in partnership with SMBC Group. With a number of 4 episodes covering Europe, Australia, Asia and the US, this series is hosted by Aurora, with guests from SMBC Group, various law firms and Aurora.

    In this episode, we have Ana Barillas, our Head of Iberia talking to Caroline Lytton, Managing Director, Head of Power & Renewables Global Structured Finance EMEA at SMBC, John Dewar, Partner at Milbank London and Casimir Lorenz, Principal at Aurora.

    Caroline has started working in project finance in 2003, she has always been focused on infrastructure having 12 years’ experience in oil and gas. 3 years ago she was asked to head up the SMBC power and renewables business.

    John has lots of experience in the sector, and with Milbank, which has one of the largest renewable practices in the world. He became a partner in the late 90’s and has worked on a series of IPP projects in the UK and Europe. At Milbank John works on renewable energy projects but also in the hydrogen space and the in EV and battery space.

    Casimir leads the renewable energy practice of Aurora’s consulting team for continental Europe and he has been active in the energy space for the last 10 years. Before joining Aurora 4 years ago he did a PhD in Energy Economics followed by a post-doc at the German Institute for Economic Research focussing on policy consulting.

    The main topics include:

    • The level of activity right now in the project finance space
    • The impact of a higher-inflation and higher cost environment on typical project finance terms
    • Merchant risk and the biggest uncertainty in power markets at the moment
    • Managing the policy and regulatory risk in the power sector from a project finance perspective

    • 53 min
    EP.19 Nora Mead Brownell, Founding Partner of ESPY Energy Solutions_REPLAY

    EP.19 Nora Mead Brownell, Founding Partner of ESPY Energy Solutions_REPLAY

    This is a replay of an older episode with Nora Mead Brownell, Former Commissioner FERC, Former Chair PG&E and Founding Partner of ESPY Energy Solutions. Nora will be one of the keynote speakers at the Aurora Spring Forum 2022 on 14 July.

    If you want to hear more from Nora and many other industry leaders, join our Spring Forum 2022 on 14 July in Oxford, UK. The topic is: Delivering the energy transition in a fractured world: Navigating price volatility, geopolitical risk, and supply chain disruption. Spaces are limited and are filling up quickly so book your ticket now! For more details check auroraer.com/events/spring-forum/

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    Our CEO John Feddersen discusses the energy transition in the US with his special guest Nora Mead Brownell, Co-Founder of ESPY Energy Solutions. Nora is a former commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) where she was nominated by President George W. Bush, and among many other previous roles she has also served as the Chair of the Board of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).

    Topics covered include:

    • Women in the energy sector, and ESPY Energy Solutions as a women-owned business
    • The balance between state and federal responsibility in the US power sector
    • Upcoming US elections, and how the energy sector will look

    • 51 min
    EP.45 Greg Jackson, Founder and CEO of Octopus Energy_REPLAY

    EP.45 Greg Jackson, Founder and CEO of Octopus Energy_REPLAY

    This is a replay of an older episode with Greg Jackson, Founder and CEO of Octopus Energy. Greg will be one of the keynote speakers at the Aurora Spring Forum 2022 on 14 July.

    If you want to hear more from Greg and many other industry leaders, join our Spring Forum 2022 on 14 July in Oxford, UK. The topic is: Delivering the energy transition in a fractured world: Navigating price volatility, geopolitical risk, and supply chain disruption. Spaces are limited and are filling up quickly so book your ticket now! For more details check auroraer.com/events/spring-forum/

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    In this episode our CEO John Feddersen speaks to Greg Jackson, the Founder and CEO of Octopus Energy, one of the UK’s largest energy supplier businesses, and award-winning for its status as a provider of 100% sustainable energy. Octopus Energy Group recently announced the acquisition of its sister company, Octopus Renewables, bringing the retail and the generation side of energy together under one roof. Greg is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the UK with a long career leading multiple software ventures among other businesses, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

    John and Greg discuss:

    • The importance of policy in the current UK energy supply market
    • Understanding the customer experience and meeting customer’s needs
    • Weathering the debris of the Texas storms and cost-pass-through tariffs
    • The role of prices in power generation and investment

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

mandrews1988 ,

Very interesting and engaging

Aurora finds incredibly interesting industry professionals and woke me up to the huge currents of change going on around me as an engineer in the energy sector.

wingcommandertomjones ,

Enjoyed the previews

James Samworth did a fine job previewing the Spring Conference. Who else is lined up?

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