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Looking to understand the fast-changing world of energy? Every week, we debate and discuss the latest trends in energy, cleantech, renewables, and the environment. Join us as we explore the forces transforming energy markets in America and around the world.

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Looking to understand the fast-changing world of energy? Every week, we debate and discuss the latest trends in energy, cleantech, renewables, and the environment. Join us as we explore the forces transforming energy markets in America and around the world.

    What Are ‘Transformational’ Utilities Doing Right?

    What Are ‘Transformational’ Utilities Doing Right?

    First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then they transform?

    This week: a look at some positive trends guiding the utility sector. What are power providers that are leading the energy transition doing right?

    We’re joined by Julia Hamm, the president and CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance.

    We’re talking about SEPA’s 2021 utility transformation profile -- a survey and ranking system of over 130 electric utilities in the US.

    There are thousands of power companies. That means different flavors of corporate goals, management styles, and approaches to building clean energy. Julia’s going to help us understand what they are.

    Why is utility progress more like “change management” than traditional Silicon Valley-style disruption? 

    Then: how utilities will benefit from Biden’s big infrastructure push.

    Plus, the solar census: what will job growth look like in a post-pandemic world?

    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Aurora Solar. Join Aurora on June 8th and 9th for the second annual virtual summit. Hear from, and interact with, industry leaders, policy makers, sales experts, and more. Get your questions ready, and save your spot by registering now.

    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Enel X, a leader in energy storage, DER management software, and smart electric vehicle charging stations to increase project value. Learn what Enel X can do for your business. 

    Is Offshore Wind *Finally* Coming to America?

    Is Offshore Wind *Finally* Coming to America?

    The lack of progress on offshore wind in America is one of the most baffling and frustrating stories in energy. 

    The technology and resource availability are tremendous. Europe has de-risked the technology and proven it can be deployed at scale, and at low cost, with minimal disruption. U.S. states are setting big targets. And at a national-scale, people want it.

    And yet, we have not been able to get any meaningful amounts of offshore wind capacity in the water. 

    That may be about to change. In late March, the Biden team said it plans to accelerate offshore wind development -- with a goal of getting 30 gigawatts of projects finished by 2030, and 110 gigawatts by 2050.

    By comparison, we have 30 megawatts in the water now. And Europe currently has 25 gigawatts operational.

    So what does the government need to do to finally make this industry a reality?

    Energy futurist Ramez Naam is our guest co-host this week. 

    We’ll also talk about Biden’s first 100 days in office. He marked the occasion with a speech to Congress that emphasized his “blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America.” H e’s drawing a very clear connection between taking action on climate change and building tons of jobs. 

    So what has Biden accomplished so far that is meaningful? What is rhetorical and what is creating a clear pathway to real outcomes?

    Finally, we’ll look at why the UN is shifting its focus to methane emissions. 

    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Aurora Solar. Join Aurora on June 8th and 9th for the second annual virtual summit. Hear from, and interact with, industry leaders, policy makers, sales experts, and more. Get your questions ready, and save your spot by registering now.

    Banking Is the Pressure Point for Climate

    Banking Is the Pressure Point for Climate

    In 2015, then-Secretary of State John Kerry called the Paris climate treaty a “tremendous victory.” In the years since, $3.8 trillion has flowed into fossil fuels globally.

    Now Kerry and other White House officials are focusing on banks and insurers that are still offering a lifeline to new fossil fuel projects. Can they slow the flow of cash?

    This week: why finance is the main pressure point for climate.

    Today, all the major banks are collectively supporting hundreds of billions of dollars worth of renewables projects every year. 

    But few are giving up on fossil fuels. One environmental campaigner put it this way: “the banks are gorging on doughnuts and then eating an apple afterwards.”

    A new analysis from DeSmog finds that 77% of board directors at the top-7 US banks have ties to “climate-conflicted” groups.

    Earlier this year, New York University released a study showing that only 7 percent of board members in the top 100 US companies -- which includes many banks -- had any climate expertise at all.

    This week, Justin Guay joins Katherine and Stephen as a guest co-host. Justin is the director of global climate strategy at the Sunrise Project. He’s been following the flow of money into climate-conflicted projects for a decade.

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    This podcast is brought to you by Sungrow, a leading provider of PV inverter solutions around the world. Sungrow has delivered more than 10 gigawatts of inverters to the Americas alone — and 120 gigawatts in total across the globe. Learn more about Sungrow’s cutting-edge solar projects.

    Is America Halfway to a Zero-Carbon Grid?

    Is America Halfway to a Zero-Carbon Grid?

    In 2005, it looked like heat-trapping gases from power plants were only going up.

    That year, the EIA put out a projection: CO2 emissions from power plants would steadily rise every year, thanks to the incumbency of coal and gas.

