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Factor This! is a weekly podcast for the solar industry that provides in-depth and actionable content not available anywhere else. The podcast features solar energy leaders who actually move the needle, in hopes of making you smarter, your solar job easier, and moving the industry forward. Factor This! is produced by Renewable Energy World and Clarion Energy, and is hosted by John Engel. Have an idea for an episode or want to sponsor the show? Email john.engel@clarionevents.com for more information. Find show notes, transcripts, and resources at RenewableEnergyWorld.com. Subscribe today to renewable energy's newest podcast.

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Factor This! is a weekly podcast for the solar industry that provides in-depth and actionable content not available anywhere else. The podcast features solar energy leaders who actually move the needle, in hopes of making you smarter, your solar job easier, and moving the industry forward. Factor This! is produced by Renewable Energy World and Clarion Energy, and is hosted by John Engel. Have an idea for an episode or want to sponsor the show? Email john.engel@clarionevents.com for more information. Find show notes, transcripts, and resources at RenewableEnergyWorld.com. Subscribe today to renewable energy's newest podcast.

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Episodes

This Week in Cleantech (2/23/24) — Can Biden win on climate?

2/23/2024
This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Renewable Energy World and Tigercomm, This Week in Cleantech will air every Friday in the Factor This! podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts. This week’s episode features Amanda Chu, US energy reporter for the Financial Times, who reported on President Biden’s challenge of making investments in clean energy and infrastructure resonate with voters. This Week in Cleantech — Feb. 23, 2024 This week's "Cleantecher of the Week" is Dan Shugar, CEO of the Nextracker, which was recently featured on CNBC's "Mad Money" for its successful IPO and stock performance. 1. JPMorgan, State Street quit climate group, BlackRock steps back — Reuters 2. 'We got your money, see ya': Customers frustrated by Encor Solar closure — WRAL 3. How the housing industry is working to stop energy efficient homes — The Washington Post 4. A traditional automaker just turned a profit on EVs — CNN 5. Biden’s clean energy conundrums — Financial Times Watch the full episode on YouTube Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

Duration:00:17:33

Clean energy needs a new bellwether. Who should it be?

2/19/2024
Most CEOs are deliberate and careful, often neutering commentary of any hint of controversy. Sheldon Kimber is not like most CEOs. He's known to pen a thousand words, or two, on the ebbs and flows of the energy transition. His comments are not always complimentary. But they're aimed at pushing the industry toward new heights. Don't be mistaken— Kimber is deliberate, too. He uses his voice not for attention, but because he passionately believes the clean energy industry needs an unashamed advocate. His latest campaign may be his most bold. In Episode 75 of the Factor This! podcast, Kimber shares why you should forget everything you know about clean energy development. He's convinced a fresh business model is necessary to sustain an industry battered by rising capital costs, which have shaken even the likes of sector king NextEra. Clean energy is in desperate need of a new bellwether, and way of thinking, to survive and thrive. Kimber, and Intersect Power, say they are ready to lead the charge. Watch the full episode on YouTube Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International. Watch every new episode of the Factor This! podcast on the Renewable Energy World YouTube channel, and make sure to subscribe while you're there!

Duration:01:08:53

This Week in Cleantech (2/16/24) — Virtual power plants still working out the kinks

2/16/2024
This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Renewable Energy World and Tigercomm, This Week in Cleantech will air every Friday in the Factor This! podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts. This week’s episode features Latitude Media founding reporter Maeve Allsup, who covered some of the challenges facing one of the first virtual power plants deployed in the U.S. This Week in Cleantech - Feb. 16, 2024 This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is world-renowned Climate Scientist Michael Mann. 1. This Arctic Circle Town Expected a Green Energy Boom. Then Came Bidenomics. — New York Times 2. California could make — or break — the Western grid — E&E News 3. The world is reducing its reliance on fossil fuels – except for in three key sectors — The Guardian 4. Fervo Energy Is Quickly Making Geothermal Cheaper — Heatmap News 5. Under the hood of PG&E's summer VPP pilot with Sunrun — Latitude Media Watch the full episode on YouTube Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

