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In Season 3 of The Clean Energy Revolution, Laura Young and Dr. Carolyn Kissane explore the people, policies and projects that are leading the transition to clean energy.

How can infrastructure around the world be upgraded to keep up with energy demand? What needs to happen to triple global renewable energy generation? Where and how will AI be best deployed?

Delving into these questions and more are Laura Young, aka Less Waste Laura - an award-winning climate activist, environmental scientist and ethical influencer - and Dr. Carolyn Kissane, Associate Dean of the graduate programs in Global Affairs and Global Security, Conflict and Cybercrime at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU, and Founding Director of the Energy, Climate Justice & Sustainability Lab.

Accompanied by expert guests, they’ll take a look at the challenges and opportunities associated with renewable energy, including the impact on people and communities, how to make sure everyone benefits from the clean energy transition and what businesses can do – and are doing - to lead the way.

National Grid sits at the heart of the clean energy transition, helping the UK and US to reach net zero carbon emissions by operating and investing in large-scale energy projects, technologies and partnerships on the journey to a cleaner, greener future.

Join The Clean Energy Revolution today. Visit nationalgrid.com to catch up on past episodes and stay informed about the latest in clean energy.

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In Season 3 of The Clean Energy Revolution, Laura Young and Dr. Carolyn Kissane explore the people, policies and projects that are leading the transition to clean energy.

How can infrastructure around the world be upgraded to keep up with energy demand? What needs to happen to triple global renewable energy generation? Where and how will AI be best deployed?

Delving into these questions and more are Laura Young, aka Less Waste Laura - an award-winning climate activist, environmental scientist and ethical influencer - and Dr. Carolyn Kissane, Associate Dean of the graduate programs in Global Affairs and Global Security, Conflict and Cybercrime at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU, and Founding Director of the Energy, Climate Justice & Sustainability Lab.

Accompanied by expert guests, they’ll take a look at the challenges and opportunities associated with renewable energy, including the impact on people and communities, how to make sure everyone benefits from the clean energy transition and what businesses can do – and are doing - to lead the way.

National Grid sits at the heart of the clean energy transition, helping the UK and US to reach net zero carbon emissions by operating and investing in large-scale energy projects, technologies and partnerships on the journey to a cleaner, greener future.

Join The Clean Energy Revolution today. Visit nationalgrid.com to catch up on past episodes and stay informed about the latest in clean energy.

    Solar power’s next frontier: innovations from earth to space

    Solar power’s next frontier: innovations from earth to space

    In 1990, in an episode of The Simpsons, the family are sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Homer gives thanks to nuclear power: ‘the cleanest, safest energy source there is’. He then adds, ‘except for solar - which is just a pipe dream.’
    Despite the irony in the statement, over 30 years later it’s safe to say solar is very much not just a pipe dream. In the US alone, solar capacity has increased by 51% from 2022 to 2023. 32.4 GW of new capacity was installed in 2023. New materials such as perovskite cells are driving record efficiencies, and investment is flowing into the sector thanks to incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act.
    Carolyn and Laura explore the role of solar in the Clean Energy Revolution, looking at the technology and policy that’s driving growth.
    Becca Jones-Albertus, head of the Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office, speaks with Carolyn about the ongoing advancements in solar in the US. Costs are down and efficiency is up. The potential is there for solar to boost its contribution to US energy generation from 6% to over 40%.
    Meanwhile, Laura looks beyond the limits of land-based solar power as she chats to Sam Adlen, CEO of UK-based firm Space Spolar. As the name suggests, they’re developing solutions to space-based solar power; a UK government grant is funding their research into the possibilities for harnessing solar energy in space and sending it back to earth. How realistic is it?
    Plus, the latest technologies in solar are explored with Jonathan Gifford, Editor at Large at pv magazine. He tells Laura about ‘floatovoltaics’, solar panels installed on lakes and reservoirs. Where land is scare, they’re an innovative solution. The water helps regulate the temperature of the cells, which naturally lose efficiency the more they heat up. Combining floating solar with hydroelectric dams is another innovation: these hybrid systems produce more electricity and can even store the potential energy in the form of water.
    The potential for solar power goes beyond panels on roofs, and certainly beyond just a pipe dream.

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    Powering the world with wind: just how close are we?

    Powering the world with wind: just how close are we?

