13 episodes

Electrify This! explores the movement to electrify everything as a core strategy to decarbonize and revitalize all sectors of our economy. Featuring diverse experts, the show examines the most important policy, regulatory, and market issues surrounding electrification of transportation, buildings, and industry. Electrify This! helps demystify issues surrounding the transition to 100 percent clean electricity, and focuses on the challenges, scalable solutions, and what decision-makers can do to ensure the movement to electrify is equitable for all. Electrify This! is an Energy Innovation original podcast and is hosted by Electrification Policy Director, Sara Baldwin (former host of Grid Geeks podcast).

Electrify This‪!‬ Sara Baldwin, Energy Innovation, LLC

    • Government
    • 4.7 • 17 Ratings

Electrify This! explores the movement to electrify everything as a core strategy to decarbonize and revitalize all sectors of our economy. Featuring diverse experts, the show examines the most important policy, regulatory, and market issues surrounding electrification of transportation, buildings, and industry. Electrify This! helps demystify issues surrounding the transition to 100 percent clean electricity, and focuses on the challenges, scalable solutions, and what decision-makers can do to ensure the movement to electrify is equitable for all. Electrify This! is an Energy Innovation original podcast and is hosted by Electrification Policy Director, Sara Baldwin (former host of Grid Geeks podcast).

    That’s A Wrap! 2021 Reflections and 2022 Predictions with Three Electrification Dynamos

    That’s A Wrap! 2021 Reflections and 2022 Predictions with Three Electrification Dynamos

    An all-star line-up closes out the year with reflections on 2021 and predictions for 2022. Host Sara Baldwin speaks with electrify everything pioneer Saul Griffith, policy expert and former Energy Gang podcast co-host Katherine Hamilton, and leading climate and clean energy commentator David Roberts. Tune in to hear three electrification dynamos recap 2021’s biggest developments in the transition from fossil to clean electricity, share the latest scoop on the Build Back Better Act, and predict what’s in store for electrification in 2022. 

    Guests:
    Saul Griffith is an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and author of the book Electrify: An Optimist's Playbook for Our Clean Energy Future. Saul is the founder and chief scientist at Otherlab, an independent R&D lab that helps government agencies and Fortune 500 companies understand energy infrastructure and deep decarbonization. He is also the founder and chief scientist at Rewiring America, a nonprofit dedicated to decarbonizing America by electrifying everything. Prior to pursuing his passion for electrification, Saul led research projects for the likes of NASA, the National Science Foundation and U.S. Special Operations Command, among others, and he has founded and co-founded numerous technology companies. He completed his PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004 and was a recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant” in 2007.
    Katherine Hamilton is the Chair of 38 North Solutions, a clean energy public policy consultancy with expertise in state, federal, and international markets. Katherine is currently the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Electrification. Katherine has served as President of the GridWise Alliance, policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., buildings research lead for National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and engineer at Virginia Power. She studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. Katherine was an original and longtime host of The Energy Gang podcast. 
    David Roberts is a writer and owner of Volts, a newsletter on clean energy and politics featuring in-depth analysis of the latest research, technologies, policies, and the social and political forces shaping the clean energy transition. David has had a long career as a journalist, writing five years for Vox, ten years for Grist. He’s also written for publications like Outside magazine and appeared on a variety of TV shows, radio programs, and podcasts. 
    To Dig in Deeper, Check out these Must-Read Resources:
    Rewiring AmericaElectrify: An Optimist's Playbook for Our Clean Energy FutureThe Other Lab38 North SolutionsWorld Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean ElectrificationVoltsIthaca becomes the first city in the U.S. to try and electrify all buildings

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Changing the Way We Build with Electrified Construction