    Today, they’re half of what was projected. A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab calls it “halfway to zero” -- meaning we are already halfway to a zero-carbon grid.

    This week: why the path to net-zero may surprise us once again.

    Then: America’s climate image on the world stage is in tatters. What will it take for the Biden team to stitch it back together before COP negotiations this fall?

    Finally: a ton of specific policy ideas that can help us expand solar to the people who need it most.

    BlocPower CEO Donnel Baird joins Katherine and Stephen as our guest co-host this week.

    Looking to grow your career in solar tech? Aurora Solar is the leader in solar design and sales software. Aurora is hiring across multiple roles including customer success, marketing, sales, operations, and more. See open roles and apply to join Aurora, voted one of the best places to work in 2021, at www.aurorasolar.com/energygang.

    This podcast is also brought to you by CPower. CPower’s latest book, "Demand-Side Energy Management in the Time of COVID," takes a peek into eight of the biggest commercial industries in North America and reveals key energy management strategies successful organizations executed during the wildest year of the young century. Download it here.

    Unlocking Home Electrification With Heat Pumps

    Unlocking Home Electrification With Heat Pumps

    Every few seconds, a new residential HVAC system or water heater is installed around America. Most of them are designed to burn oil and gas -- locking in 15-20 more years of carbon pollution.

    So how do we electrify 100% of that new equipment rapidly?  This week: a wide-ranging conversation about how to unlock the residential market. 

    Katherine and Stephen are joined by Nate Adams, the co-founder of HVAC 2.0. He’s called “the house whisperer” for a reason. They discuss the benefit of home electrification, the opportunity, and the market constraints.

    Later in the show, a new trend in real estate: Redfin released a survey of prospective homebuyers, asking them about how they’d factor climate risk into their decisions. Half of them said that intensifying natural disasters influenced their decision to relocate. What are the consequences for the market?

    Resources:Grist: The Barriers to Home ElectrificationWorkshop: Nate Adams’ Electrify Everything CourseRedfin Survey: Climate Change Influencing American Home BuyersLisbeth Kaufman: Why I’m Buying a Climate Haven


    Looking to grow your career in solar tech? Aurora Solar is the leader in solar design and sales software. Aurora is hiring across multiple roles including customer success, marketing, sales, operations, and more. See open roles and apply to join Aurora, voted one of the best places to work in 2021, at www.aurorasolar.com/energygang.

    Can California Move Fast Without Breaking Things?

    Can California Move Fast Without Breaking Things?

    California is the proving ground for every major change that President Biden wants to accelerate nationally: 100% carbon-free electricity, fossil fuel phaseouts, climate-resilient grid hardening. 

    The state wants to make 100% of retail electricity sales carbon-free by 2045. To that, it’ll need to match its best year ever for renewable energy installations -- for 25 years more years in a row. It’ll amount to $4.5 billion in yearly spending.

    California is moving fast. Is there such a thing as too fast? 

    This week, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Sammy Roth joins us to talk about California’s fast, sometimes-messy, and still-evolving energy transition. 

    Plus, tensions over public lands. It’s going to take a lot of investment, difficult choices, and grit to hit California’s zero-carbon goals. It’s also going to take a lot of land.

    That’s putting the Biden team in a dilemma: how to balance a historic build-out of wind and solar farms with protection of public lands? 

    Plus, we look at the details of Biden’s “once in a generation” plan to reconstruct the economy one seawall, EV charging station, and transmission project at a time.

    Resources:Sammy Roth’s “Boiling Point” newsletterSammy’s article on the collision over renewables on public landsSammy’s article on California’s pathway forward to 100% clean powerE&E News: How Biden’s $2T infrastructure plan would overhaul the gridNYT: Biden’s $2T plan to reshape the economy


    Looking to grow your career in solar tech? Aurora Solar is the leader in solar design and sales software. Aurora is hiring across multiple roles including customer success, marketing, sales, operations, and more. See open roles and apply to join Aurora, voted one of the best places to work in 2021, at www.aurorasolar.com

Customer Reviews

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1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

NHRunner80 ,

Amazing holistic views

I stumbled upon this podcast and can’t stop listening. I have a strong interest in climate change, as well as social actions. I didn’t realize just how big a role our energy grid and usage can impact not just our climate but social equality. The way this show explains what is happening today, the impact on all stakeholders, and overall implications is incredibly impressive. I can’t stop learning with this show!

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I always learn something new

I appreciate listening in on people knowledgeable on ways to reduce our carbon impact.

listeninglauren ,

Appreciate the perspectives

I started listening to this podcast in college while initially exploring my interests in energy. The show gave me exposure to topics that I now work on in my role. Now as an energy industry insider, I am still listening in and appreciating the diverse events and ideas shared in the podcast. Jigar will be missed but the show will continue to do great things!

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