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Bioenergy—Sixth in a six-part series with the Maryland Clean Energy Center (Ep. 53)

9/28/2018
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Welcome to the sixth and final episode in a special series of More Power To You, produced in partnership with the Maryland Clean Energy Center for National Clean Energy Week 2018. Each episode spotlights a different clean energy technology, and features some of the people and companies leading the way in Maryland. In this episode, we focus on bioenergy. My guests are Shawn Kreloff, CEO of the Americas for BTS BioEnergy, and Andy Moss, Technical Director for Planet Found Energy...

Duration:00:51:17

Electric Mobility—Fifth in a six-part series with the Maryland Clean Energy Center (Ep. 52)

9/27/2018
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Welcome to Part Five in a special six-part series of More Power To You, produced in partnership with the Maryland Clean Energy Center for National Clean Energy Week 2018. Each episode spotlights a different clean energy technology, and features some of the people and companies leading the way in Maryland. This week’s focus is electric transportation. My guests are: Electric Drive Transportation AssociationSemaConnectGenerate CapitalBYD For the interview I sat down in person with...

Duration:00:44:25

Offshore Wind Energy—Fourth in a six-part series with the Maryland Clean Energy Center (Ep.51)

9/26/2018
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Welcome to Part Four in a special six-part series of More Power To You, produced in partnership with the Maryland Clean Energy Center for National Clean Energy Week 2018. Each episode spotlights a different clean energy technology, and features some of the people and companies leading the way in Maryland. This week’s focus is offshore wind energy, and my guest is someone who’ll be familiar to regular listeners: Liz Burdock, President and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore...

Duration:00:31:19

Distributed Energy Resources—Third in a six-part series with the Maryland Clean Energy Center (Ep. 50)

9/25/2018
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Welcome to Part Three in a special six-part series of More Power To You, produced in partnership with the Maryland Clean Energy Center for National Clean Energy Week 2018. Each episode spotlights a different clean energy technology, and features some of the people and companies leading the way in Maryland. In this episode we focus on distributed energy solutions. My guests are: American Microgrid SolutionsUniversity of Maryland Energy and Innovation InstituteIon Storage...

Duration:02:38:56

Solar Energy in Maryland —Second in a six-part series with the Maryland Clean Energy Center (Ep.49)

9/24/2018
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Welcome to Part Two in a special six-part series of More Power To You, produced in partnership with the Maryland Clean Energy Center for National Clean Energy Week 2018. Each of these episodes spotlights a different clean energy technology, and features some of the people and companies leading the way in Maryland. In this episode, the second in the series, we focus on solar energy in Maryland. My guests are David Murray, Executive Director of MDV-SEIA; Cyrus Tashakkori, President of...

Duration:02:46:03

Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment—First in a six-part series with the Maryland Clean Energy Center (Ep.48)

9/23/2018
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Welcome to a special six-part series of More Power To You, produced in partnership with the Maryland Clean Energy Center for National Clean Energy Week 2018. Each of these six episodes spotlights a different clean energy technology, and features some of the people and companies leading the way in Maryland. In this episode, the first in the series, we focus on Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment. My three guests all wear multiple hats: they run small businesses and also serve in...

Duration:00:59:45

The Greening of a Marine Port, with Christine Houston of the Port of Long Beach (Ep.47)

9/10/2018
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In this episode of More Power To You we explore the nexus of electrification, transportation and industrial marine ports. My guest is Christine Houston, Manager of Sustainable Practices at the Port of Long Beach, the 2nd largest port in the country and a national leader in electrification. In our conversation we touch on a range of issues including why the Port is pursuing electrification in the first place, what’s involved in electrifying a massive marine port, the implications of...

Duration:00:38:52

Energy Efficiency, Southern Style -- with Mandy Mahoney, President of SEEA (Ep.46)

8/27/2018
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In this episode we take a regional look at energy efficiency in the Southeastern U.S. My guest is Mandy Mahoney, President of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, or SEEA. We start off by discussing the concept of energy efficiency and what it means these days, and then dive into SEEA’s energy efficiency work in the South, including the energy equity work that SEEA is doing in high poverty and often rural communities. Mandy, a native-born Southerner, shares her perspective on some of...

Duration:00:20:06

Clean Energy Advocacy–Progressive Style, with Craig Auster of LCV (Ep.45)

8/6/2018
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This is the second of two episodes in which we look at clean energy advocacy and politics from different political points of view, as we approach November's midterm elections. This week we hear a progressive perspective from Craig Auster, PAC and Advocacy Partnerships Director at the League of Conservation Voters. We begin the conversation with a discussion about what LCV is and does, and then get into the politics. Show references include: Emily's ListRep. Terri...

Duration:00:41:26

Clean Energy Advocacy–Conservative Style, with Charles Hernick of CRES Forum and CRES (Ep.44)

7/23/2018
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This is the first of two episodes in which we look at clean energy advocacy and politics from different political points of view. In today's show I sit down with Charles Hernick, Director of Policy and Advocacy at CRES Forum and its political arm, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, for the conservative perspective. We begin the conversation with Charles explaining CRES Forum's goal and mission. Charles then discusses CRES Forum's National Clean Energy Week initiative, what it's...