    Changing the Way We Build with Electrified Construction

    The landmark $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will restore and expand the United States infrastructure. From improving roads, bridges, and rail, to expanding electric vehicle charging, to developing a more resilient grid and more efficient buildings, or to ensuring clean drinking water for all—this historic investment will spur construction in nearly every community in America. But it’s also a tremendous opportunity to reconsider how we build. Since the majority of construction equipment rely on fossil fuels, this sector is ripe for innovations that address climate change and air pollution. A new movement, led by several cities around the world, including Oslo, Norway, is underway to create a market for climate-friendly construction practices like electrified equipment. In this episode of Electrify This!, three experts discuss the global effort to scale clean, electrified construction. Learn how governments, the private sector, and NGOs are working collaboratively to create greater demand for electrified equipment, and hear insights into how these technologies could revolutionize the way we build.

    Guests: 
    Heidi Sørensen, is the Director of the Climate Agency for the City of Oslo. She was elected to the Parliament of Norway from Oslo in 2001, and went on to become the State Secretary to the Minister of the Environment between 2007-2012. She has also served as a member of the Norwegian Consumer Council, the Norwegian Board of Technology, the board of the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.
    Nils-Olav Haukaas is a senior consultant with CEPartnersAS and represents Nasta AS. For nearly three decades has been working in commercial sales and marketing of construction machines and mining machines. Nasta AS has represented Hitachi Construction Machines since 1982. He has also worked in health and safety, product compliance, risk assessments. He has also served on a Norwegian Committee on Zero Emission building and constructions sites and a Zero Emission Digger construction site.
    Marta Lovisolo, is a Junior Policy Analyst at Bellona Europa in Brussels. Bellona is a climate NGO with headquarters in Norway and offices across several European countries. After supporting the city of Oslo in running the first zero emissions construction site in the world, Bellona is now disseminating the Norwegian experience to European cities and countries, as well as the the E.U.

    To Dig in Deeper, Check out these Must-Read Resources:
    Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction: 2018 Global Status ReportCalifornia Air Resources Board Strategies for Reducing Emissions from Off-Road Construction Equipment“Electric Dreams: Will Heavy Construction Equipment Go All-Electric” Construct Connect How Oslo is driving a transition to clean construction, C40 KnowledgeBellona

    • 47 min
    Now We're Cooking With...Electricity!

    Now We're Cooking With...Electricity!

    Once considered a status symbol, gas stoves have become a popular choice for amateur and professional chefs alike. More than a third of U.S. households cook with gas and 50% of single-family homes now feature gas stoves. Yet, when it comes to climate stability, air quality, and our health, gas stoves have serious impacts. Gas stoves emit the same fumes found in car exhaust, and gas consumption in buildings is a significant contributor to climate change. But it is possible to cook dinner without cooking the planet: 60% of U.S. households are already using electricity to cook and newer induction technologies are gaining popularity. Still, market and policy changes are needed to make electricity the preferred choice. This episode features a pediatrician, a professional chef, and a real estate agent discussing the perils of gas stoves and the pioneering movement to clean up our kitchens.
    Guests:
    Dr. Lisa Patel is a pediatrician and an advocate for children's health priorities. She was the co-chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Advocacy Committee, California Chapter, co-founder the Climate and Health task force, and Director for the pediatric resident's Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy Rotation. Today she is the Co-Director for Stanford's Climate, Health, and Equity Task Force at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research. She holds degrees from Stanford, Yale, and John Hopkins University. 
    Chef Rachelle Boucher is a national cooking appliance trainer, private chef, influencer and event expert with 20+ years of experience. She's worked as a private chef for celebrities and athletes, a corporate chef, and a home appliance expert and consultant with Monark Home, Sub-Zero & Wolf, and Miele. Today, Rachelle's new venture “Kitchens to Life”  focuses on kitchen electrification for performance, people and planet. 
    Annie Trujillo is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Real Estate, based in Salt Lake City. In 2020 she was the third individual agent in her office and made the Top 500 Realtors in Utah list. Previously, Annie had an illustrious ten-year career working as a mountain guide, leading expeditions in remote areas from Greenland to Alaska. She holds a degree from San Francisco State University. 
    Must-Read Resources:
    Kitchens to Life | Yale Appliance Induction Cooking Buying Guide & Yale Appliance Electric Cooking Buying Guide
    Gas Stoves: Health and Air Quality Impacts and Solutions, RMI 
    We need to talk about your gas stove, your health and climate change, NPR
    How the Fossil Fuel Industry Convinced Americans to Love Gas Stoves, Mother Jones

