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Fresh Energy is speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy, which will ensure that our region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving communities today and for generations to come. Working purely in the public interest, Fresh Energy’s team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators develops and advances solutions that secure a clean energy future where all can thrive. Sign up for our monthly listserv focused on clean energy issues in Minnesota here: https://fresh-energy.org/

Decarbonize: The Clean Energy Podcast Fresh Energy

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Fresh Energy is speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy, which will ensure that our region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving communities today and for generations to come. Working purely in the public interest, Fresh Energy’s team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators develops and advances solutions that secure a clean energy future where all can thrive. Sign up for our monthly listserv focused on clean energy issues in Minnesota here: https://fresh-energy.org/

    EV Exclusive: Q&A with Minnesotans who drive electric vehicles.

    EV Exclusive: Q&A with Minnesotans who drive electric vehicles.

    Electric vehicles (EVs) are cleaner and more affordable than gasoline-powered cars—and they’re fun too.

    On April 29, 2021, Fresh Energy and Shift2 Electric hosted a free educational workshop that’s unaffiliated with any automakers. We had an honest conversation with Minnesotans across the state who own and drive EVs about their experiences.

    Listen in for a conversation with Shift2Electric's Jukka Kukkonen and panelists:
    Lisa, Kia Niro PHEVJodi, 2013 Nissan LeafBrian and Karen, Tesla Model Y and Chevrolet BoltHeather, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (PHEV)Listeners can stay up to date on Fresh Energy's work via our once monthly email list, blog at www.fresh-energy.org, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You can support Fresh Energy’s work for a clean energy Minnesota by making a donation today!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Reckoning in Coal Country: Facing the future in Wyoming and Appalachia

    Reckoning in Coal Country: Facing the future in Wyoming and Appalachia

    Appalachia and Wyoming are dramatically different places, but they also offer each other cautionary tales, success stories, and reasons for resilience and hope. Last year, the Energy News Network and WyoFile captured this complex story in a six-part investigative series, Reckoning in Coal County, now available as an ebook or paperback.

    Fresh Energy, Energy News Network, and WyoFile hosted this virtual panel discussion on April 22, 2021. Throughout the conversation, we explore the cultural, political, and economic obstacles faced by rural communities hoping to survive and thrive in a world without coal.

    Featuring:
    Mason Adams, journalist, Floyd County, Virginia
    Shannon Anderson, Powder River Basin Resource Council, Wyoming
    Heidi Binko, Just Transition Fund, Virginia
    Dustin Bleizeffer, journalist, Casper, Wyoming

    Moderator:
    Ken Paulman, Senior Director, Energy News Network

    Listeners can stay up to date on Fresh Energy's work via our once monthly email list, blog at www.fresh-energy.org, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You can support Fresh Energy’s work for a clean energy Minnesota by making a donation today!

    Stay informed on what's happening regionally and nationally in the transition to clean energy with the Energy NewsNetwork.  Subscribe to the Energy News Network's daily email digests and original reporting, covering the U.S., the Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, and Western regions. Support ENN's work with a donation. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Legislative Update: Energy and climate as session approaches the finish line.

    Legislative Update: Energy and climate as session approaches the finish line.

    The 2021 session of the Minnesota Legislature is in its final month. Join the Fresh Energy team for a conversation about meaningful action for clean energy and climate that legislators can take yet this session. Learn what's still on the table and who they would draft for Fresh Energy's imaginary baseball team. 

    Guests:
    Michael Noble, Executive Director of Fresh EnergyJustin Fay, Lead Director of Public Affairs at Fresh Energy Anna Johnson, Senior Associate of Public Affairs at Fresh Energy Topics: 
    ECO ActNatural Gas Innovation ActBuilding decarbonizaton"Rebuild Right" grant program100% Carbon Free ElectricityClean Cars MinnesotaWhite House's American Jobs Planand more! 
    Listeners can stay up to date on our work via our once monthly email list, blog at www.fresh-energy.org, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You can support Fresh Energy’s work for a clean energy Minnesota by making a donation today!

    • 47 min
    Moving Toward a Clean Energy Future: A conversation with U.S. Senator Tina Smith, Paul Douglas, and more.

    Moving Toward a Clean Energy Future: A conversation with U.S. Senator Tina Smith, Paul Douglas, and more.

    On April 9, 2021, Fresh Energy's J. Drake Hamilton and Ben Passer were joined by U.S. Senator Tina Smith, meteorologist and climate leader Paul Douglas, and Science Museum of Minnesota President Alison Brown for a discussion about why acting now on climate is critical and how climate action can present economic opportunity for Minnesota.

    With a new President and a new Congress, we have reason to be optimistic that the country can take real climate action. Congress needs to step up in this moment and pass meaningful climate and infrastructure legislation. At a time when we are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a tremendous opportunity for a climate and infrastructure package to deliver good paying clean energy jobs.

    U.S. Senator Tina Smith is pushing for the climate and infrastructure package to include a Clean Electricity Standard (CES) to aggressively reduce carbon emissions from the electricity sector. As the CES leader in the U.S. Senate, Senator Smith has seen how CESs have proven successful in many states – and hopefully Minnesota will soon join that list!

    A technology neutral CES is crucial to driving a rapid, cost-effective clean energy transition while also putting the United States at the forefront of technology innovation. Minnesotans know that clean energy is key to our economic future. Before the pandemic, clean energy jobs were growing 2.5 times faster than overall job growth in the state – and that’s just the beginning.

    Thank you to our partners Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM), LIUNA, and the 100% Campaign for helping spread the word about this event.

    Listeners can stay up to date on our work via our once monthly email list, blog at www.fresh-energy.org, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You can support Fresh Energy’s work for a clean energy Minnesota by making a donation today!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Deep Dive Into Xcel's Integrated Resource Plan with Allen Gleckner and Ben Passer

    Deep Dive Into Xcel's Integrated Resource Plan with Allen Gleckner and Ben Passer

    Fresh Energy, along with Clean Grid Alliance, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, has filed expert comments with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Xcel Energy's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

    Join Fresh Energy's Allen Gleckner, Lead Director of Clean Electricity, and Ben Passer, Lead Director of Energy Access and Equity for a conversation about our comments on the Xcel IRP. We'll discuss both the good and the bad, including Xcel's plans for increased renewables, energy efficiency, a new fossil gas plant, the future of the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant, and more.

    Listeners can stay up to date on our work via our once monthly email list, blog at www.fresh-energy.org, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You can support Fresh Energy’s work for a clean energy Minnesota by making a donation today!

    • 32 min
    The Paris Climate Agreement and Minnesota Leadership, with J. Drake Hamilton, Sen. Nick Frentz and Rep. Jamie Long

    The Paris Climate Agreement and Minnesota Leadership, with J. Drake Hamilton, Sen. Nick Frentz and Rep. Jamie Long

    What does rejoining the Paris Agreement really mean for the U.S., the Midwest, and for Minnesota? What can we do to take this moment and make a real impact with big carbon reduction policies? Minnesota’s energy and climate policies, including passing...

    • 39 min

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