Duration:00:18:24

This Week in Cleantech (2/9/24) — The NIMBY stat that clean energy can't ignore

2/9/2024
This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Renewable Energy World and Tigercomm, This Week in Cleantech will air every Friday in the Factor This! podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts. This week’s episode features USA Today national correspondent Elizabeth Weise, who reported on overwhelming local opposition to clean energy projects. This Week in Cleantech — February 9, 2024 This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is Tom Matzzie, CEO of CleanChoice Energy. 1. Summer Has Long Stressed Electric Grids. Now Winter Does, Too. — New York Times 2. ‘Gold’ hydrogen: The next clean fuel? — E&E News 3. How bad is Tesla’s hazardous waste problem in California? — The Verge 4. EV Slowdown Turns the Table for Leaders and Laggards — Bloomberg 5. Across America, clean energy plants are being banned faster than they're being built — USA Today Watch the full episode on YouTube Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

Duration:00:20:52

This Week in Cleantech (2/2/24) — Should we worry about rooftop solar?

2/2/2024
This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Renewable Energy World and Tigercomm, This Week in Cleantech will air every Friday in the Factor This! podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts. This week's episode features Associated Press climate change reporter Matthew Daly, who reported on President Biden's controversial pause on considering new LNG export terminals. This Week in Cleantech — Feb. 2, 2024 (not Jan. 26!) This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is Jimmy Rogers, Manager of Communications at Redaptive. 1. The Rooftop Solar Industry Could Be On the Verge of Collapse — TIME 2. U.S. Oil Drillers Are Going Electric—if They Can Get the Electricity — Wall Street Journal 3. China Leads Global Clean Energy Spending, Which Record $1.8 Trillion in 2023 — Bloomberg 4. The Coolest Thing in Climate Tech is a Super Hot Rock — Heatmap News 5. Liquefied Natural Gas: What to know about LNG and Biden's decision to delay gas export proposals — Associated Press Watch the full episode on YouTube Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

Duration:00:17:56

Community solar keeps growing. Here's what we still have to figure out

1/29/2024
By all accounts, community solar looks like an unstoppable force. One of the hottest clean energy sectors continues to flourish thanks to new markets and rich incentives. But it's also getting tougher. First-mover states are saturating, fueling intense competition. And those rich incentives? They're increasingly tied to serving elusive low-income customers often skeptical of promises that are too good to be true. So what's in store for community solar in 2024? Episode 74 of the Factor This! podcast features Bruce Stewart, the CEO of community solar subscriber management platform Perch Energy. Stewart maps out new markets on the way this year, breaks down the challenge of acquiring, and keeping, low-income customers, and shares the latest on the highly-anticipated reboot of California's troubled community solar program. Watch the full episode on YouTube Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International. Watch every new episode of the Factor This! podcast on the Renewable Energy World YouTube channel, and make sure to subscribe while you're there!

Duration:00:54:16

This Week in Cleantech (1/26/24) — Biden's climate pitch to young voters

1/26/2024
This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Renewable Energy World and Tigercomm, This Week in Cleantech will air every Friday in the Factor This! podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts. This week's episode features Quillian Robinson, an associate fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who wrote an op-ed in TIME about the true cost of China's clean energy dominance. This Week in Cleantech — Jan. 25, 2024 This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is David Arfin, CEO of NineDot Energy. Send your nominations and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. 1. Biden needs young voters. Can his climate policy rally them? — E&E News 2. US unveils solar energy plan for western public lands — Reuters 3. How Biden’s climate law spurred a tax credit revolution — Financial Times 4. Growth in low-emissions power expected to cover demand - IEA — Reuters 5. The True Cost of Chinese Solar Panels — TIME Watch the full episode on YouTube Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

Duration:00:16:30

Speed and scale: Thinking big with small-scale DERs

1/22/2024
A common knock on distributed energy resources, or DERs, is that they don't scale. DERs uniquely provide resilience and defer grid upgrades. But their bespoke nature leads to highly-customized and expensive projects compared to larger projects that offer more routine system designs. But what if DERs could capitalize on the same efficiencies that fueled the rapid deployment of utility-scale solar and storage? Small-scale could go big… in a big way. Episode 73 of the Factor This! podcast features Dr. Michael Stadler, who wrote much of the early research on microgrid design and optimization. He's now the chief technology officer for software startup Xendee, which aims to bring speed and efficiency to DER deployment. Watch the full episode on YouTube Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International. Watch every new episode of the Factor This! podcast on the Renewable Energy World YouTube channel, and make sure to subscribe while you're there!

