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Hear from energy pioneers and visionaries from across the globe who are accelerating the shift to clean energy by making their own electric power for their homes, offices, and communities. Join TED speaker, author, and climate investor, Bill Nussey and co-host Sam Easterby as they talk to the people who are disrupting the century-old grid monopoly and making clean, local energy a reality. Visit FreeingEnergy.com for more.

The Freeing Energy Podcast Bill Nussey - Author, TED Speaker, and Climate Investor

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    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

Hear from energy pioneers and visionaries from across the globe who are accelerating the shift to clean energy by making their own electric power for their homes, offices, and communities. Join TED speaker, author, and climate investor, Bill Nussey and co-host Sam Easterby as they talk to the people who are disrupting the century-old grid monopoly and making clean, local energy a reality. Visit FreeingEnergy.com for more.

    John Berger and Michael Grasso: Sunnova wants to build a ground breaking local energy powered neighborhood and that is rattling cages. Will regulators let them?

    John Berger and Michael Grasso: Sunnova wants to build a ground breaking local energy powered neighborhood and that is rattling cages. Will regulators let them?

    One of the world’s largest installers of solar + storage energy systems has a groundbreaking and industry changing proposal to build a neighborhood that  runs  on local energy. Their proposal is currently in front of the California Public Utility Commission, but naysayers are trying to squelch the conversation.  Join host Bill Nussey as he talks with Sunnova’s CEO, John Berger and CMO, Michael Grasso. They share the background on what the clean tech leader is proposing and why;  how it will benefit consumers; and what critics are saying and doing to sideline the effort.
    Useful Links:
    www.sunnova.com
    Utility Dive Article:
    Major utilities oppose Sunnova’s ‘micro-utility’ microgrid proposal at California PUC | Utility Dive 
    California Burning by Katherine Blunt: 9780593330654 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

    • 52 min
    Donnel Baird/BlocPower: His boyhood Brooklyn apartment was heated with an oven. Now he is pursuing a bold, gutsy vision of how entire cities can retrofit buildings and save on energy costs.

    Donnel Baird/BlocPower: His boyhood Brooklyn apartment was heated with an oven. Now he is pursuing a bold, gutsy vision of how entire cities can retrofit buildings and save on energy costs.

    In this episode we learn that one man didn't know exactly what to do at first, but he knew the “where,” the “when,” and the “why,” of the problem he saw.  And, that was enough to begin shaping an incredibly bold vision for building a potential unicorn in the clean tech space while simultaneously helping millions of low income Americans.   

    Join us as host Bill Nussey talks with the CEO and founder of Brooklyn based BlocPower, Donnel Baird. Listen in as this visionary leader gives us a peek into a journey of why he started BlocPower, what drove his evolving vision, and how he is scaling his business to retrofit old, fossil-fuel powered heating with smart new heat pumps and solar panels. Learn about how digital twins, structured finance, and an inspired leadership team is changing the cost of energy for lower income urban communities all across America.
    Useful Links:
    BlocPower 
    BlocPower
    See if your building is eligible:
    BlocPower
    US Department of Energy 
    retrofit-existing-buildings

    • 48 min
    Jacqueline Novogratz: Two decades of hard-edged hope coupled with off- grid solar changed the lives of hundreds of millions. What’s next?

    Jacqueline Novogratz: Two decades of hard-edged hope coupled with off- grid solar changed the lives of hundreds of millions. What’s next?

    For over two decades, Acumen and its partners have dared to go where traditional investors feared to tread. Acumen’s pioneering vision and legendary hard work has brought life changing, off-grid electricity to hundreds of millions of people worldwide. And, along the way, their work has inspired and supported intrepid entrepreneurs and innovators in some of the toughest market environments on earth.  Now, this clear-eyed, gritty bunch, filled with hard edged hope and armed with proven models and even more patient capital have set their sights on new goals. 
    Listen in as Acumen founder and CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz, shares a glimpse into the fundamentals and underlying principles behind Acumen’s ground-breaking approach to patient capital and where they are headed next and why. 
    Useful Links:
    Acumen Fund
    book - manifesto for a moral revolution - jacqueline novogratz
    https://acumencapitalpartners.com
    S&P Blog
    Road map: The energy sector braces for 2022 midterm elections | S&P Global Market Intelligence
    Solar Energy Industry Association links:
    State-By-State Map | SEIA
    Initiatives & Advocacy | SEIA

    • 41 min
    Michelle Moore/Groundswell: Will America’s smaller, rural communities have to wait for the far reaching benefits of clean power?

