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Welcome to the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast, a fresh take on North Carolina’s evolving clean energy policy landscape. Covering technologies such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biogas, electric vehicles, battery storage, and the whole nine yards. Hosted and produced by Matt Abele on behalf of NC Sustainable Energy Association.

Welcome to the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast, a fresh take on North Carolina’s evolving clean energy policy landscape. Covering technologies such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biogas, electric vehicles, battery storage, and the whole nine yards. Hosted and produced by Matt Abele on behalf of NC Sustainable Energy Association.

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Welcome to the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast, a fresh take on North Carolina’s evolving clean energy policy landscape. Covering technologies such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biogas, electric vehicles, battery storage, and the whole nine yards. Hosted and produced by Matt Abele on behalf of NC Sustainable Energy Association.

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English

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8288174876


Episodes

Episode 46: B1 (with the Force) of Clean Energy [Part 2]

4/7/2021
On this episode, we’re continuing our conversations on the stakeholder processes directed by the NC Clean Energy Plan. This time around though we’re focused on the North Carolina Energy Regulatory or B1 process. We sat down with Josh Brooks, formerly of RMI and now with Brooksform LLC to talk about the stakeholder processes that took place over the past year and the final report of recommendations published right before the end of 2020. If you’re interested in the topic of regulatory reform,...

Duration:00:54:12

Episode 45: A1 - We're Talking Carbon, Not the Steak Sauce (Part 1)

3/18/2021
On this episode, we’re chatting with Kate Konschnik, Climate & Energy Director at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions about the A1 recommendation from North Carolina’s Clean Energy Plan – decarbonizing the electric sector. Kate dives in and tells us more about the process and stakeholders in the room, along with some highlights from the final report titled ‘Power Sector Carbon Reduction: An Evaluation of Policies for North Carolina.’ To read the report that provides a...

Duration:00:47:15

Episode 44: Real Talk – Equity Diversity and Inclusiveness in Clean Energy

3/4/2021
On this episode, we’re talking about a topic that has been top of mind for a lot of people since the senseless killing of George Floyd last summer – systemic racism. We’ll address this topic and how it relates to clean energy. We have a chance to talk with Yuri Horwitz, CEO of Sol Systems, along with Sarah Slusser, CEO of Cypress Creek about the Renewables Forward Initiative and their efforts to address these issues through an industry-wide collaboration. We’ll also talk with Rebecca Chilton...

Duration:00:59:17

Episode 43 – We’re Off to the Offshore Races (Part 2) + Texas Takeaways

2/18/2021
We’re jumping right back in and diving in deep on the topic of offshore wind. Make sure you check out part 1 of this episode, before giving this a listen. In part 2, we continue our conversation with Abby Watson of Siemens Gamesa to talk about offshore wind manufacturing and the importance of a robust supply chain to the growth of the industry in the United States. We wrap up by talking to John Hardin of the NC Department of Commerce to highlight some of the recent developments from the...

Duration:00:47:58

Episode 42: We're Off to the Offshore Races (Part 1)

2/8/2021
On episode 42 we’re exploring the depths of offshore wind and covering all the angles. On this episode, we talk with Eric Thumma of Avangrid Renewables, who provides an update on the current status of offshore wind development in the state and a quick recap of the already developed wind farm in Eastern North Carolina. We also sit down with Abby Watson of Siemens Gamesa to talk about offshore wind manufacturing and the importance of a robust supply chain to the growth of the industry in the...

Duration:00:40:37

Episode 41: We’ve Got a Lot of Solar…Now Let’s Talk Jobs

1/21/2021
On this episode of the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast, we’re joined by D’Artagnan Beets, Workforce Development Project Lead at the Center 4 Energy Education, to talk about jobs, education, and training within the clean energy industry in North Carolina. We dive in to urgent workforce needs in the state to support the continued development and growth of utility-scale solar, while outlining the need to continue to diversify the workers supporting these efforts. To find out more about workforce...

Duration:00:32:42

Episode 40: Squeaky Clean is Over the Hill and We Had Quite the Guest List at our Birthday Party

12/22/2020
Join us on the final episode of 2020, as we look back and recap the speakers who joined us in our ten-part, six month long Making Energy Work webinar series. On today’s episode we’re taking a clean energy train ride through topics from net metering to creative financing for LMI communities and wrapping up with a special keynote guest. Throughout this virtual 2020 journey we were joined by the likes of Jeff St. John from Greentech Media, Holmes Hummel of Clean Energy Works, Sushma Masemore of...

Duration:00:50:17

Episode 39: Let’s Celebrate the End of 2020…and Some Clean Energy Champions Too!

12/10/2020
On this episode of the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast we’re joined by our friends Susan Monroe, Director of Economic Development with the Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, and Laurie Barnhart, Executive Director of Conservatives for Clean Energy – North Carolina, to talk about some of the outstanding businesses and legislators supporting clean energy here in our state. We recap the award winners of the 2020 Clean Energy Champions event, talk a little bit of NASCAR, and salivate over...

Duration:00:34:18

Episode 38: The Results are In…Clean Energy is a Winner

11/20/2020
On this episode of the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast we’re joined by NCSEA lobbyists Julie Robinson and Betsy McCorkle to break down the results of the 2020 elections in North Carolina and how those results might impact clean energy. Tune in to hear about the future of the Clean Energy Plan under a second term Cooper Administration, along with additional opportunities for clean energy legislation at the NC General Assembly. We say goodbye to some longtime clean energy friendly legislators,...