Duration:00:32:52

This Week in Cleantech (1/19/24) — Texas grid survives, thwarting NIMBYs, and companies turn to 'greenhushing'

1/19/2024
This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. Produced by Renewable Energy World and Tigercomm, This Week in Cleantech will air every Friday in the Factor This! podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts. This week’s episode features Grist reporter Kate Yoder, who breaks down a new trend of corporations "greenhushing," or limiting what they say about sustainability efforts. This Week in Cleantech — Jan. 19, 2024 This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is Rondo Energy's Helen Sweet. Nominate your picks for "Cleantecher of the Week" by emailing the show. 1. Winter storm tests Texas green grid upgrades — The Washington Post 2. Octopus Energy Has Texas-Size Ambitions — The Wall Street Journal 3. States with big climate goals strip local power to block green projects — AP News 4. California Has Dealt a Blow to Renewable Energy, Some Businesses Say — The New York Times 5. Companies are hiding their climate progress. A new report explains why. — Grist Watch the full episode on YouTube Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

Duration:00:15:57

We need a lot more transmission. Here's why it isn't getting built

1/15/2024
Three decades ago, FERC recommended implementing independent entities to manage regional power markets and system planning. The resulting seven RTOs and ISOs have largely been successful. But now experts believe they've become part of the problem, exacerbating the country's woefully inadequate supply of transmission, allegedly by pandering to utility interests. Episode 72 of the Factor This! podcast features Ari Peskoe, an expert on transmission policy and the director of the Electricity Law Initiative at Harvard. Peskoe shares his recent research on how regional grid operators have failed to evolve with the advent of clean energy technology, and why a reboot could be the key to realizing an electrified future. Watch the episode on YouTube Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International. Watch every new episode of the Factor This! podcast on the Renewable Energy World YouTube channel, and make sure to subscribe while you're there!

Duration:00:45:47

This Week in Cleantech (1/12/24) — How utilities get their way, renewables impact home values, and China's clean energy dominance

1/12/2024
This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. This week’s episode features Floodlight News investigative reporter Mario Alejandro Ariza, who reported on how utilities used money to influence civil rights leaders in the South. This Week in Cleantech — Jan. 11, 2024 This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is Scott Kubly, who last week shared an introspective post about the challenges and joys of launching, and leading, a cleantech company. Nominate your picks for "Cleantecher of the Week" by emailing the show. 1. The Problem With De-Risking: Transitioning to Clean Energy Requires Trade With China — Foreign Affairs 2. Housing wind fall — Semafor 3. Smart Energy Use Draws Big Money From Private Equity — Bloomberg 4. New York jump-starts the "building decarbonization" trend — Axios 5. Power companies paid civil rights leaders in the US south. They became loyal industry advocates — Floodlight News Watch the full episode on YouTube Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

Duration:00:18:50

A conversation with solar's oracle, Jenny Chase

1/1/2024
When Jenny Chase speaks or, more frequently, tweets, the solar industry listens. For nearly 20 years, Chase has chronicled the twists and turns of solar's meteoric growth as a market analyst for BloombergNEF. Her research is indispensable. Her annual prediction mega-threads are legendary. As much as the moniker makes her squirm, Chase is the closest solar has to an oracle. She joined Episode 71 of the Factor This! podcast to discuss her spiciest predictions for 2024, as well as the release of the second edition of her book, Solar Power Finance Without the Jargon, which is available now. Watch the full episode on YouTube Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International. Watch every new episode of the Factor This! podcast on the Renewable Energy World YouTube channel, and make sure to subscribe while you're there!

