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GNM 9 - NYC Divests

1/19/2018
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On January 10th, New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio announced the city was divesting its pension funds from fossil fuels, in addition to suing five major fossil fuel firms. New York is the first major U.S. city to divest from fossil fuels, and its actions may well be replicated by other cities. Hannah and Andrew give you the full story in this weeks Good News Minute!

Duration:00:02:00


GNM 8 - FERC rejects Perry's NOPR

1/10/2018
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Last September, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry introduced proposed regulatory rule changes to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in an attempt to prop-up the fading coal industry. After months of review, FERC has unanimously rejected Perry's proposal, a massive victory for renewable energy, the environment, and public health. Spencer and Andrew explain in this special Good News Minute,

Duration:00:02:46


Series 3 Episode 4 - Outage Solutions and Microgrids

1/4/2018
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In the final episode of "What Happens When the Grid Goes Dark?", Andrew and Spencer look into the solutions that can help make our electrical grids more stable, secure, and democratic. First, Synapse Energy Economics principal associate Max Chang gives a rundown of what "storm hardening" really means. Then, founder and chairman of Clean Energy Solutions Inc. David Dayton sits down to talk about exciting microgrid technologies, how organizations and communities can come together to promote...

Duration:00:14:09


GNM 7 - Getting The Numbers Right

12/20/2017
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The information organizations use to create financial models for energy investments in developing economies is so important. In the rapidly changing world of renewable energy technology, the cost of off-grid solar and storage units can change overnight. It's hugely important that we use accurate, up-to-date data when we assess the feasibility of these projects. Spencer and Andrew look into how a British company has been updating these metrics, and what that might mean for international...

Duration:00:01:59


Series 3 Episode 3 - Large-Scale Blackouts

12/13/2017
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In Episode 3 of "What Happens When The Grid Goes Dark?" Spencer and Andrew delve into the complexities of large scale blackouts, such as those caused by hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Houston this past year. Synapse Energy Economics principal associate Max Chang sits down to provide them with the insight they're looking for.

Duration:00:10:00


GNM 6 - Batteries

12/6/2017
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Economic and technological barriers to a global clean energy infrastructure are toppling left and right. Isabel and Andrew take a look into one of the most important developments in utility-scale renewable energy: battery storage.

Duration:00:01:51


Series 3 Episode 2 - Bringing power back online

11/29/2017
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After a local power outage, what goes into bringing power back online? Spencer and Andrew investigate, interviewing Synapse Energy Economics principal associate Bob Fagan for some answers.

Duration:00:12:23


GNM 5 - NJ and VA elections

11/22/2017
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Isabel and Spencer recap the environmental implications of recent gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia

Duration:00:01:57


What Causes Outages?

11/15/2017
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In episode one of "What Happens When The Grid Goes Dark?", Spencer and Andrew start at the beginning by investigating a simple question: What causes power outages? They sit down with Synapse Energy Economics CEO Bruce Biewald for a fascinating conversation about power generation, what goes in to keeping the power on, and the role of resource diversity in strengthening our electrical grid.

Duration:00:14:55


Behind The Switch Season Three Preview

11/8/2017
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Series three of Behind the Switch premieres in just one week! We'll be looking into power outages, what causes them, how they're fixed, and what we can do in the future to make our electric grid more resilient and promote energy democracy. Get ready for another great series of episodes!

Duration:00:01:48


GNM - Floating Wind Farms

11/1/2017
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Spencer and Andrew discuss exciting advancements in offshore wind technology, and what it means for the future of wind energy in the U.S. and around the world.

Duration:00:02:00


How Will We Achieve 100% Renewable Energy?

10/26/2017
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In the final episode of Series 2, Sika and Anna interview Synapse Energy Economics senior associate Ariel Horowitz and principal associate Max Chang. Their question: What needs to be done on the part of citizens and politicians to bring us to a fully renewables-powered world? What ensues is a fascinating conversation filled with insight, real world pragmatism, and solutions.

Duration:00:14:08


GNM 3 - Coal's Decline

10/19/2017
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In light of recent proposals from Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to subsidize the dying coal industry at ratepayer expense, Spencer Fields and Andrew Grandahl take a closer look at the industry as a whole, and where U.S. energy markets are really heading.

Duration:00:01:58


Series 2 Episode 3 - Political Barriers to More Renewable Energy

10/11/2017
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Sika Gadzanku and Anna Sciaruto continue their journey to understand the renewable energy transition. In episode three, they interview Synapse Energy Economics Founder and CEO Bruce Biewald, and industry expert Patrick Luckow on the nature of energy policies and how they effect sustainable energy. Listen in for truly insightful conversations!

Duration:00:10:11


Special Edition: Energy Efficiency Day 2017

10/4/2017
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Andrew Grandahl and Spencer Fields go in depth into the importance of energy efficiency day, as we prepare for EE Day 2017. Energy efficiency is a crucial factor to creating a sustainable world, and you're about to find out why.

Duration:00:05:58


Series 2 Episode 2 - What are the technical barriers to more renewable energy?

9/27/2017
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Sika Gadzanku and Anna Sciaruto continue their journey to learn everything about renewable energy, and how we can get more of it. In this episode, they ask "what are the technical barriers holding back more renewable energy?". Patrick Luckow and Doug Hurley give some fantastic insights and encouraging answers.

Duration:00:11:43


GNM 2 - SunShot

9/20/2017
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Spencer Fields and Andrew Grandahl discuss the remarkable success of a Department of Energy initiative called SunShot in bringing down solar prices in the U.S.

Duration:00:01:58


Series 2 Episode 1 - What Exactly Is Renewable Energy?

9/13/2017
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Sika Gadzanku and Anna Sciaruto begin Series 2 with a simple question: What exactly is renewable energy? Thankfully, industry expert Doug Hurley has the answers they're looking for. Podcast @ Synapse Energy Economics and Climable.org Music @ Spencer W Fields

Duration:00:09:31


GNM 1 - RGGI

9/8/2017
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Andrew Grandahl and Spencer Fields recap the continued success of the Northeast's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. #energy #environment #renewables #solar #wind #health

Duration:00:01:26


Series 1 Episode 1 - What's actually on your electric bill?

7/6/2016
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Before we can compare electric rates in New England, we have to first understand what's actually on your electric bill every month. We introduce the podcast and hear from energy industry expert Doug Hurley. Podcast © Synapse Energy Economics and EESI.us Music © Spencer W Fields

Duration:00:11:39