Duration:00:41:14

Episode 37: We're Going Back to School

11/5/2020
On episode 37, we’re sitting down with Katie Lebrato of NC GreenPower to learn more about their Solar+ Schools program. Collectively, the program has already installed PV systems at 42 schools across the state, leading to nearly 150 million pounds of greenhouse gases mitigated by these and other carbon offset projects. Even further, over 31,000 students have already had a chance to learn more about solar and clean energy through the grant program to date. Tune in to hear how voluntary...

Duration:00:33:18

Episode 36: Gettin’ Schooled on Clean Energy

10/15/2020
In episode 36, we’re going back to college to learn about clean energy (well kind of). We’re actually talking with Lee Ball, Chief Sustainability Officer at Appalachian State University and Casey Collins, Energy Manager at Duke University to learn how these institutions have positioned themselves as regional and nationwide leaders in clean energy. On this episode, we hear about how goals that were created at the very first Appalachian Energy Summit in 2012 have become reality with more than...

Duration:00:57:27

Episode 35: The Cleanest Form of Energy is the Energy You Never Use

10/1/2020
In episode 35, we’re sitting down with Rachel Gold of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy to discuss the findings of their most recent report – How Energy Efficiency Can Help Rebuild North Carolina’s Economy. https://www.aceee.org/research-report/u2007 The report outlines a series of benefits energy efficiency could afford our state, including $5.9 billion in savings for businesses and customers, an 11% reduction towards NC’s greenhouse gas goals by 2030, and a return of...

Duration:00:39:54

We’ve Got Lots of Friends in Clean Energy – 112,720 to Be Exact

9/17/2020
In episode 34 of the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast, we’re talking jobs – clean energy jobs that is. We’re jumping back in the time machine to talk about the inception of NCSEA’s NC Clean Energy Jobs Census – developed to track the impacts of clean energy policy in creating new jobs across the state. Since then, this work has expanded into a partnership with the national organization E2, who also tracks clean energy job growth throughout the country. In this episode, we hear the results of the...

Duration:00:42:38

The $8 Billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline Was Cancelled: Learn Why and What it Means for Clean Energy

7/24/2020
In this episode, we sit down with David Neal of Southern Environmental Law Center to discuss the recent cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The ACP was initially a $4.5 billion proposed project, but eventually ballooned to $8 billion until it was finally cancelled. This decision was a shocker to many in the industry, but not surprising that the project was too expensive, infeasible, and unjustified. Hear about why this massive fossil fuel project failed, and what it means for...

Duration:00:33:29

There's a New Clean Energy Podcast in Town!

7/9/2020
In this episode, we speak with Kiersten Williams, who is the host of a new clean energy podcast being presented by the Cleantech and Innovation Program at UNC Chapel Hill's Institute for the Environment. The new show is called "Innovating to a Clean Economy." We talk about IE Cleantech's work in North Carolina, and how this exciting new show will continue to advance the growth of NC's clean energy future. To learn more about NCSEA's "Making Energy Work" webinar and register for the upcoming...

Duration:00:22:26

Squeaky Clean Turns One! The Greatest Hits Of Year 1

6/25/2020
The Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast turns 1! After a year of "bringing the latest in clean energy, right to your ears," we are looking back on the highlights that have made Squeaky Clean the leading podcast for clean energy developments in North Carolina. Tune in for the greatest hits, featuring Governor Roy Cooper, NC DEQ Sec. Michael Regan, Fifth Third Bank CEO Greg Carmichael, NBA All-Star David West, and more! Presented by NC Sustainable Energy Association. Hosted and produced by Ben...

Duration:00:32:11

Stopping the National Attack on Solar: A Deep Dive on Net Metering and How to Save It

6/11/2020
In this episode, we are learning about a national development that could upend the rooftop solar industry and reduce the amount that rooftop systems, both residential and commercial, are compensated for their excess generated energy. We sit down with the head of Solar United Neighbors (SUN), Anya Schoolman, about how people can step up and stop this attack on solar rights. NCSEA's Daniel Brookshire also weighs in with the North Carolina perspective. To engage and stop the attack on solar,...

Duration:00:31:07

Telling The Story Of Clean Energy: How A Top Clean Energy Lobbyist Advances Policy

5/28/2020
In this episode, we're sitting down with one of North Carolina's top clean energy advocates and lobbyists, Julie Robinson. Julie has spent more than a decade working to advance clean energy policy in her home state. We discuss the major clean energy developments in NC, and Julie shares key insight on the best ways to communicate the importance of clean energy to leaders and lawmakers. You can follow Julie on Twitter-- @JulieRobinsonNC. Presented by NC Sustainable Energy Association. Hosted...

Duration:00:32:16

On A Roll: How NC is Fully Charged and Ready for Electric Vehicles

5/15/2020
In this episode, we sit down (virtually, of course) with two clean energy leaders in NC who are advancing electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. Featured in this episode are Cassie Gavin of the Sierra Club and Marcy Bauer of EVGo. From the NC Zero Emissions Vehicle Plan to policy developments at the NC General Assembly, we've got you covered with everything you need to know about EVs in our state. Presented by NC Sustainable Energy Association. Hosted and produced by Ben Stockdale....

Duration:00:29:36

So You Wanna Start a Clean Energy Business? A Conversation with a Clean Energy Entrepreneur

4/30/2020
In this episode, we sit down (at a safe virtual distance) with clean energy business leader and entrepreneur Zack Hobbs, who founded Carolina Solar Services in 2015. Zack is a North Carolina native and speaks about what it's like to start a clean energy business in NC, how he started in clean energy, and how COVID-19 has affected his company and others in the clean energy industry. Presented by NC Sustainable Energy Association. Hosted and Produced by Ben Stockdale. Our featured NCSEA...

Duration:00:33:07