Duration:00:52:14

This Week in Cleantech (12/22/23) — Tesla's charging dominance, oil's big year, and Ohio bribery tapes

12/22/2023
This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. This week’s episode features reporter Renee Fox from WOSU Public Media, which launched a new podcast series chronicling the $61 million bribery scandal involving FirstEnergy and former Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder. This Week in Cleantech — Dec. 22, 2023 This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is Julia McPherson, Manager of Community Relations at EDP Renewables. Send your nominations, and story recommendations, to rew@clarionevents.com. 1. What No One at COP28 Wanted to Say Out Loud: Prepare for 1.5 Degrees — New York Times 2. Volkswagen, Audi, And Porsche Finally Commit To Using Tesla’s NACS Plug — InsideEV’s 3. The United States is producing more oil than any country in history — CNN 4. US Treasury unveils rules for clean energy manufacturing subsidy — Reuters 5. The Power Grab — WOSU Public Media Watch the full episode on YouTube Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

Duration:00:15:44

Battery bubble or boom? It’s complicated

12/18/2023
Battery storage is booming in the U.S., and for good reason. So much intermittent renewable energy on the grid demands flexible resources to fill gaps. And, short of reverting back to fossil fuels, batteries are the best answer to support the energy transition. Investors have poured billions of dollars into battery storage development to cash in, largely based on speculative opportunities. But there's one problem: markets have been slow to evolve, leading to an uptick in consolidation and growing uncertainty about the path ahead. A battery bubble may be forming. What happens if it pops? Episode 70 of the Factor This! podcast answers that question by taking an intimate look at the two top battery markets in the U.S. — California and Texas — and their diverging trajectories. Guests: Jason Burwen, VP of Policy & Strategy, GridStor Cody Hill, SVP, REV Renewables Renae Steichen, Director of Regulatory Affairs, REV Renewables Watch the full episode on YouTube Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International. Watch every new episode of the Factor This! podcast on the Renewable Energy World YouTube channel, and make sure to subscribe while you're there!

Duration:00:57:24

This Week in Cleantech (12/15) — COP28, transmission win, and Tesla recall

12/15/2023
This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. This week’s episode features science journalist Maddie Stone who reported in Grist about the challenges facing electric vehicle battery repair. This Week in Cleantech — Dec. 15, 2023 This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is Robin Laine, co-founder and CEO of renewable SaaS company Transect. 1. Transmission rulings pave path for renewable energy — E&E News 2. Tesla recalls nearly all vehicles on US roads over lack of Autopilot safeguards — Reuters 3. Solar and Wind to Top Coal Power in US for First Time in 2024 — Bloomberg 4. Nations at COP28 Agree for First Time to Transition From Fossil Fuels — Wall Street Journal 5. EV battery repair is dangerous. Here’s why mechanics want to do it anyway — Grist Watch the full episode on YouTube Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

Duration:00:15:34

This Week in Cleantech (12/8/23) — Hydrogen rules leak, solar job losses, battery prices plummet

12/8/2023
This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. This week’s episode features Inside Climate News reporter Dan Gearino who breaks down plummeting prices for batteries, and why it's good news for the climate. This Week in Cleantech — Dec. 8, 2023 This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is Ryan Quint, Director of Engineering and Security Integration at NERC. You can hear more about Ryan in Episode 67 of Factor This! 1. Hydrogen Industry Signals Alarm Over Proposed US Tax Credits — Bloomberg 2. New California rules are crushing the solar industry — PBS 3. Treasury Department lays out EV tax credit foreign sourcing rules — Axios 4. Congress spent billions on EV chargers. But not one has come online — Politico 5. Battery Prices Are Falling Again, and That’s a Good Thing — Inside Climate News Watch the full episode on YouTube Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to rew@clarionevents.com. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

Duration:00:16:25

Dominion CEO Bob Blue on offshore wind, batteries, and the utility's role in the energy transition

