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The Renewable Energy SmartPod offers an inside look at the people, technologies and trends that are powering the energy transition. If you want to hear more about the role renewables are playing to decarbonize the global economy and combat climate change, this is the podcast for you. Follow us on Twitter @RenewablesPod or sign up for our newsletter: Renewable Energy SmartBrief.

Renewable Energy SmartPod Sean McMahon

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The Renewable Energy SmartPod offers an inside look at the people, technologies and trends that are powering the energy transition. If you want to hear more about the role renewables are playing to decarbonize the global economy and combat climate change, this is the podcast for you. Follow us on Twitter @RenewablesPod or sign up for our newsletter: Renewable Energy SmartBrief.

    Ocean-Based Climate Solutions and the Blue Economy

    Ocean-Based Climate Solutions and the Blue Economy

    This episode is all about the "Blue Economy." Jason Busch is the Executive Director of the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust and he joins the show to talk about the many ways the ocean can power a more sustainable future. Offshore wind energy has certainly been in the headlines as of late, so Jason covers that topic, but he also provides an update on other blue technologies. Technologies like wave energy and tidal energy as well as other ocean-based carbon dioxide removal solutions that can help boost the role the ocean already plays in reducing carbon in our atmosphere.  And finally … Jason offers a preview of the agenda for Ocean Energy Week, which is a big conference Jason and the team at POET are helping host next week in Portland, Oregon.

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    Ocean Energy Week 2022

    Pacific Ocean Energy Trust

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    How the Inflation Reduction Act will impact wind, battery and solar markets

    How the Inflation Reduction Act will impact wind, battery and solar markets

    Joseph Triepke and Daniel Cruise from Lium Research join the show to talk about the many ways the Inflation Reduction Act is poised to shape markets for solar, wind and battery storage. Joseph and Daniel will offer their views from more of an investor and financial market intelligence perspective. And speaking of market intel, don’t miss the nugget Joseph and Daniel share about solarSAT, a new data collection platform the team at Lium recently launched. And in this case, when they say launched … they really mean launched!

    More intel from Lium on what the IRA means for utility solar

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    • 29 min
    Tax Incentives and the Inflation Reduction Act

    Tax Incentives and the Inflation Reduction Act

    It's all happening! The U.S. Congress finally took action to try to stem the tide of climate change. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) includes $369 billion of climate and clean energy initiatives -- and tax incentives represent a huge chunk of that amount.

    Lauren Collins, a partner at Vinson & Elkins, joins the show to explain how the plethora of tax incentives in the IRA stand to boost the deployment of renewable energy in the U.S. From Production Tax Credits and Investment Tax Credits to various Bonus Credits and the potential for investment funds and retail investors to start trading in new tax credit markets, Collins covers it all. She also highlights one key area of the energy puzzle that the IRA has unfortunately overlooked.

    Key Highlights

    3:44 - The most important tax aspects of the bill  - PTC, ITC, Standalone Storage, Bonus credits

    6:00 - The new technology neutral credit regime and leveling the playing field for smaller players

    9:09 - Credit flexibility provisions (Direct pay and Transferability)

    12:20 - Bonus credits and "Stacking" (Domestic Content, Energy Community and Low-Income)

    17:10 - Prevailing wage provisions

    19:26 - What about Hydrogen, Nuclear and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS)?

    23:38 - Making room for Manufacturing, Minerals and Mining tax credits

    26:15 - Which aspects of the IRA are overhyped?

    28:21 - A new industry and marketplace for tax credits and tax professionals

    29:30 - The 'missing piece' in the legislation

    30:27 - Which aspects of the legislation are flying under the radar? Transmission misses out

    33:30 - Bold predictions - Credit investment funds enter financial markets ... and so do retail investors!

