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Award winning energy journalist Marty Rosenberg shares insights from electric industry experts on emerging technology and trends for powering our lives. We highlight how the electrical grid is changing faster and more dramatically than ever. Grid Talk is part of the Voices of Experience Initiative sponsored by the DOE Office of Electricity’s Advanced Grid Research division.

Award winning energy journalist Marty Rosenberg shares insights from electric industry experts on emerging technology and trends for powering our lives. We highlight how the electrical grid is changing faster and more dramatically than ever. Grid Talk is part of the Voices of Experience Initiative sponsored by the DOE Office of Electricity’s Advanced Grid Research division.

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Award winning energy journalist Marty Rosenberg shares insights from electric industry experts on emerging technology and trends for powering our lives. We highlight how the electrical grid is changing faster and more dramatically than ever. Grid Talk is part of the Voices of Experience Initiative sponsored by the DOE Office of Electricity’s Advanced Grid Research division.

Language:

English


Episodes

States Get Ready for Fed Grid Spend

7/8/2022
A federal infusion of $80 billion in infrastructure spending is generating new levels of innovation and cooperation when it comes to maintaining and upgrading the electrical grid. In this episode of Grid Talk, we hear from Dianne Solomon who is a commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU). She also is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure. This gives her a...

Duration:00:24:55

Here Comes the Energy Storage Revolution

6/24/2022
The push to decarbonize electricity production in the U.S. focuses heavily on solar and wind generation. But delivering reliable energy from intermittent resource will require an upgrade in energy storage capabilities. This episode of Grid Talk features Don Sadoway who is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry at MIT. He’s one of the leading experts on emerging battery products and at the helm of about a half dozen startups ready to speed deployment of the most promising...

Duration:00:26:41

Nuclear Renaissance Ahead

6/3/2022
America’s reliance on nuclear power is poised to rapidly expand given a new generation of more affordable small modular reactors (SMR). In this episode of Grid Talk, host Marty Rosenberg talks with Maria Korsnick who is the President and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute. The conversation focuses on how SMRs can deliver carbon-free energy. “We are about 90 gigawatts of generation today so it will be an additional 90 gigawatts of generation and because we’re talking more small modular...

Duration:00:31:07

LA’s Bold, Equitable Energy Vision

5/18/2022
The nation’s largest municipal utility, serving Los Angeles, wants to move to 100% clean energy by 2035. To do that, the utility needs to significantly boost renewable energy generation and it’s banking on the rapid development of energy storage technology. In this episode of Grid Talk, host Marty Rosenberg talks with Simon Zewdu who is the Director of Transmission Planning, Regulatory Processes and Innovation at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The price tag to reach...

Duration:00:24:54

Feds Aim to Speed Approval of Infrastructure

4/28/2022
The federal government is on track to invest $1.2 trillion to overhaul American infrastructure, with $80 billion headed to the electric grid. In this episode of Grid Talk, we talk with Christine Harada who is the Executive Director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council. It was created in 2015 to help facilitate government approvals of major projects. “I want to make sure that we’re putting boots on the ground—that we have the construction workers who are there and actually...

Duration:00:26:59

ComEd Pursues Equity as it Decarbonizes

4/20/2022
Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) is one of the nation’s largest utilities, serving Chicago. Last month, ComEd announced it is spending $113 million a year on “income-tested programs” to slash energy use and energy bills for those who can least afford them, while combating climate change. In this episode of Grid Talk, host Marty Rosenberg talks with Gil Quiniones who is the ComEd CEO. They’ll talk about initiatives to make sure disadvantaged communities and historically underserved communities...

Duration:00:34:38

Massive Federal Transmission Rebuild Funds Will Soon Flow to Projects

4/8/2022
The U.S. Department of Energy is closing in on a timeline for disbursing $80 billion allocated to electric grid upgrades contained in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed by Congress. In this episode of Grid Talk, host Marty Rosenberg talks with Michelle Manary who is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Resilience Division in the Office of Electricity at the U.S. Department of Energy. The discussion focuses on when and how the money from the infrastructure package will be...

Duration:00:29:11

Midwest, West Ready for Major Federal Grid Upgrades

3/2/2022
The federal power market spanning the Midwest and West is poised to capitalize on an enormous infusion of funds from the federal bipartisan infrastructure law. In this episode of Grid Talk, we sit down with Tracey LeBeau who is the Administrator and CEO of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). “There are a number of provisions that seek to provide additional opportunities or tools to help facilitate the development, the investment, and the construction of new or expanded...

Duration:00:24:01

Reimagining, Rebuilding the Grid - EPRI’s Take

2/11/2022
With society becoming more and more dependent on electricity, upgrading the electric grid is an urgent challenge. In this episode of Grid Talk, host Marty Rosenberg talks with Andrew Phillips who is the Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The conversation focuses on what it will take to ensure the reliable delivery of electricity in an age of electrification. “We have the opportunity and to build new transmission...