    The Global Wind Energy Council forecasts that, with sustained policy support and investment, global wind capacity could reach 2,000 GW by 2030. This would be a significant contribution to net zero goals, so what does this sustained policy support look like? Where does the investment need to go, and where are we seeing innovation in the sector?  
    On The Clean Energy Revolution, Carolyn and Laura explore the policy, technological advancements, investment needs, and the pivotal role of international cooperation in developing wind power. 
    Laura is in Bilbao at the WindEurope annual conference. WindEurope, formerly the European Wind Energy Association, represents manufacturers, suppliers, utilities, developers and research institutes to develop and advocate for wind power in Europe. Giles Dickson is CEO, and he joins Laura as the conference gets underway. Together they highlight the role of the North Sea as a pivotal energy hub for Europe, as Giles talks about the need for increased cooperation among North Sea bordering countries to maximize the region's wind energy potential. What does the wind sector look like on the East side of the Atlantic? 
    Meanwhile, Carolyn is in New York, with Will Hazelip, President of National Grid Ventures for the U.S. Northeast, to discuss the outlook for wind power in the region. Wind power in the US has seen substantial growth in the last two decades; 6 terawatt-hours in 2000 to 434 in 2022. What’s the potential for growth over the next decade, and beyond? Major projects such as South Fork Wind Farm and Vineyard Wind show the scale of ambition in the north-east, and the progress that’s being made to the 30GW target for 2030 set by the Biden administration. Carolyn and Will examine the state cooperation and policy support for offshore wind projects – projects that are perfectly placed to provide New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC with firm, reliable clean energy. 
    As of the end of 2022, the UK's offshore wind capacity stood at over 10 GW, contributing significantly to the country's renewable energy mix. The UK government aims to add an extra 40 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 to meet increasing electricity demands and sustainability goals. Across Europe, the goal is 300 GW by 2030. 
    The main talking points to come out of the WindEurope event, as Laura explains, are the complexities of scaling wind energy, the necessity of robust commercial frameworks, the impact of NIMBYism, and the crucial aspect of community engagement in wind projects.
    Katie Jackson, President of NGV, and Matt Hinde, Head of European Affairs, also join this episode to explore these key points: the critical need for substantial investment and development in wind energy to meet future electricity demands, the importance of state cooperation and international collaboration to harness wind power effectively, and the significant challenges posed by supply chain issues, regulatory hurdles, and community opposition.

    • 37 min
    Harnessing an increased supply of renewable energy

    Harnessing an increased supply of renewable energy

    This year will see a significant milestone: renewable sources are poised to constitute over a third of global electricity generation, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). 
    With the ambitious pledge set out at COP28 - to triple renewable capacity by 2030 - still high on the agenda of global energy policy, much focus is on the capability of electricity grids to deliver on increased demand. What infrastructural and regulatory frameworks need updating as we move toward 50% renewable generation, and towards the ultimate goal of 100%? As electrification increases, a modern grid is essential to handle the load.
    So how can countries continue the significant progress that’s already been made in increasing renewable generation, and evolve our grids for the future?
    In this episode, Laura and Carolyn are joined by National Grid’s Reihaneh Irani-Famili (VP capital delivery, project management and construction) and Sara Habib (Head of future price controls) to discuss the tripling of renewable energy generation. How will it happen and how do make sure the grids can cope?
    China's huge solar deployment has created competition globally in manufacturing as well as research and development, so the discussion naturally revolves around policy planning in the UK and US, grid modernisation and the balance between energy security, affordability and decarbonisation. 
    What are the plans to modernise the grid to keep up with forecasted clean energy demand? Find out on The Clean Energy Revolution.
    Discover more about National Grid at www.nationalgrid.com

    • 38 min
    Three big predictions for energy in 2024

    Three big predictions for energy in 2024

    It's going to be a significant year for clean energy.
    In 2024, countries are expected to update or submit new nationally determined contributions - their commitments to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The International Energy Agency has highlighted the need for significant increases in renewable energy deployment to meet these climate goals, projecting that renewable power capacity must double by 2030. This means an annual increase of around 300 GW over the next decade, compared to 2020's record of 250 GW of added renewable energy capacity. All this against a backdrop of pivotal elections around the world which will have a major impact on energy policy.
    So what needs to happen this year to keep us track for net zero?
    Laura and Carolyn get season 3 of the Clean Energy Revolution underway by making three bold predictions for the year in energy. The pledges made at COP28 last year are still a major focus, with the UAE's $30 billion fund to support climate-friendly projects worldwide and a commitment to triple renewable generation by 2030 standing out. National Grid delegates also gave us their predictions while in Dubai, and Laura and Carolyn analyse these at the end of the show.

    What else can we expect from the year? Find out on The Clean Energy Revolution.
    Discover more about National Grid at www.nationalgrid.com

    • 28 min
    The Clean Energy Revolution - Introducing Season 3

    The Clean Energy Revolution - Introducing Season 3

    Welcome to a new season of The Clean Energy Revolution.
    Dr Carolyn Kissane and Laura Young explore the people, policy and projects that are having the biggest impact on tackling climate change.
    How can infrastructure around the world be upgraded to keep up with energy demand? What needs to happen to triple global renewable energy generation? Where and how will AI be best deployed?
    Laura Young, aka Less Waste Laura is an award-winning climate activist, environmental scientist and ethical influencer. Dr. Carolyn Kissane is Associate Dean of the graduate programs in Global Affairs and Global Security, Conflict and Cybercrime at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU, and Founding Director of the Energy, Climate Justice & Sustainability Lab.
    Accompanied by expert guests, they’ll take a look at the challenges and opportunities associated with renewable energy, including the impact on people and communities, how to make sure everyone benefits from the clean energy transition and what businesses can do – and are doing - to lead the way.

    • 1 min
    How is the clean energy transition creating jobs of the future?

    How is the clean energy transition creating jobs of the future?

    The transition to cleaner, greener energy means that big changes are needed to the infrastructure that keeps it flowing to our homes and businesses. So how are these changes making a difference to the workforce of today - and of tomorrow?

    In this episode of The Clean Energy Revolution, Max finds out about:


    New York’s Community Offshore Wind project, which could create up to 10,000 new jobs in the Northeast US.
    The innovation needed to ‘upgrade’ the UK’s electricity grid, and how it will lead to new ways of working in a digital age.
    Why a huge range of skills and roles - not just engineering and construction - will be essential for a successful energy transition and a cleaner future.


    Discover more about National Grid at www.nationalgrid.com

    The views expressed in this podcast are those of the participants and not of National Grid.

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