    More resources from Vinson & Elkins

    Renewable Reboot: A Download on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 – Clean Energy Tax Provisions

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    How companies should prepare for the SEC's climate disclosure rules

    How companies should prepare for the SEC's climate disclosure rules

    While the comment period for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed rule on climate-related disclosure has been extended into June, the proposal offers a solid hint as to how the final rulemaking might take shape. Jamie Gamble, Managing Director at PwC, and Maggie Peloso, Partner at Vinson & Elkins, join the show to dig into the details of the proposed rule and offer tips on what companies should be doing now … yes, right now … to prepare for the final rulemaking.

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    Key Talking Points:
    What are the basics of the proposed rule (1:35)
    Breaking down Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions (2:17)
    The SEC departs a bit from “materiality” (3:02)
    Key nuggets of the proposed rule (4:31)
    Important things companies should be doing NOW to prepare (5:59)
    The challenge of reporting physical climate risk (7:59)
    Data, data and more data (9:50)
    The proposal is about more than just greenhouse gas emissions (11:47)
    A closer look at Scope 3 (13:08)
    The role shareholders might play in shaping the future ‘materiality’ (19:39)
    Will this rule cause companies to shy away from setting Scope 3 goals? (20:27)
    Navigating a new form of ‘vendor risk’ (22:34)
    Why planning ahead for this reporting matters (25:48)
    Will this rule change the makeup of individual boards? (29:40)
    More resources from Vinson & Elkins
    Proposed SEC Climate Disclosures: What’s happening and what are the implications for companies?
    The SEC’s Climate-Disclosures Proposed Rule – Eight Key Takeaways
    More resources from PwC
    SEC Climate Risk Disclosures: What it means for companies and what business leaders should do next
    The SEC wants me to disclose what? The SEC’s climate disclosure proposal

    • 32 min
    Does Cryptocurrency Mining Actually Need To Be Cleaned Up?

    Does Cryptocurrency Mining Actually Need To Be Cleaned Up?

    John Belizaire, the founder and CEO of Soluna Computing, joins the show to do a deep dive on how cryptocurrency mining and blockchain platforms impact the grid. You’ve probably seen the headlines and the narrative is that the computing power required to run these technologies places a huge strain on the grid. Well, John recently testified before Congress on the topic of cleaning up crypto mining and the energy impact of blockchains …  and his opinion might surprise you. In fact, his viewpoint turns that narrative on its head.

    John also discusses how sustainable computing is becoming yet another tool renewables developers and utilities can use to enhance grid resiliency and improve the financial performance of power generation projects. In short, John believes computing can become part of the grid … rather than just something that demands power from the grid. 
    Highlights:

    (2:02) - Why the narrative around cryptocurrency mining is wrong.

    (6:22) - The debate around 'proof of work' versus 'proof of stake'

    (10:47) - On testifying before the US Congress.

    (16:00) - How renewables and cryptocurrency mining can help power each other.

    (20:40) - How computing can become part of the grid.

    (23:21) - The intersection of sustainable computing and battery storage.

    (27:24) - John's bold predictions.


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    • 32 min
    A Bright Future For Battery Swapping

    A Bright Future For Battery Swapping

    Horace Luke, the Founder and CEO of Gogoro, has a vision. It's a vision that involves tackling a huge energy challenge the transportation sector is facing. While companies like Tesla, Rivian and BYD are electrifying four-wheel vehicles, less attention is being paid to electrifying two-wheel vehicles. That's where Luke sees opportunity because two-wheelers account for billions of commuter miles around the world every year.

    In this episode, Luke explains the basics of battery swapping and outlines how Gogoro's network of charging stations is revolutionizing urban transportation. However, Gogoro's platform doesn't just change how riders get from Point A to Point B, it also works to enhance grid resiliency by working with power companies to manage two-way load.

    Luke also sees a use for Gogoro's batteries beyond vehicles. From stoplights and parking meters to in-home use and glamping, Luke sees a wide range of sustainable uses for batteries. Luke isn't the only one who sees opportunity in the lanes Gogoro is occupying as the company recently went public on the NASDAQ after receiving early backing from the likes of Al Gore, Temasek and Engine No. 1.


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    • 40 min

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