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Looking to understand the fast-changing world of energy? This isn't your ordinary energy business show. 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.

    A New President’s Powerful Tool: Climate Risk Disclosure

    A New President’s Powerful Tool: Climate Risk Disclosure

    Climate risk is now the topic du jour in Washington. The Biden transition team identified it as a powerful policy lever in the business world that could help the president-elect’s climate agenda without Congress. 

    But how? Could it happen at the Securities and Exchange Commission where companies disclose legal and other threats? What about a role for the Federal Reserve? What can Biden himself do?

    This week, we’ll look at how federal action may happen -- and what impact it would have on emissions.

    Then, from the first days in office, Trump’s team went after environmental protections with the focus of trained assassins. Those efforts are only intensifying in the weeks before Trump leaves the White House. How might Biden stop these “regulatory bombs?”

    Last: reactions to Biden’s hires are revealing a split in the climate community. What do they reveal about theories of change in this changing political moment?E&E News: Biden to Shine Light on Corporate Climate RiskBloomberg: All Businesses Everywhere, Get Ready to Disclose Your Climate RiskNew York Times: E.P.A.’s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff ResistancePropublica: Tracking the Trump Administration’s “Midnight Regulations”Twitter: Bill McKibben defense of Brian DeeseTwitter: Matt Yglesias on the only way to make climate progress


    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Wärtsilä Energy, leading the transition toward a 100% renewable energy future. Wärtsilä launched “The Path to 100%” to accelerate the transition to renewables. Become part of the discussion.

    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Honeywell, a leading supplier of IoT solutions to mission-critical industries around the world. Honeywell Smart Energy helps utilities transform their grid operations through advanced solutions and targeted services from edge to cloud. Learn more.

    • 54 min
    Watt It Takes: EVgo's Cathy Zoi on Scaling EV Infrastructure

    Watt It Takes: EVgo's Cathy Zoi on Scaling EV Infrastructure

    Cathy Zoi has seen it all. She’s studied and worked in oil, gas and clean energy since the Reagan Era. Now as CEO of charging company EVgo, she knows the future of energy is coming fast. 

    “Rideshare drivers are now starting to drive EVs, those folks need to charge once a day away from home, and they need to do it fast. When COVID hit, delivery drivers for food deliveries needed to charge on our network. Fleet companies like Amazon. So every month that goes by, there is a new opportunity, says Zoi.”

    Cathy has a breadth of energy and cleantech experience working in leadership roles at non-profits, startups, venture capital, academia, and government agencies.

    Cathy was on the team that developed the original Energy Star rating when she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency. She was chief of staff in the White House Office on Environmental Policy in the Clinton-Gore Administration. And she is co-founder and executive chairman of Odyssey Energy, a software start-up bringing distributed clean power to developing countries. 

    In this episode, Powerhouse CEO Emily Kirsch sits down with Cathy Zoi to discuss how that journey inevitably led her to electric transportation.

    Listen to all our past episodes of Watt It Takes here. This series is normally recorded in front of a live audience. But we’re now recording the interviews remotely. See future events here.

    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Wärtsilä Energy, leading the transition toward a 100% renewable energy future. Wärtsilä launched “The Path to 100%” to accelerate the transition to renewables. Become part of the discussion.

    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Honeywell, a leading supplier of IoT solutions to mission-critical industries around the world. Honeywell Smart Energy helps utilities transform their grid operations through advanced solutions and targeted services from edge to cloud. Learn more.

    • 48 min
    Automakers Knew About Climate Change 50 Years Ago

    Automakers Knew About Climate Change 50 Years Ago

    In the 1960s, scientists who worked for General Motors and Ford discovered that the exhaust from their cars was very likely changing the climate. They made presentations at conferences. They briefed senior executives. And then, they were publicly contradicted and their work was suppressed. 

    We’ll talk to Maxine Joselow, the journalist who reported the story for E&E News over many months. She talked with more than two dozen former GM and Ford employees, retired auto industry executives, academics, and environmentalists about what the companies knew about climate change five decades ago.

    It leaves the reader wondering: what if automakers had taken the problem more seriously a half-century ago?

    Then, plenty of conservative states are embracing renewables. But now 100% clean energy mandates are spreading to redder states. The latest is Arizona: a place where elected officials and a giant utility previously worked to stop the march of clean energy. We’ll look at the shift. 

    And last: can a Marshall Plan for fading coal communities rebuild America’s former industrial regions?E&E News: GM, Ford Knew About Climate Change 50 Years AgoScientific American: A Woman Warned GM about Warming, But Men Didn’t ListenGreentech Media: Arizona Regulators Pass Rule for 100% Clean Energy by 2050Smart Cities Dive: Mayors Unveil $60B Plan to Support Midwest Energy TransitionUniversity of Pittsburgh: Marshall Plan for Middle America Roadmap


    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Wärtsilä Energy, leading the transition toward a 100% renewable energy future. Wärtsilä launched “The Path to 100%” to accelerate the transition to renewables. Become part of the discussion.

    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Honeywell, a leading supplier of IoT solutions to mission-critical industries around the world. Honeywell Smart Energy helps utilities transform their grid operations through advanced solutions and targeted services from edge to cloud. Learn more.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Day-One Climate Priorities for Biden’s White House

    Day-One Climate Priorities for Biden’s White House

    Has 2020 – which seemed irredeemable – just done a 180? We’ll be back in the Paris agreement, Biden’s got a zero-emissions plan, East Asia’s making big moves, and there might even be a vaccine for Covid-19.

    President-Elect Joe Biden has already named his environment transition team. And he discussed climate change with four European heads of state this Tuesday.

    He also has a “Build Back Better” one-pager that looks a lot like the green recovery plans in Europe we’ve been discussing for months. 

