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Conversations about the global energy transformation The Interchange is a weekly podcast on the global energy transformation, hosted by Stephen Lacey and Shayle Kann. Each week, the duo provide deep insights into technology trends, markets, projects, company financials, mergers and acquisitions, policy changes, and market data. Join us as we go deep on the forces disrupting energy markets around the world.

Conversations about the global energy transformation The Interchange is a weekly podcast on the global energy transformation, hosted by Stephen Lacey and Shayle Kann. Each week, the duo provide deep insights into technology trends, markets, projects, company financials, mergers and acquisitions, policy changes, and market data. Join us as we go deep on the forces disrupting energy markets around the world.
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Conversations about the global energy transformation The Interchange is a weekly podcast on the global energy transformation, hosted by Stephen Lacey and Shayle Kann. Each week, the duo provide deep insights into technology trends, markets, projects, company financials, mergers and acquisitions, policy changes, and market data. Join us as we go deep on the forces disrupting energy markets around the world.

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Episodes

Live: Energy Storage Trends of 2018, Oscars Style

12/13/2018
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This week, we've got a live episode recorded at GTM's storage summit. We'll talk about the hottest energy storage stories of 2018, Oscars style. Julian Spector and Stephen Lacey debate nominees and award recipients in the following categories: If you didn't make it to the summit, GTM Squared members can watch every single panel here. The Interchange is brought to you by Sungrow. Sungrow is the leading pure-play solar inverter supplier with a range of solutions for both solar and storage...

Duration:00:46:28

Europe ’18 Tour: Brexit Chaos, French Gas Riots, & Polish Climate Talks

12/4/2018
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This week, we’re road tripping across Europe. In Poland’s coal country, diplomats are breathing in smog-filled air, preparing to strengthen a global climate deal. In France, angry protestors are rioting in the streets over a gas tax as part of the president’s climate policy. And in the U.K., Britons may leave the European Union without a deal in place, threatening the health of energy markets and the economics of renewable power plants. So as we close out the year, what better time to...

Duration:00:43:01

Blockchain in 2018: Where Are We in the Hype Cycle?

11/30/2018
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We’re back with another edition of “consensus” this week. GTM Co-Founder Scott Clavenna joins us to explain the arcane and hyped up world of blockchain to our listeners in the energy business. We promised not to discuss blockchain on The Interchange until we saw some newsworthy developments — now we have too much to sift through. So we’re going to survey the most important stories of the last year. We’ll start with a quick rundown of Amazon’s plan to develop blockchain-as-a-service: does...

Duration:00:47:27

A Game of 'Would You Rather' for Energy Wonks

11/20/2018
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There are tradeoffs to everything in energy. So why not put those tradeoffs to a test? We recently crowdsourced some "would you rather" scenarios from our listeners. On this week's Interchange podcast, we'll choose our favorites and debate the scenarios. Here are the scenarios: Bryan BirsicEric HittingerElizabeth BuechlerMichael NobleMatt-Stephens RichBrinda ThomasSupport for this podcast comes from Wunder Capital. Wunder Capital is the leading commercial solar financing company in the...

Duration:00:32:32

Plugging 'Plant Factories' Into the Grid

11/12/2018
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When you grow plants with electrons rather than the sun, what happens to the grid? This week, we’re talking about the energy profile of indoor plant factories. Indoor farming is having a moment. Venture capitalists are investing hundreds of millions of dollars into vertical farming startups growing in urban, industrial facilities. Cities are easing restrictions to encourage more plant factories. And even Elon Musk’s cousin founded a vertical farm. We’re tackling this booming business:...

Duration:00:31:33

8 Bets About the Future

11/5/2018
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This week, we’re taking bets on the future of energy. Shayle wrote a piece celebrating his colleague’s expected daughter, nicknamed Bug. Bug will be born at the beginning of 2019. She’ll enter high school in 2033 and turn 30 in 2049. What will her future look like? In this episode, we outline 8 different scenarios that Bug may face in her lifetime — and decide whether or not to take Shayle’s bets. The bets: Would you take these bets? Hit us up on Twitter!

Duration:00:42:30

The Solar Window Shopper

10/30/2018
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How are residential customers shopping for solar? This week, Stephen shares his solar experience. He’ll explain how and why he made his decision — and what it tells us about the way people look for solar offerings today. Brian Sadler, the VP of project development at Revolusun, describes the residential solar sales cycle. Vikram Aggarwal, the CEO of EnergySage, talks about how installers can better serve the solar window shopper. Josh Garrett, an account director at Antenna Group, shares...

Duration:00:32:00

Are Buildings Smart Yet?

10/15/2018
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This week, a conversation with Joe Aamidor, an expert on smart buildings. Over the last two years, large multinational energy firms have dumped billions of dollars into commercial energy management — acquiring companies in smart lighting, demand response, battery storage, energy billing, microgrids, smart controls and software. But there’s no one-size fits all approach to the built environment. Creating a scalable business that serves the diverse needs of building owners is tough. Joe...

Duration:00:28:39

Meet the Women Closing Solar Deals [Original Content From Wunder]

10/10/2018
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This week, we present an original podcast, brought to you by Wunder Capital. Katie and Becca do a lot of solar deals. They're closing tens of millions in commercial solar projects every month. Karen is an SREC trader and longtime real estate pro. She recently approached Katie and Becca with a complicated merchant solar project. The three of them worked hard to refinance the project -- and when it was all over, formed a deep relationship. Katie Lynch is lead director of finance at Wunder...