Duration:00:50:04

Analytics, AI and the Future of the Grid, with Sonny Garg of Uptake (Ep.43)

6/11/2018
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In this episode we focus on data, analytics, artificial intelligence and their impact on the electric grid. My guest is Sonny Garg, Managing Director of Global Energy Solutions at Uptake. We start this fascinating and wide ranging conversation with a look at how data and predictive analytics are being used to maximize the uptime, productivity and efficiency of our existing generation fleet. We then explore some ways in which artificial intelligence and machine learning are enabling large...

Duration:00:29:55

Alaska in Focus, with REAP Executive Director Chris Rose (Ep. 42)

6/5/2018
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In this episode of the podcast we focus on Alaska's unique energy landscape. Our guest is Chris Rose, Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project, or REAP. We begin with an overview of energy in Alaska today, then delve into the unique way Alaska's grid operates without oversight from FERC—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission—and how reforming the grid's system-wide governance can improve efficiency and reliability and reduce costs. We look into the reasons behind the...

Duration:00:22:12

Community Solar: Trends, Models and Case Studies, with Dan Chwastyk, K Kaufmann and Jared Leader from SEPA (Ep.41)

5/14/2018
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In this episode we look at the current landscape for community solar, including trends, financing models and case studies. We close with a prediction about the state of community solar five to ten years in the future. My guests are Dan Chwastyk, K Kaufmann and Jared Leader from SEPA, the Smart Electric Power Alliance. Three new reports from SEPA serve as the basis for our discussion. SEPA's reports referenced in the show: Community Solar Program Design ModelsFinancing Community-Based...

Duration:01:50:11

What's the Buzz? with Rob Davis, Director of the Center for Pollinators in Energy (Ep.40)

5/14/2018
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In this episode we focus on pollinator-friendly habitat and its inclusion in solar developments. My guest is Rob Davis, Director of the Center for Pollinators in Energy at Fresh Energy, a public interest non-profit based in St. Paul, Minnesota. We start by discussing the energy landscape in Minnesota, and then we get into pollinator-friendly habitat—best practices, finances, and benefits it offers solar developers which can help build support among community and agricultural stakeholders....

Duration:02:00:28

Electric Vehicles in the Southeast, with Anne Blair, Clean Fuels Director at SACE (Ep.39)

4/30/2018
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In this episode we review the electric vehicle landscape in the Southeast. My guest is Anne Blair, Clean Fuels Director at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and one of the driving forces behind Electrify the South. We first discuss the factors affecting EV adoption in Georgia, then cover Florida, North Carolina and other states. Anne also touches on the Volkswagen diesel settlement, the NextCar Pledge, and the relationship of offshore oil drilling to EV adoption. References...

Duration:02:11:56

In Person at IPF: Jersey Shore Winds, with NJ BPU President Joseph Fiordaliso (Ep.38)

4/16/2018
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In this episode I sit down for a brief conversation with Joe Fiordaliso, President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. It's an exciting time for clean energy in New Jersey: the state has a new governor and a new BPU president, and both are committed to positioning the state as a national leader in clean energy. This is the second of two interviews I recorded at the 2018 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum, or IPF, hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind earlier...

Duration:00:53:32

In Person at IPF: Prevailing Winds and Opinions, with Dr. Jeremy Firestone, Univ. of Delaware (Ep.37)

4/16/2018
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In this episode we explore public sentiment about offshore wind farms and the importance of community engagement in shaping it. My guest is Dr. Jeremy Firestone, Director of the Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration and Professor of Marine Policy at the University of Delaware. His research on public sentiment about the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island serves as the basis for our conversation. References: Wind in the sails or choppy seas?: People-place relations, aesthetics and...

Duration:01:35:27

Solar in the Southeast, with Bryan Jacob of SACE (Ep.36)

4/2/2018
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In this episode we take a deep dive look at the solar market in the southeastern U.S. My guest is Bryan Jacob, Solar Program Director at SACE, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. We use SACE's new report Solar in the Southeast as the basis for our conversation. We start by discussing the report's methodology, then delve into the solar landscape in the seven states the report covers, including the political and policy activity shaping the numbers. We close by considering the possible...

Duration:02:35:28

Power for the People, with Elin Katz, Connecticut Consumer Counsel and President of NASUCA (Ep.35)

3/19/2018
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In this episode we look at the energy transition from the perspective of one of its key players—the Consumer Advocate. My guest is Elin Katz, Connecticut's Consumer Counsel and the current president of NASUCA, the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates. We first explore broadly what the consumer's interest is; then we look at energy storage and electric vehicles; and we close by contemplating the convergence of utilities such as electricity and telecom, and how the focus of...

Duration:01:59:54

Offshore Winds 2018, with Liz Burdock, Executive Director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind (Ep.34)

3/5/2018
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The offshore wind industry is growing quickly! Liz Burdock, Executive Director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind, returns to the podcast almost a year after our first conversation to discuss the outlook for offshore wind today. Liz presents an overview of state-level offshore wind developments on both coasts; discusses the implications of technological advances for future offshore wind development; shares news about the Network's work with federal partners to establish national...

Duration:00:53:39