    • 47 min
    Farewell Fossil Gas, Hello Better Buildings: A Building Electrification Status Update

    Farewell Fossil Gas, Hello Better Buildings: A Building Electrification Status Update

    With more than 100 million housing units and commercial buildings burning fossil fuels for space or water heating or for cooking across the United States, our building sector needs a major retrofit. Buildings cause 13 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, and every new fossil-fueled appliance or structure locks in higher emissions and costs for decades to come – not to mention serious health impacts from burning fuels indoors. To reach net-zero by 2050, we must electrify all new buildings by 2025 and all new building equipment by 2030. So how do we do this? Where is it happening? Who is leading and who is stalling? On this episode of Electrify This!, host Sara Baldwin speaks with building electrification experts to discuss efforts underway to get gas out of buildings and switch to clean electricity, including city leadership and California’s new, landmark 2022 Energy Code.
    Guests:
    Denise Grab, Manager, Carbon-Free Buildings, RMI.  Denise works to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in the West and across the U.S., and she brings over a decade of experience in advancing clean energy, climate, and clean air policy and law throughout the country. Prior to RMI, she served as the Western Regional Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law, an associate at a major law firm, and a law clerk for a federal district court judge. Denise obtained a JD from Yale Law School, a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a BS  with highest honors in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. 
    Tyler Poulson, Deputy Director, Building Electrification Institute (BEI). BEI equips cities across North America with the knowledge, tools and resources needed to accelerate the transition of building systems away from fossil fuels and towards high efficiency electric options. Tyler focuses on helping cities develop critical state and utility partnerships while advancing policies that will accelerate building electrification across their regions. Tyler previously focused on clean energy and climate change solutions in local government sustainability offices for Salt Lake City and Park City, UT. He has past experience in the finance sector and a Masters in Economics from the University of Utah. 
    To Dig in Deeper, Check out these Must-Read Resources:
    Building Electrification Institute Building Electrification Institute | City Playbooks for the Equitable Electrification of Multifamily Buildings RMIRMI | Gas Stoves: Health and Air Quality Impacts and SolutionsRMI | Regulatory Solutions for Building DecarbonizationBuilding Energy Exchange | Low Carbon Multifamily Retrofit PlaybooksCity and County of Denver | Renewable Heating and Cooling PlanBuilding Decarbonization Coalition | The Flipside Report: A White Paper on Targeted Geographic Electrification in California's Gas Transition  

    • 56 min
    The Road to Clean, Electrified Transportation: State and Federal Pathways (Part 3 of 3)

    The Road to Clean, Electrified Transportation: State and Federal Pathways (Part 3 of 3)

