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Center on Global Energy Policy

The energy world is in the midst of its greatest upheaval in a generation, redefining long-held geopolitical relationships with profound impacts on the global economy and environment. How do we balance the priorities of economic growth, energy security, and environmental sustainability? The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University is a leading resource for research and discussion that gets beyond the polarization that threatens to overwhelm the energy debate. In each episode of this podcast series, we bring you a conversation among top energy experts drawn from industry, government, academia and civil society about our energy future.

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Where Next on Climate? Responses from America’s Corporate Board Rooms

In the wake of President Trump’s announcement that he intends to have the United States leave the Paris climate accord, many American states, cities, and corporations declared: “We are still in.” Beyond the rhetoric, however, how strongly committed is America’s corporate sector to taking steps to reduce climate change? Can corporate actions on climate support, rather than detract from, growth in markets and profitability? How much impact are corporations feeling from the abrupt change in climate policies between the last US Administration and the current one? What kinds of climate policies are most favored by the corporate sector? As part of our on-going speaker series “Where Next on Climate?” the Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a presentation and panel discussion on climate, energy, and development. Kevin Knobloch of Tufts University’s Climate Policy Lab presented results from a soon-to-be-completed research project entitled “The Relationship between Clean Energy/Climate Policy and Expanding Corporate Markets.” This project involved structured interviews with C-suite leaders in major corporations and private equity houses. After Knobloch’s presentation, we had a panel discussion with: •    Kevin Knobloch, Tufts University •    Geoffrey Heal, Columbia Business School •    Nancy Meyer, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) •    John MacWilliams, Center on Global Energy Policy

1hr 33mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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Book Talk and Discussion: Taming the Sun by Dr. Varun Sivaram

Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What’s more, its potential is nearly limitless—every hour the sun beams down more energy than the world uses in a year. But in his new book, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Save the Planet (MIT Press, 2018), Dr. Varun Sivaram, Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations and CGEP Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, warns that the world is not yet equipped to harness erratic sunshine to meet most of its energy needs. And if solar’s current surge peters out, prospects for replacing fossil fuels and averting catastrophic climate change will dim.  Innovation can brighten those prospects, Dr. Sivaram argues. Financial innovation is already enticing deep-pocketed investors to fund solar projects around the world, from the sunniest deserts to the poorest villages. Technological innovation could replace today’s solar panels with coatings as cheap as paint and employ artificial photosynthesis to store intermittent sunshine as convenient fuels. Systemic innovation could add flexibility to the world’s power grids and other energy systems so they can dependably channel the sun’s unreliable energy. Unleashing all this innovation will require visionary public policy: funding researchers developing next-generation solar technologies, refashioning energy systems and economic markets, and putting together a diverse clean energy portfolio. To discuss the state of solar energy and his new book, which Bloomberg has called "the first important policy book of 2018," the Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a talk with Dr. Sivaram. Following Dr. Sivaram's presentation, CGEP Founding Director, Jason Bordoff moderated the discussion.

1hr 19mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Book Launch: The Fracking Debate by Daniel Raimi

Center on Global Energy Policy launched The Fracking Debate, the upcoming book in the Center on Global Energy Policy Series published by the Columbia University Press. In his book, author Daniel Raimi, Senior Research Associate at Resources for the Future, Lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and faculty affiliate with the University of Michigan Energy Institute, gives a balanced and accessible view of oil and gas development, explaining the key issues surrounding the shale revolution. Following Mr. Raimi’s presentation, he joined Thomas Murphy, Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research and John Hanger, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, on a panel on fracking. The discussion was moderated by CGEP Founding Director, Jason Bordoff.

1hr 32mins

30 Jan 2018

Rank #3

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Energy, Economy and Geopolitics in the Gulf Arab States (2/1/17)

Perhaps no region matters more to the oil and broader energy markets than the GCC group of countries. Understanding the drivers of the region’s reform movement, assessing its chances of success and the potential impact of both success and failure on the region’s stability and oil industry dynamics, has become a pressing if daunting challenge for oil market analysts and anyone with an interest in the energy industry and energy markets. The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a panel discussion with a distinguished set of experts including: Ed Morse, Citigroup; Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences; Dr. Steffen Hertog, London School of Economics; Dr. Bernard Haykel,  Princeton University; Dr. Joseph Westphal, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice and Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, SIPA (moderator).

1hr 36mins

15 Feb 2017

Rank #4

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2017 Energy Summit: Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (4/13/17)

Research spotlight on carbon capture, utilization, and storage with: Dr. Alissa Park, Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Columbia University; Dr. Peter Kelemen, Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University; Julio Friedmann, Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Ahmad O. Al Khowaiter – Chief Technology Officer, Saudi Aramco; and David Sandalow, Center on Global Energy Policy.