Duration:00:17:48

Electric Aviation Is Coming

10/2/2018
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Self-flying electric airplanes are closer than you think. But how close? Andrew Beebe, managing director at Obvious Ventures, has been watching the space intently. His firm recently invested in Lilium, a startup making a vertical takeoff and landing jet. "In the near future, this industry could vastly change how and where we all live, work and play. There are indeed threats and challenges to this vision, but the wheels are already in motion, and the future is much closer than most people...

Duration:00:42:58

Judge Kavanaugh's Past

9/26/2018
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Everyone is paying close attention to Judge Brett Kavanaugh. On Thursday, Trump's Supreme Court nominee will face questions from Congress about alleged sexual assaults. In most cases, Supreme Court confirmation hearings aren't made-for-television affairs. But a new poll out from PBS and NPR shows that 58 percent of Americans will be paying attention to this week’s confirmation hearings. Since so many people are fixated on Judge Kavanaugh, it’s a good opportunity to discuss his extensive...

Duration:00:26:19

Untangling Solar and Storage Markets

9/6/2018
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This week, we take stock of the market for solar and storage. How much solar and storage are getting built — and at what cost? We’re joined by MJ Shiao, director of Americas research for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, for a look at the factors currently driving PV development and battery deployments. We'll answer: Support for The Interchange comes from Wunder Capital. According to GTM Research , Wunder Capital is the leading commercial solar financing company in the United States....

Duration:00:30:41

Where Did All Those Electric Scooters Come From?

8/28/2018
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This spring, electric bikes and electric scooters started showing up on the streets of a handful of major U.S. cities in droves. Where did they come from? They were put there by a new breed of Silicon Valley companies focused on creating a new "last mile" ride sharing service. The startups have spread so quickly, Uber and Lyft are now trying to get in on the action. This week, we talk with Emily Warren, the senior director of public policy at Lime. Lime one of the leading "micromobility"...

Duration:00:31:38

Best and Worst Cleantech Ad Campaigns of All Time

8/21/2018
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The clean energy industry may not have a lot of money to spend collectively on advertisements. But over the years, we've seen numerous TV ads, infographics, slogans, and all kinds of marketing campaigns from individual companies. So this week, we are going to rank some of our favorite – and least favorite – marketing efforts. We'll also debate the perennial question: do we need a "Got Milk" campaign for clean energy? We're joined by Tor Valenza, a marketing expert better known as Solar...

Duration:00:41:21

The Always-On Energy Vampires in Your Home

8/14/2018
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This week, we’ve got an investigation into the always-on vampires lurking in your home. Actually, one vampire in particular: your DVR box. The engineers over at Sense Labs recently started opening up and testing DVR boxes. They found that power-save mode doesn’t actually do anything — it only saves about a watt of energy. Compared to smart televisions, gaming consoles or smart phones, the power-save mode of DVR boxes is abysmal. But the cable industry says that it’s the overall efficiency...

Duration:00:39:18

How a Solar Bromance Cracked the Code for Commercial PV [Original Content From Wunder]

8/7/2018
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This week, we present an original podcast, brought to you by Wunder Capital. If you’re interested in learning more about is connecting investors and installers at a record pace, read the company’s 2018 mid-year review. Nick and Nick are good friends. They’re fellow solar geeks. They do business together. In fact, they may have cracked the commercial solar code together. Nick Kerwin is the director of partner development at Wunder Capital. Nick Giannotti is the president of New Columbia...

Duration:00:12:19

Watt It Takes: How Schwarzenegger’s Chief of Staff Built a Battery Company

7/30/2018
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This week on Watt It Takes: We’ll hear from Susan Kennedy, the CEO of Advanced Microgrid Solutions, about her transition from politics to behind-the-meter energy storage. Kennedy was an important player in California environmental politics. She influenced some of the biggest pieces of legislation that launched the state’s solar industry and cap-and-trade market. She also worked as a senior advisor to some the biggest names in both parties, including Dianne Feinstein and Arnold...

Duration:01:01:41

Can the Eco-Right Push Republicans on Climate?

7/23/2018
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Ten years ago, in the summer of 2009, the U.S. House passed a landmark cap-and-trade bill. Then it died in the Senate a year later. The politics of climate have been completely frozen ever since. The rise of the Tea Party, Republican anti-Obama sentiment, and an influx of money against pro-climate candidates derailed the issue. Republicans stopped engaging — and the ones who did believe in finding solutions were either "primaried" out of office, or just fell silent. One group, RepublicEN,...

Duration:00:48:34

Energy Policy in a Tweet

7/17/2018
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Elon Musk recently laid out his plan for a government on Mars in one tweet: “Direct democracy by the people. Laws must be short, as there is trickery in length. Automatic expiration of rules to prevent death by bureaucracy. Any rule can be removed by 40% of people to overcome inertia. Freedom.” That got us thinking. Could we craft an ideal U.S. energy policy in less than 280 characters? On this week’s podcast, take up the challenge. Stephen and Shayle will each lay out their overall...

Duration:00:32:17

Ode to the Pivot!

7/11/2018
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Ah, the pivot. Did you know that Nokia started out as a paper mill in Finland? Or that Nintendo once made instant rice? Many of the world's leading companies start out in radically different markets. Cleantech is the same. Sales cycles are often slow, technologies don't work as planned, and customer needs are constantly evolving. In the tumultuous world of energy, companies pivot all the time. On this week's episode of The Interchange, we celebrate the pivot. We'll look back throughout...

Duration:00:38:23