    We’re going to look at specific things a Biden administration can do in each identified category to get to net-zero emissions.

    Then, 2020 is turning into the year of net-zero. Japan and South Korea have now promised to zero out carbon emissions by 2050. That preserves the possibility of keeping warming at or below 1.5º C. 

    This fall, China also issued its first-ever net-zero date. That means most of East Asia has now committed to eliminating all new carbon emissions by a certain date. 

    President Moon Jae-in of South Korea actually ran and won on a platform of a Green New Deal for Korea. He’s talking about a ‘just transition’ away from dirty energy. And Japan says it will rethink its reliance on coal. 

    These are big stories on their own. Bigger in the context of America’s re-engagement with the world as we head toward climate negotiations in 2021. 

    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Wärtsilä Energy, leading the transition toward a 100% renewable energy future. Wärtsilä launched “The Path to 100%” to accelerate the transition to renewables. Become part of the discussion.

    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Honeywell, a leading supplier of IoT solutions to mission-critical industries around the world. Honeywell Smart Energy helps utilities transform their grid operations through advanced solutions and targeted services from edge to cloud. Learn more.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    How Customers Will Shape Zero-Carbon Utility Targets [Special Content From Oracle]

    How Customers Will Shape Zero-Carbon Utility Targets [Special Content From Oracle]

    This sponsored episode was produced in collaboration with GTM Creative Strategies and the Opower team at Oracle Utilities.

    The last two years have brought a surge of plans for zero-carbon energy from some of the biggest power providers in the world. Dozens of U.S. utilities have committed to decarbonizing by 80% or more by 2050.

    "Two thirds of U.S. consumers are now served by utilities with carbon or emissions reduction goals," says Scott Neuman, group vice president of Opower, at Oracle Utilities.

    National Grid is the latest utility to up the ante. The electricity and gas supplier now wants to hit net-zero emissions by 2050.

    "In terms of decarbonizing and reducing emissions across society, it can break out into three broad areas, decarbonizing generational power, decarbonizing transport and decarbonizing heat," says Badar Kahn, the presdient of National Grid US.

    In this episode, we’ll hear from Badar Kahn and Scott Neuman about how zero-carbon goals may reshape utility operations -- and reshape the role of the customer.

    "We're taking everything we've learned, everything we've built, and focusing our team on changing behaviors that will deliver the greatest emission reductions as quickly, affordably and accurately as possible," says Neuman.

    Opower is working every single day to help your utility build a clean energy future. Utilities around the world rely on Opower to connect with their customers. Opower helps people save energy, save money, and adopt all the clean energy products & services we need right now.

    • 29 min
    Can Biden Undo Trump's Damage?

    Can Biden Undo Trump's Damage?

    This week: the future of the planet depends on the mail. 

    The mail-in votes are still being counted, but it’s increasingly likely that Joe Biden will become America’s next president.

    As of this recording on Thursday morning, Biden’s path to the presidency looks much better than Trump’s. It could be Thursday night or Friday when we get calls for Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and North Carolina. 

    We do not have an official result. But the direction feels clearer -- and we have plenty of local results, too.

    Meanwhile, America is officially out of the Paris Climate Accord. What happens next?

    In this episode, we’re just going to cover a smattering of stories coming out of the election.

    Plus, we’ll answer a bunch of listener questions.

    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Wärtsilä Energy, leading the transition toward a 100% renewable energy future. Wärtsilä launched “The Path to 100%” to accelerate the transition to renewables. Become part of the discussion.

    The Energy Gang is brought to you by Honeywell, a leading supplier of IoT solutions to mission-critical industries around the world. Honeywell Smart Energy helps utilities transform their grid operations through advanced solutions and targeted services from edge to cloud. Learn more.

    • 47 min

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tcinpdx ,

Talking Nuclear vs Renewable Deployment

Dear EG,
Thanks for all the great podcasts and information. I am interested to get the ‘take’ of your panel on Michael Schellenberger’s view that renewables deployment can’t meet our energy needs without large scale ecosystem destruction. I am sure there is a balancing point here but I don’t hear you talk much about how/if/when nuclear fits into our future energy portfolio,
Keep up the good work!
Terry C

Listener0207 ,

Consider the whole process, not just the outcome

The latest podcast about Biden’s “transition” is not good. As an employee in oil and gas, this is simply not the reality. I believe the reason most people like this podcast is because the listeners are not familiar with the industry in general. Of course they want to hear how bad oil and gas is, they aren’t educated any differently! Oil and gas workers want cleaner practices and support modern technology. In fact, I work for a microbiology company (100% natural and sustainable) that services the industry and replaces harmful chemicals. A prime example of the industry moving towards cleaner practices as we transition to new technology.

The reality is that renewable energy is not ready for mass production right now. In fact, renewable energy cannot be manufactured or used to even generate electricity without fossil fuels. There are immense geographic limitations, higher upfront costs, and lack of storage capabilities. While switching to renewable energy is an interesting idea, it’s important to see both sides and understand the whole process of its generation, rather than focusing only on the outcome.

In conclusion, we do not need people who are going to make climate their number one issue. A 2 trillion dollar deal is not the answer. We need federal, state and local policies to recognize that natural gas and crude oil are necessary for renewable energy sources to exist. They need to support and encourage their domestic production, not punish it.

Electrical Enginerd ,

CliffNotea for the Energy Transition

If you’re only tangentially involved in the clean energy transition, but want to sound smart at work and at social gatherings, this is the podcast for you. Also, if you want to do Facebook battle with climate change-denying (Russian?) bots (not that I do), this is a solid resource. Bonus points for the ‘free electrons’ section at the end. Definitely worth you time.

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