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Fresh Energy is speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy, which will ensure that our region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving communities today and for generations to come. Working purely in the public interest, Fresh Energy’s team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators develops and advances solutions that secure a clean energy future where all can thrive. Sign up for our monthly listserv focused on clean energy issues in Minnesota here: https://fresh-energy.org/

Fresh Energy is speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy, which will ensure that our region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving communities today and for generations to come. Working purely in the public interest, Fresh Energy’s team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators develops and advances solutions that secure a clean energy future where all can thrive. Sign up for our monthly listserv focused on clean energy issues in Minnesota here: https://fresh-energy.org/

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Fresh Energy is speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy, which will ensure that our region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving communities today and for generations to come. Working purely in the public interest, Fresh Energy’s team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators develops and advances solutions that secure a clean energy future where all can thrive. Sign up for our monthly listserv focused on clean energy issues in Minnesota here: https://fresh-energy.org/

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English


Episodes

Untangling the FirstEnergy scandal: A guided tour of the biggest corruption case in Ohio history

9/14/2021
In 2020, the FBI revealed details of a $60 million corruption case that has so far led to multiple arrests, including Ohio House speaker Larry Householder, and the resignation of the state’s top utility regulator. Join Energy News Network, journalists, and advocates from Ohio as we walk through the tangled web of dark money and back-door dealmaking that helped the state’s largest utility secure multiple bailouts while hamstringing efforts to advance clean energy. This event was hosted by...

Duration:01:02:32

Discussing the Evolution of Energy Access and Equity at Fresh Energy

9/3/2021
At Fresh Energy, equity is a central pillar of our mission and a priority across the organization. Our Energy Access and Equity department is where the organization and the staff on today's podcast focus specifically on policies and programs that reduce the energy burden on under-resourced communities, increase opportunities for and access to clean energy jobs, and ensure our policy-based solutions—and Fresh Energy operations—are equitable in both process and outcome. And we're pleased to...

Duration:00:53:24

Electricity Instead of Gas: How can communities embrace efficiency and electrification and avoid new fossil gas infrastructure?

7/29/2021
Tune in to Part 4 of Fresh Energy's "Intersection of Energy and Community" webinar series! The transition to an equitable, carbon-neutral economy will bring big changes to our communities. State and federal policies, utility programs, and the overall evolution from a world powered by oil and gas to a clean electricity-powered future, play out in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. But it’s not just communities adapting to change. Cities, counties, and local institutions are often...

Duration:01:09:27

Authentic Community Engagement: What is the difference between public input and a co-created climate vision?

7/22/2021
Tune in to Part 3 of Fresh Energy's "Intersection of Energy and Community" webinar series! The transition to an equitable, carbon-neutral economy will bring big changes to our communities. State and federal policies, utility programs, and the overall evolution from a world powered by oil and gas to a clean electricity-powered future, play out in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. But it’s not just communities adapting to change. Cities, counties, and local institutions are often...

Duration:01:04:29

Workforce of the Future: How can Minnesota ensure broad access to jobs in the clean energy economy?

7/15/2021
Tune in to Part 2 of Fresh Energy's "Intersection of Energy and Community" webinar series! The transition to an equitable, carbon-neutral economy will bring big changes to our communities. State and federal policies, utility programs, and the overall evolution from a world powered by oil and gas to a clean electricity-powered future, play out in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. But it’s not just communities adapting to change. Cities, counties, and local institutions are often...

Duration:01:01:04

Community Heating and Cooling: How can district-scale heat and power projects achieve big carbon reductions and new union jobs?

7/8/2021
Tune in to Part 1 of Fresh Energy's "Intersection of Energy and Community" webinar series! The transition to an equitable, carbon-neutral economy will bring big changes to our communities. State and federal policies, utility programs, and the overall evolution from a world powered by oil and gas to a clean electricity-powered future, play out in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. But it’s not just communities adapting to change. Cities, counties, and local institutions are often...

Duration:01:06:53

Legislative Update: An impactful year for energy and climate.

6/28/2021
Against the odds, it has been an incredibly impactful year for energy at the Minnesota Legislature. Sit down with Fresh Energy's Michael Noble, Justin Fay, and Anna Johnson to discuss significant new investments in solar energy, new policy support for a just and equitable transition to clean energy, innovative new decarbonization strategies for gas utilities, and more. Guests: Michael NobleJustin Fay Anna JohnsonTopics: Further Reading: "Taking stock of meaningful progress at the...

Duration:00:56:03

EV Exclusive: Q&A with Minnesotans who drive electric vehicles.

5/6/2021
Electric vehicles (EVs) are cleaner and more affordable than gasoline-powered cars—and they’re fun too. On April 29, 2021, Fresh Energy and Shift2 Electric hosted a free educational workshop that’s unaffiliated with any automakers. We had an honest conversation with Minnesotans across the state who own and drive EVs about their experiences. Listen in for a conversation with Shift2Electric's Jukka Kukkonen and panelists: Listeners can stay up to date on Fresh Energy's work via our once...

Duration:01:19:07

Reckoning in Coal Country: Facing the future in Wyoming and Appalachia

4/22/2021
Appalachia and Wyoming are dramatically different places, but they also offer each other cautionary tales, success stories, and reasons for resilience and hope. Last year, the Energy News Network and WyoFile captured this complex story in a six-part investigative series, Reckoning in Coal County, now available as an ebook or paperback. Fresh Energy, Energy News Network, and WyoFile hosted this virtual panel discussion on April 22, 2021. Throughout the conversation, we explore the cultural,...

Duration:01:01:13

Legislative Update: Energy and climate as session approaches the finish line.