Duration:00:29:53

Grid Heads to New Era Via Infrastructure Spend

2/3/2022
Grid Talk is back for its third season, and we kick things off with a discussion about the impact of the massive Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will funnel more than $60 billion to Department of Energy. Host Marty Rosenberg talks with former U.S. Assistant Energy Secretary Dan Reicher about where and how that money will be spent. “Some of that’s going to be in the so-called ‘innovation hubs’ where they’re going to certain areas of the country and focusing on certain...

Duration:00:27:16

Iowa’s Wind Power Boom

11/11/2021
Iowa is a national leader when it comes to satisfying electric demand with renewable energy and it is poised so get greener. In this episode of Grid Talk, host Marty Rosenberg talks with Mike Fehr who is Senior Vice President of Renewable Generation and Compliance at MidAmerican Energy. The company serves customers in Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota and Nebraska. In Iowa, 60 percent of electric needs are generated with wind. Fehr talks about what it will take to get to 100% renewable...

Duration:00:24:38

Entergy’s Power Grid After Hurricane Ida

10/29/2021
In this episode of Grid Talk host Marty Rosenberg talks with Leo Denault who is the Chairman and CEO of Entergy Corporation. Entergy delivers electricity to three million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The podcast focuses on the electric grid devastation caused by Hurricane Ida and re-evaluating grid assets used to power customers. The utility and policymakers must consider whether it is time to pick up the pace of transmission and distribution line...

Duration:00:34:01

National Grid Takes New York Green

10/18/2021
In this episode of Grid Talk, host Marty Rosenberg talks with Rudy Wynter who is the president of National Grid New York. The discussion focuses on the investments needed to reach the state’s climate goals. “We have very ambitions climate goals in New York State, 70% renewable electricity by 2030; 100% decarbonized electricity by 2040. In order to get to those kinds of targets we need to start now,” said Wynter. According to Wynter, that means massive investments in infrastructure and...

Duration:00:24:40

EVs Take Off - Grid, Regulations to Evolve

10/6/2021
America’s vast electric grid is about to go through a major evolution as it adapts to the looming electrification of transportation. In this episode of Grid Talk, we talk with Philip Jones who is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification. Mr. Jones talks about the need for more generation and transmission. “We as a nation as we electrify transportation … there’s going to be a significant increase in use, probably 15 to 20% over the next 20 years.” Jones said....

Duration:00:29:13

The Future Grid - Ameren Transmission’s Take

9/23/2021
The push for clean energy in the United States means there is a massive need for increased transmission capacity as more renewable energy is generated. In this episode of Grid Talk, we talk with Shawn Schukar who is the Chairman and President of Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois. “We have increased the investment in our grid by nine to ten times what we were making 10 years ago,” said Schukar. According Schukar, that’s just the beginning of what is needed to ensure reliability for a...

Duration:00:28:23

Transmission Key to LA’s Renewable Goals

8/24/2021
With a goal of going 100% renewable by 2035, Los Angeles will need to amp up its transmission resources and nearly double its renewable energy production. In this episode of Grid Talk, we talk with Jason Rondou who is the Director of Resource Planning, Development and Programs, at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). “2030 is right around the corner and we have the opportunity and the plans to get to 80% renewable by 2030 which will put us at 97% carbon-free and so we’ve...

Duration:00:30:11

Los Angeles - A Global Energy Pioneer

8/6/2021
Los Angeles aims to be a global trendsetter in renewables and sustainability with a goal of going 100% renewable by 2035. In this episode of Grid Talk, host Marty Rosenberg talks with Lauren Faber O’Connor who is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. The discussion focuses on how L.A. is achieving its goal. “We have the power within this city to be able to do that because we control our energy operations through municipal utilities so it’s an incredibly exciting...

Duration:00:27:02

California Braces for Fire, Massive Storage Deployments

7/26/2021
In this episode of Grid Talk, Host Marty Rosenberg talks with Elliot Mainzer who is the President and CEO of the California Independent System Operator (ISO). The discussion focuses on the effort to bring on more renewable generation in California and what that means for the delivery of energy. Battery storage will play a significant role in meeting peak demand. “The next five to seven years, California is going to be bringing on a monumental amount of new supply into the system. The amount...

Duration:00:25:51

Securing the Grid, Addressing Energy Poverty at USEA

7/9/2021
Grid security and global energy policy are two of the top issues for the United States Energy Association (USEA). This episode of Grid Talk features Sheila Hollis who is the Acting Executive Director of the USEA. USEA’s members include more than 100 organizations from the U.S. energy sector, including governmental entities, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies and utilities. All of them are focused on securing the grid from attacks. “We have done an enormous amount of work on the...

Duration:00:26:51

Surging EVs and An Ongoing Fire Threat - San Diego Utility Responds

6/24/2021
The wildfire season is in full swing and that has utility officials in the drought stricken Southwest preparing for an active summer. In this episode of Grid Talk, host Marty Rosenberg talks with Caroline Winn who is the CEO of San Diego Power & Gas (SDP&G). They’ll discuss how the utility has prepared for a fire season that lasts all year long, including how it uses technology to limit the impact of forced outages. “So having a more surgical approach has helped us ensure again that only...

Duration:00:30:37