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Podcast by Grid Geeks

    S6 E4 The Big Grid: Transmission Trends and the Road to Renewables

    S6 E4 The Big Grid: Transmission Trends and the Road to Renewables

    Connecting renewable energy resources to the electric grid in most places requires access to new or existing transmission. However, the current pace of transmission expansion plus policy, regulatory and permitting challenges all pose substantial barriers to transmission and renewable energy project development. In this episode of Grid Geeks, I speak with Nina Plaushin, Vice President, Regulatory and Federal Affairs for ITC Holdings Corp and Amy Farrell, the Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), to dig into the key trends and issues impacting large-scale renewable energy development and the transmission system.

    • 48 min
    S6 E3 - Valuing the Resilience of the Electric Grid

    S6 E3 - Valuing the Resilience of the Electric Grid

    As we mark the two-year anniversary of Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, Irma, and Jose, and with Hurricane Dorian having just ravaged the Caribbean and now impacting the Southeast and Eastern Seaboard, the resilience of the electric grid is still a front-and-center conversation. Yet, in spite of the growing number of more severe natural disasters and man-made events impacting the electric grid, efforts to place a value on resilience are still relatively nascent. In this episode of Grid Geeks, I talk with two experts on the topic of resilience, Wilson Rickerson, Principal with Converge Strategies, and Jonathon Monken, Senior Director, System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination for PJM Interconnection. We explore some key questions: How is resilience defined? Does it make sense to ascribe a value to resilience? What methods and tools exist to determine that value? Which entities are ‘responsible’ for resilience of the electric grid? Is there sufficient coordination and communication among those entities? What existing resilience efforts provide useful models for others to learn from?

    • 51 min
    S6 E2 - Transportation Electrification

    S6 E2 - Transportation Electrification

    The growing movement to electrify our transportation sector is beginning to reshape our economy, the environment and public health. The transportation sector now exceeds the electricity sector in terms of its overall contribution to greenhouse gas pollution, and the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) can reduce tailpipe emissions and clean up the air we breathe. But as we move to electrify vehicles, how do you get help people get over their range anxiety and make EVs more mainstream? What are states doing to lead the charge for EVs? How are federal actions impacting EV market growth? To dig into these and other fascinating topics, Ispeak with two transportation electrification experts, Sara Rafalson, Director of Market Development for EVGo, and Max Baumhefner, Senior Attorney for the Climate and Clean Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    • 45 min
    S6 E1 - New Year New Policies

    S6 E1 - New Year New Policies

    It has been a little over two months since the November 2018 midterm elections and the 116th United States Congress has commenced – with new members in both the Senate and House and a new majority in the House. Across the States and U.S. Territories, there are 20+ new Governors taking office, which means new cabinet appointments and new policy priorities. In addition, numerous new state legislators are taking office and state legislative sessions are getting underway. On today’s episode of Grid Geeks, I talk with three federal and state policy experts about the impacts of the 2018 elections on clean energy policy and what’s on the horizon in 2019. Guests: Steve Koerner, Founder and Principal at Policy Strategy & Insight; Jessica Scott, Senior Director, Interior West for Vote Solar; and, Brad Klein, Senior Attorney with the Environmental Law & Policy Center.

    • 47 min
    S5 E5 - Power Plays: How Policy Moves in California and Washington DC are Changing Energy Markets

    S5 E5 - Power Plays: How Policy Moves in California and Washington DC are Changing Energy Markets

    In this episode of Grid Geeks, we take a closer look at two big policy maneuvers poised to catalyze some potentially major changes in the US energy markets: California’s passage of SB 100, which establishes a 100% carbon-free electricity goal by 2045 and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Affordable Clean Energy Proposal, which is the Trump Administration’s replacement for the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to regulate coal power plant emissions. What do these two concurrent efforts mean for clean energy markets? And what should we expect going forward? I speak with Laura Wisland, Senior Manager of Western States Energy for the Union of Concerned Scientists and Gavin Bade, Senior Reporter for Utility Dive to get more intel on these two power plays and gain insight on what they mean for clean energy, coal and the future of US energy markets.

    • 49 min
    S5 E4 - FERC, NERC and the Frontlines of the Federal Fuel Wars

    S5 E4 - FERC, NERC and the Frontlines of the Federal Fuel Wars

    The debates on bulk-power system reliability, resiliency, and the “federal fuel wars” continue at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (or FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (or NERC). While the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule proposal is getting the headlines, the more behind-the-scenes efforts underway at FERC and NERC continue to shape federal energy policy, energy markets and grid planning. In this episode of Grid Geeks I talk with Ric O’Connell, the Executive Director of Grid Lab, and Mark Ahlstrom, President of the Energy Systems Integration Group, to get the latest updates from the frontlines clean energy policy, including expanding the role of energy storage on the grid, integrating “resilience” into energy markets, and updating NERC reliability standards. Show links and bios are available at: http://www.goodgrid.net/blog

    • 43 min

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