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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...

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

Clean Energy and the Built Environment, with NESEA Chair Phil Kaplan (Ep.33)

2/19/2018
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This week we take a look at how the clean energy transition is impacting our built environment, as seen through the eyes of an architect with more than two decades of experience in green design. Our guest is Phil Kaplan, Principal at Kaplan Thompson Architects in Portland, Maine and the current Chair of NESEA, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (and a fellow podcaster). Our wide-ranging conversation touches on net zero buildings, integrated design, the economics of residential...

Duration:00:26:57

Illinois in Focus, with IEC's Jen Walling and ELPC's MeLena Hessel (Ep.32)

2/19/2018
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In this episode we take a look at how the clean energy transition is playing out in the Land of Lincoln. Jen Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council, and MeLena Hessel, Policy Advocate with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, join me for a discussion about the policy and political developments shaping Illinois' clean energy economy. Resources mentioned include: Future Energy Jobs ActIllinois Clean Jobs Coalition Recorded February 14, 2018. Published...

Duration:00:21:57

How will POTUS' solar tariff decision impact the industry? With John Berger, CEO of Sunnova (Ep.31)

1/22/2018
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For almost a year, one of the hottest topics among solar insiders has been the Suniva trade case. Its petition for the President to impose import duties on certain solar photovoltaic cells and modules created market uncertainty, galvanized the vast majority of the solar industry in opposition to the petition, and left everyone wondering--as usual--what the President would decide. Today, the President issued his decision, bringing the long guessing game to an end. Now the question becomes,...

Duration:01:47:38

EVs in the Garden State, with Pam Frank, CEO of ChargEVC

1/8/2018
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One of the big stories in clean energy in recent years has been the electrification of transportation. For our first show of 2018 we're sticking with that theme and discussing the EV landscape in New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic. Our guest is Pam Frank, CEO of ChargEVC, a new organization based in New Jersey. References mentioned in the show include: Gabel AssociatesNew Jersey Coalition of Auto Retailers (NJCAR)Gov.-Elect Phil Murphy's Transition TeamIslesForthAlliance for Transportation...

Duration:00:40:35

MPTY's 2017 Year-End Mashup

12/21/2017
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Since MPTY launched nine months ago, we've covered the clean energy landscape from solar to wind, hydrokinetic to nuclear, biofuels to electric vehicles, battery storage and more. Our shows have been downloaded thousands of times, in 45 states and more than 30 countries. Enjoy this brief audio mashup that sprints through all of our 2017 interview episodes, starting with our very first show. Thank you to my podcast mentors Tim Hamilton (The Maryland Crabs) and Scott MacMullan (The...

Duration:00:10:17

What will our electric grid look like in the future? A conversation about SEPA's 51st State Initiative, with Christine Stearn and Tanuj Deora of SEPA (Ep.29)

12/11/2017
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Our electric grid is in the midst of arguably its biggest transformation of the last hundred years. Changes in technology, different regulatory approaches, new business models, as well as the rise of distributed generation in which consumers generate their own power behind the meter—all of these factors are fundamentally upending our traditional electric grid, as well as making people question what the role of the utility should be in the future. Joining the podcast to discuss the grid of...

Duration:00:54:38

From EDTA's Leader Series: The New Movers In Electric Mobility: Public/Private Collaboration (Ep.28)

11/3/2017
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This is the third of three episodes recorded at the Electric Drive Transportation Association’s first Leader Series Event, held at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, D.C. Titled Beyond the Beltway, the event brought together market and policy influencers to detail market trends and policy initiatives outside Washington that are driving the future of electric transportation. This episode brings you the event’s closing panel, The New Movers in Electric Mobility: Public/Private...

Duration:01:03:50

From EDTA's Leader Series: Sue Gander, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (Ep.27)

11/3/2017
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This is the second of three episodes recorded at the Electric Drive Transportation Association’s first Leader Series Event, held this week at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, D.C. Titled Beyond the Beltway, the event brought together market and policy influencers to detail market trends and policy initiatives outside Washington that are driving the future of electric transportation. This episode brings you remarks from Sue Gander, Director of Energy, Environment and...