12/4/2023
I first met Dominion Energy CEO Bob Blue at a shipping terminal in Norfolk, Virginia. We stood two years ago at the site that would one day support Dominion's buildout of the first commercial-scale offshore wind project in the U.S. Since then, Siemens Gamesa, the turbine manufacturer plagued by a billion-dollar quality control flop, has pulled out of that project. And Dominion's Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind farm is one of only a few to survive (so far) the rough seas facing the nascent industry. Offshore wind's future, while at times feeling bleak, got me thinking about the evolving role of investor-owned utilities in the energy transition. To be sure, utilities aren't seen as bastions of innovation, and are often criticized for slow-walking the fight against climate change. But maybe no other entity is equipped to shoulder the risk of incubating the raft of emerging technologies we desperately need for decarbonization. Blue joined Episode 69 of the Factor This! podcast to break down Dominion's own ambitious carbon reduction plan, offshore wind's turbulent waters, and why the utility is leaning in on long-duration battery tech. Watch the full episode on YouTube Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International. Watch every new episode of the Factor This! podcast on the Renewable Energy World YouTube channel, and make sure to subscribe while you're there!

Duration:00:56:39

This Week in Cleantech (12/1/23) — 'Solar bros,' lithium jackpot, and a geothermal breakthrough

12/1/2023
This Week in Cleantech is a new, weekly podcast covering the most impactful stories in cleantech and climate in 15 minutes or less. This week’s episode features Associated Press green energy reporter Jennifer McDermott who breaks down a monumental achievement for enhanced geothermal energy. This Week in Cleantech — Dec. 1, 2023 This week’s “Cleantecher of the Week” is Lisa Jacobson, head of Business Council for Sustainable Energy. Send your nominations for "Cleantecher of the Week" to thisweekincleantech@tigercomm.us. 1. The Biden Energy Slush Fund — Wall Street Journal 2. How Solar Sales Bros Threaten the Green Energy Transition — TIME 3. BP pays £254mn to take full control of solar joint venture Lightsource — Financial Times 4. The Salton Sea has even more lithium than previously thought, new report finds — LA Times 5. New Google geothermal electricity project could be a milestone for clean energy — Associated Press Watch the full episode on YouTube Help make This Week in Cleantech the best it can be. Send feedback and story recommendations to ThisWeekInCleantech@tigercomm.us. And don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International.

Duration:00:17:04

Battery powerhouse Powin's new CEO eyes public markets

11/27/2023
Jeff Waters is always looking for a challenge. He thrives on chasing growth and the rush that comes by solving hard problems. And a maturing market often signals the need for a fresh start. So it may come as no surprise that Waters found his way to battery storage, and one of its darlings, Oregon-based Powin Energy. The company, with 3 GWh of assets in operation, and another 12 GWh in production, is steadily separating itself from a pack of would-be contenders. Waters got his start in semiconductors and later led solar module manufacturer Maxeon in its spinoff from SunPower into public markets. Only a few months into his new role as Powin's CEO, he's already positioning the company to be "IPO ready" for the time when the right opportunity arises. And it could be soon. On Episode 68 of the Factor This! podcast, Waters highlights opportunities ahead for battery storage, weighs in on concerns of market saturation, and discusses a potential IPO timeline. Watch the full episode on YouTube Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International. Watch every new episode of the Factor This! podcast on the Renewable Energy World YouTube channel, and make sure to subscribe while you're there!

Duration:00:54:20

Renewables are cleaning the grid. They're also messing it up

11/20/2023
Solar, wind, and battery projects are displacing fossil fuel assets in an urgent push to address the threats of climate change. But the race to decarbonize has created a new problem: In the absence of clear reliability standards, inverter-based resources are misbehaving and messing up the grid, despite repeated warnings. Episode 67 of the Factor This! podcast features Ryan Quint, who oversees engineering and security integration for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, which manages the bulk power system. Quint shares why the sprint to deploy clean energy assets is leaving the grid vulnerable to reliability failures, and why the U.S. can't slow-walk a fix. Watch the full episode on YouTube Register for the GridTECH Connect Forum - Southeast event taking place in Orlando on Feb. 26 using promo code "PODCAST" to receive 10%. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for developers, utilities, and regulators to collaborate on the critical issue of interconnection. All GridTECH Connect attendees also receive complimentary access to DISTRIBUTECH International. Watch every new episode of the Factor This! podcast on the Renewable Energy World YouTube channel, and make sure to subscribe while you're there!

Duration:01:00:59