4/15/2021
The 2021 session of the Minnesota Legislature is in its final month. Join the Fresh Energy team for a conversation about meaningful action for clean energy and climate that legislators can take yet this session. Learn what's still on the table and who they would draft for Fresh Energy's imaginary baseball team. Guests: Topics: Listeners can stay up to date on our work via our once monthly email list, blog at www.fresh-energy.org, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You can...

Duration:00:47:03

Moving Toward a Clean Energy Future: A conversation with U.S. Senator Tina Smith, Paul Douglas, and more.

4/9/2021
On April 9, 2021, Fresh Energy's J. Drake Hamilton and Ben Passer were joined by U.S. Senator Tina Smith, meteorologist and climate leader Paul Douglas, and Science Museum of Minnesota President Alison Brown for a discussion about why acting now on climate is critical and how climate action can present economic opportunity for Minnesota. With a new President and a new Congress, we have reason to be optimistic that the country can take real climate action. Congress needs to step up in this...

Duration:01:02:34

Deep Dive Into Xcel's Integrated Resource Plan with Allen Gleckner and Ben Passer

2/11/2021
Fresh Energy, along with Clean Grid Alliance, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, has filed expert comments with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Xcel Energy's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Join Fresh Energy's Allen Gleckner, Lead Director of Clean Electricity, and Ben Passer, Lead Director of Energy Access and Equity for a conversation about our comments on the Xcel IRP. We'll discuss both the good and the bad, including Xcel's...

Duration:00:32:01

The Paris Climate Agreement and Minnesota Leadership, with J. Drake Hamilton, Sen. Nick Frentz and Rep. Jamie Long

1/29/2021
What does rejoining the Paris Agreement really mean for the U.S., the Midwest, and for Minnesota? What can we do to take this moment and make a real impact with big carbon reduction policies? Minnesota’s energy and climate policies, including passing Governor Walz’s commitment to 100% carbon-free electricity into law, have a crucial role to play. In this podcast, we dig into the details with J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy, Justin Fay, public affairs director at...

Duration:00:39:38

Our Clean Energy Plans for the 2021 Legislative Session

12/10/2020
The 2021 session of the Minnesota Legislature begins on January 5. Join Fresh Energy's Executive Director Michael Noble, Director of Public Affairs Justin Fay, and Policy and Public Affairs Associate Anna Johnson for a conversation about our plans and expectations for the coming session. The conversation will touch on what election results could mean for clean energy, special session outcomes, the One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy, committee appointments, clean transportation, building...

Duration:00:39:14

A Guide to Careers in the Green Recovery with Eric Pasi and Ben Passer

11/17/2020
Tune in to Fresh Energy's conversation with Eric Pasi, principal at IPS Solar and author of new book, CleanWave: A Guide to Success in the Green Recovery. Rapidly advancing technology, high demand, and sheer affordability are pushing clean energy into the mainstream. With coal plants closing, pipelines under scrutiny, and prices for wind and solar dropping, fossil fuels in the United States are at a tipping point and clean energy is poised for major expansion. This exponential growth is...

Duration:00:59:37

Conversation with Dr. Leah Stokes + Post-Election Bonus Content

11/17/2020
In celebration of Give to the Max Day, we're sharing the conversation that Michael Noble, Fresh Energy's Executive Director, had with Dr. Leah Stokes, internationally-recognized clean energy thought leader at Fresh Energy's Virtual Benefit Breakfast in October. Dr. Stokes brought her trademark energy to our virtual stage and put into clear focus Minnesota’s role in the national clean energy landscape. She challenged Minnesota to both pass strong policy and focus on implementing it...

Duration:00:38:45

Electric Vehicles in Minnesota? You betcha! Candid convos with EV owners.

10/2/2020
Electric vehicles (EVs) are cleaner and more affordable than gasoline-powered cars—and they’re fun too! But many Minnesotans wonder how they really work here in the North Star State. Can they handle our extreme winters? Are they a pain to charge? Are there hidden costs to the technology? There’s so much information, where do you even begin? Tune in to a recording of Fresh Energy, Shift2Electric, and American Lung Association's free educational workshop that’s unaffiliated with any...

Duration:01:31:17

Conversations with EV, Solar, and Storage Owners in Minnesota

9/29/2020
Many Minnesotans are taking advantage of new technologies that provide cleaner and more resilient energy production and use – in their own back yards! These technologies used to be more expensive than fossil fuels, but rapid battery tech development and solar panel price reduction have changed the game making these technologies a better choice. Join Shift2Electric, Fresh Energy, the Minnesota Electric Vehicle Owners Chapter to hear from Minnesotans who have made the switch to driving...

Duration:01:24:19

Fact Check: Get the Truth About Clean Cars Minnesota

8/24/2020
Minnesota is poised to pass Clean Cars Minnesota, a set of standards that would reduce climate change-causing air pollution and increase customer choices – but what do “clean car standards” really mean? Due in part to a misinformation campaign by opponents of Clean Cars Minnesota, many Minnesotans are confused about what the standards would and would not do. Will California bureaucrats decide which car you can drive? Will you have to give up your gas-powered truck? Will the cost of all...

Duration:00:59:45

"How can cities lead?" A conversation feat. Mayor Kim Norton of Rochester, Minn.

7/30/2020
Minnesota is working hard to create more affordable housing. But if we build structures that are not super-efficient, residents will be saddled with high energy bills—and we will miss an opportunity to improve our built environment, a top source of carbon emissions in the state. Now more than ever the topic of affordable housing has become even more critical. In July 2020, Fresh Energy hosted conversations with Minnesota thought leaders and Fresh Energy staff about how super-efficient...

Duration:00:43:27