    Michelle Moore/Groundswell: Will America’s smaller, rural communities have to wait for the far reaching benefits of clean power?

    In her inspiring new book, Rural Renaissance, social entrepreneur, author and clean energy non-profit CEO Michelle Moore offers a vision of thriving rural communities where clean power is the spark that leads to greater investment, vitality, and equity. Additionally, Moore argues that we have everything we need in hand today to make this vision a reality.  
    In this wide ranging discussion with Freeing Energy, Moore breaks down the key elements that will shape a rural renaissance.  Learn how the work being done by Groundswell, the non-profit she leads, is helping to develop community power by connecting solar and energy efficiency with economic development, affordability, and quality of life. Plus, Moore shares the practical, value-driven steps each of us can take to help accelerate this transition.
    Useful Links:
    Groundswell:
    https://groundswell.org/
    Groundswell Program Areas:
    https://groundswell.org/programs/
    Michelle Moore’s Book:
    https://islandpress.org/books/rural-renaissance
    Use Promo Code “Rural” for 20% off. 
    US Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design): 
    https://www.usgbc.org/leed
    From Interstitial: Generation180 September 2022 Study on Solar in K-12 Schools in the US. 
    https://generation180.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/BrighterFuture2022.pdf 
    Generation180
    https://generation180.org/
    New York Times Article:
    Facing Budget Shortfalls, These Schools Are Turning to the Sun

    For Full Podcast Transcript Visit Here:

    https://www.freeingenergy.com/podcast-095-michelle-moore/
     

    • 42 min
    Astrid Atkinson/Camus Energy: What do Capybaras and Google’s famous reliability have to do with managing a dynamic, zero carbon electric grid?

    Astrid Atkinson/Camus Energy: What do Capybaras and Google’s famous reliability have to do with managing a dynamic, zero carbon electric grid?

    Scalability, high availability, rapid detection and mitigation of failure…just some of the requirements of a highly performant infrastructure managing a massive distributed environment…like Google’s cloud services.
    Could the same principles and patterns apply to the requirements of managing a rapidly changing electric grid? And, what might that mean for different types of electric utilities in a future defined by decentralized resources like solar, batteries, demand response, and EV charging? 
    Listen in as Camus Energy CEO and Co-founder, Astrid Atkinson, discusses these topics and shares how she and the Camus team are translating a decade of lessons from the best of Google’s and Silicon Valley’s advanced technology architectures to make the grid more reliable, more equitable, and more affordable. 

    • 45 min
    Catherine Von Burg: Can climate tech founders achieve success without compromising on their mission?

    Catherine Von Burg: Can climate tech founders achieve success without compromising on their mission?

    When our guest and her partners launched their business a dozen years ago, she had a vision, a technology, and the determination to stick to the mission. If you have a startup in the clean tech space or just interested in really cool technology, listen in as Catherine Von Burg, CEO and Co-founder of SimpliPhi Power, shares the amazing story of how sticking to the mission resulted in a groundbreaking energy storage solution with SimpliPhi Power’s safe, non-toxic battery systems that are being used globally in 40 countries today.  

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Climate Ally ,

Freeing Energy

Bill Nussey wrote a great book called Freeing Energy about the potential of local solar. He expands upon everything in his book in this podcast. I highly recommend it. He speaks with many fascinating people and gives us all hope for the future. We are in a race against time to transition to clean energy. All of these interviews are an inspiration.

Rd MSP ,

Recommend

Thoroughly researched and professionally produced. Great show.

fishyrainn ,

Great industry perspectives

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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