Duration:00:17:31

From EDTA's Leader Series: Scaling Solutions: Regional Electrification Strategies (Ep.26)

11/3/2017
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This is the first of three episodes recorded at the Electric Drive Transportation Association’s first Leader Series Event, held yesterday at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, D.C. Titled Beyond the Beltway, the event brought together market and policy influencers to detail market trends and policy initiatives outside Washington that are driving the future of electric transportation. This episode brings you the event’s opening panel, titled Scaling Solutions: Regional...

Duration:01:04:03

Energy Storage Snapshot, with Tanuj Deora and Nick Esch of SEPA (Ep. 25)

10/16/2017
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In this episode, we dive into energy storage with Chief Content Officer Tanuj Deora and Senior Associate Nick Esch of SEPA, the Smart Electric Power Alliance. SEPA recently issued its annual Utility Storage Market which serves as the basis for our conversation. I start off with a ridiculously corny joke, then we get into the types of energy storage SEPA tracks; SEPA's methodology and key findings; ways in which state policies drive deployment; several different ways in which utilities are...

Duration:00:38:20

Road Tripping for National Drive Electric Week, with Bruce Jones and Lauri Keagle (Ep. 24)

10/2/2017
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National Drive Electric Week, sponsored by Plug-In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, is billed as a "national celebration" of electric vehicles. Hundreds of locally organized ride-and-drive events are held throughout the week across the country and overseas. I was in Chicago last month during the last few days of National Drive Electric Week 2017, and stopped by two nearby events to check out the current EV landscape in the Midwest. First up in this episode is...

Duration:00:20:16

Rural Development, with Bill Menner and Bill McGowan (Ep. 23)

9/18/2017
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In this episode we focus on rural America with two former state directors for USDA Rural Development: Bill Menner and Bill McGowan. Our conversation begins with a discussion about the need for homegrown local leadership to act as a sparkplug, and continues with why some rural communities struggle while others survive; the importance of broadband connectivity for rural economic development, and the need for government financial support for it; the economics and politics of clean energy in...

Duration:00:48:23

Ocean Energy at the Outer Banks, with Dr. Lindsay Dubbs from North Carolina's Renewable Ocean Energy Program (Ep.22)

8/21/2017
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North Carolina's Outer Banks are a popular vacation spot for millions of families who come for the hundreds of miles of sandy beaches, the surf and the sun. The Outer Banks are also well known historically as the place where the Wright Brothers first pioneered controlled flight more than 100 years ago. These days, the Outer Banks are also the site of research into a new clean energy technology: marine hydrokinetic energy. On this episode of the podcast we are joined by Dr. Lindsay Dubbs,...

Duration:00:39:44

Electric Vehicles, Managed Charging and Utilities, with Erika Myers, Director of Research at SEPA (Ep. 21)

7/24/2017
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Electric Vehicles (EVs) represent the largest new source of electric load since the air conditioner was invented. They also represent new, flexible sources of distributed energy resources (DERs) that can put power back into the grid. In this episode we delve into these challenges and opportunities with Erika Myers, Director of Research at SEPA, the Smart Electric Power Alliance. Erika authored a recent report titled Utilities and Electric Vehicles: The Case for Managed Charging which...

Duration:00:27:25

Picking up the PACE, with Gerard Neely, Manager of Maryland Commercial PACE (Ep.20)

7/10/2017
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This episode is all about Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE -- a relatively new financing mechanism that allows property owners to pay for energy efficiency and clean energy upgrades without spending a dime out of pocket. Our guest is Gerard Neely, Manager of Maryland Commercial PACE, a statewide administrator for commercial PACE projects across Maryland. We discuss how the PACE financing mechanism works; how PACE got its start; the extent to which PACE has been adopted nationally;...

Duration:00:38:17

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