    The climate, public health, and jobs benefits of electric vehicles are clear, but how do we get to a highly electrified transportation future when internal combustion engines still dominate the market today? To reap these benefits, we need a smart combination of federal and state actions to pave the way. In this final episode of our 3-part transportation series, host Sara Baldwin speaks with Margo Oge, former Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to learn more about the critical role of the EPA in setting tailpipe emission standards nationally. And, we hear from Anjali Bains, Senior Transportation Manager at Fresh Energy, who shares the full story of how Minnesota became the 15th state (and first Midwest state) to adopt a clean cars standard. Tune in to learn more about viable pathways and strategies to avoid blockades on the road to a clean, electrified transportation future. 
    Guest Bios:
    Margo Oge, Chair of the International Council on Clean Transportation Board of Directors and the former Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Margo had a 32-year career with the EPA, and during her 18-year tenure as Director, she was the chief architect of numerous programs that reduced emissions from gasoline and diesel-fueled automobiles, trucks, buses, and off-road vehicles by up to 99 percent. She led the EPA's development of the first-ever national greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and heavy-duty trucks and helped establish the Renewable Fuels Standard, among other accomplishments. She is a Distinguished Fellow with the ClimateWorks Foundation, a member of the Volkswagen Group’s International Sustainability Council, member of the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the US Global Change Research Program.
    Anjali Bains, Senior Clean Transportation Manager at Fresh Energy, a Saint-Paul based clean energy & climate nonprofit advocating for policies to accelerate Minnesota’s transition to a zero-emissions economy by 2050. At Fresh Energy, Anjali leads the electric transportation program, advocating in the state legislature, regulatory arenas, and other decision-making bodies as a technical expert in issues ranging from clean car standards and to utility EV programs.  
    To Dig in Deeper, Check out these Must-Read Resources:
    ·      Fresh Energy, Transportation Program
    ·      Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Rulemaking: Clean Cars Minnesota
    ·      State judge Oks ‘clean cars’ plan, MPR News
    ·      Minnesota Advances to Become First Midwest Clean Cars State, NRDC
    ·      Emissions Standards Reference Guide for On-road and Nonroad Vehicles and Engines
    ·      U.S. EPA Transportation: Mobile Sources, website

    • 56 min
    Accelerating Clean, Electrified Transportation and a Clean Grid by 2035 (Part 2 of 3)

    Accelerating Clean, Electrified Transportation and a Clean Grid by 2035 (Part 2 of 3)

    We have the technology needed to drive the clean energy future, but what policies must we adopt now to actually reach that goal? In part two of our three-part series on electrifying transportation, host Sara Baldwin speaks with electric vehicle and electricity policy experts to explore the most critical policies needed for an all-electric transportation transition that also helps achieve a carbon-free grid within 15 years. We dive into the current state of play of federal EV and charging infrastructure policies, a federal clean electricity standard, policies to enhance America’s economic competitiveness, and approaches to ensure an equitable transition. You won’t want to miss this inside scoop on America’s clean energy policy landscape!
    Dr. Kelly Fleming, Ph.D., Policy Director at Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA). Prior to joining ZETA, Kelly was a research and policy analyst at the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy at University of California, Davis. She also received the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship where she served at the Department of Energy. She holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington and B.S. from the Colorado School of Mines, all in Chemical Engineering. 
    Mike O’Boyle, Director of Electricity Policy at Energy Innovation, directs the firm’s Power Sector Transformation program, working with policymakers, advocates, and others on policy and technology solutions for a clean, reliable, and affordable U.S. electricity system. Mike has co-authored foundational reports including Coal Cost Crossover 2.0, 2030 Report: Powering America’s Clean Economy, and A National Clean Electricity Standard to Benefit All Americans. Mike graduated cum laude from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he focused on energy and international law. He also has a B.A from Vanderbilt University.  
    To Dig in Deeper, Check out these Must-Read Resources:
    Zero Emission Transportation Association Policy Platform (Zero Emission Transportation Association)2035 Report 2.0: Plummeting Costs and Dramatic Improvements in Batteries Can Accelerate Our Clean Transportation Future (University of California, Berkeley, GridLab, and Energy Innovation, April 2021)Accelerating Clean, Electrified Transportation by 2035: Policy Priorities: A 2035 2.0 Companion Report(Energy Innovation and Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, April 2021)2030 Report: Powering America’s Clean Economy (Energy Innovation)A National Clean Electricity Standard to Benefit All Americans (Energy Innovation) 

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

C Bear Diaz ,

A Must Listen To!

Whether you are a expert or student who is interested to learn more about the path to listen to electrification, this is the podcast for you!

fishyrainn ,

Very informative and easy to follow

The perfect podcast for new learners in the sector as well as more experienced people as well in order to grasp the current conversations in the industry!

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