26 episodes

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.

    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.

    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.

    • 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
    How Markets in Asia are Tackling Decarbonization

    How Markets in Asia are Tackling Decarbonization

    The term "energy transition" means different things to different people. In this episode, we focus on how "energy transition" means different things to people from different places. Michael Syn, senior managing director and head of equities at the Singapore Exchange (SGX), joins the show to talk about how markets in Asia are tackling decarbonization and the push to net-zero.

    Often mistaken as just one big market, individual countries and companies across Asia have a very different history with fossil fuels than their counterparts in the US and Europe.  Michael breaks down some of the innovative solutions that are in play across Asia and how global initiatives like the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) can broaden their perspectives to bring more private capital to the sustainable investing market.

    Michael also delves into how SGX helps Singpore lead the way in the push to net-zero by serving as a cutting-edge market for new technologies, financial products, regulatory efforts and education initiatives related to sustainability.

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    • 49 min
    Financing the Energy Transition

    Financing the Energy Transition

    We're baaaaaaack!

    After taking a break at the beginning of this year to recharge after a busy and exciting 2021, we’re ready to dive back into telling you stories about the people, technologies and trends that are powering the energy transition.

    First up is an episode today about money. As in all the money that’s being spent on the energy transition. Joining me is Albert Cheung from BloombergNEF (BNEF) and Danielle Patterson from the law firm of Vinson & Elkins. Both of their organizations recently released reports (see below) about all the capital being poured into the energy transition … where it’s being spent … and who is spending it. We talk about each of those reports and also touch on how events like the war in Ukraine and the recently completed New York Bight offshore wind auction might impact the long-term outlook for renewables.

    BNEF: Energy Transition Investment Trends 2022

    V&E: How Private Capital is Shaping the Energy Evolution

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    We spent a lot of time on the show talking about the technical pieces of it, the wind farms and solar farms, but not as much time talking about who's going to pay for it and how. 

    • 35 min
    Taxes in a Time of Energy Transition

    Taxes in a Time of Energy Transition

    Tax incentives like the Production Tax Credit and the Investment Tax Credit have had a massive impact on the growth of renewables, but the possibility of direct pay also looms on the horizon. Sean Moran, a partner at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins, is here to dive into what lies ahead for the tax side of the renewables industry, particularly as projects expand into the realm of offshore wind.

    More resources

    Offshore Wind — The Current State of Affairs

    Federal Backstop Authority for Transmission Line Siting

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    • 29 min

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