28 Apr 2017

Rank #5

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BP Energy Outlook - 2017 Edition (1/31/17)

The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted the official US Launch of the BP Energy Outlook - 2017 Edition with BP Group Chief Economist Spencer Dale. The BP Energy Outlook considers a base case, which outlines the “most likely” path for energy demand based on assumptions about future changes in policy, technology and the economy.  Beyond the base case, the Energy Outlook examines some of the key issues that will shape energy supply and demand through to 2035, and explores possible alternative outcomes. Center Director Jason Bordoff moderated a discussion following the presentation. You can find a copy of the report here: http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/events-calendar/bp-energy-outlook-2017-edition

1hr 34mins

9 Feb 2017

Rank #6

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2017 Energy Summit: The Future of Transportation (4/13/17)

Keynote Conversation on the future of transportation with Jeff Holden, Chief Product Officer, Uber Technologies and Dr. Dan Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit.


28 Apr 2017

Rank #7

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The Future of Nuclear Energy (3/29/17)

Building on research from the Center on Global Energy Policy—a three-part series on nuclear technology, the geopolitics of nuclear energy, and U.S. policy—this panel examined the history of nuclear power, its future, and the policy and business choices that lie ahead. This event was made possible, in part, by support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Distinguished experts on the panel included: Dr. Andrew Kadak, Tim Frazier, Dr. Patricia Culligan, Dr. Nicola de Blasio, and Richard Nephew.

1hr 30mins

18 Apr 2017

Rank #8

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Renewables: The Politics of a Global Energy Transition by Johannes Urpelainen and Michaël Aklin

CGEP hosted a book talk with Dr. Johannes Urpelainen, the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and CGEP Fellow, on his new book, Renewables: The Politics of a Global Energy Transition where he and co-author Michaël Aklin offer a comprehensive political analysis of the rapid growth in renewable wind and solar power. Following Dr. Urpelainen's presentation, he joined by Shayle Kann, CGEP Non-Resident Fellow and Senior Vice President of Research and Strategy at Energy Impact Partners, and Colleen Regan, Head of U.S Utilities and Market Reform, North America at Bloomberg New Energy Finance for a discussion on renewable energy deployment more broadly including cost declines, power sector economics, carbon markets, and climate-finance. CGEP Inaugural Fellow, David Sandalow moderated the discussion.

1hr 29mins

14 May 2018

Rank #9

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China's Energy Future: A Conversation with Zhang Guobao (10/13/15)

The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) hosted a conversation on China's Energy Future with Zhang Guobao,former Vice Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission and former Director of the National Energy Administration of China.

1hr 24mins

13 Oct 2015

Rank #10

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Digitalization: A New Era in Energy?

Over the coming decades, digital technologies are set to make energy systems around the world more connected, intelligent, efficient, reliable, and sustainable. But getting everything right will not be easy. The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently completed its first ever analysis to comprehensively depict how digitalization is reshaping the energy sector and to provide more clarity for decision makers on what digitalization means for the energy sector – http://www.iea.org/digital/. The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a presentation and discussion with Dave Turk, IEA’s Acting Director for the Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks Directorate and Head of the Energy Division, who co-led this new IEA analysis and will present the report’s key findings. Following Mr. Turk's presentation, Patricia Culligan, Robert A.W. and Christine S. Carleton Professor of Civil Engineering and member of the Data Science Institute's Smart Cities Committee at Columbia University, joined him on a panel to engage in a discussion on the fascinating confluence of digital technologies and energy. CGEP Fellow and Senior Research Scholar, Jonathan Elkind moderated the conversation. 

1hr 29mins

14 May 2018

Rank #11

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2017 Energy Summit: Mr. Amin Nasser, President and CEO of Saudi Aramco (4/14/17)

CGEP hosted a special conversation between Mr. Amin Nasser, President and CEO of Saudi Aramco, and Dr. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit and a member of CGEP's Advisory Board, as part of the 2017 Columbia Global Energy Summit.


28 Apr 2017

Rank #12

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Women in Energy Spotlight: What is going on in the energy start up world today? (3/6/17)

NYU's Center for Global Affairs, the Energy Policy International Club (EPIC), and the Center on Global Energy Policy's Women in Energy program co-hosted a public panel focused on energy start-ups. We had experts working in companies that focus on energy efficiency, clean energy finance, and technology joining us to share their experience entering these fields and offer advice on the types of skills companies are looking for. They also provided insights on how the industry is evolving as well as the current state of women in the energy start-up sector. The panel included the following experts: Ali Adler, Claire Johnson, ‎Mouchka Heller, and Angela Ferrante.

1hr 27mins

20 Mar 2017

Rank #13

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Book Launch: Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices by Bob McNally (1/25/17)

CGEP hosted a panel discussion about oil volatility in conjunction with the launch of the first book in the new Center on Global Energy Policy book series through Columbia University Press. Fellow Robert McNally delivered a presentation of his book, Crude Volatility, followed by a larger discussion with Marianne Kah from ConocoPhilips, Michael Cohen from Barclays and CGEP’s senior research scholar Antoine Halff. Director Jason Bordoff moderated the discussion.

1hr 19mins

2 Feb 2017

Rank #14

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Fireside Chat: Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a fireside chat with Commissioner Neil Chatterjee of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Commissioner Chatterjee discussed a number of pertinent issues including power markets and efforts to promote grid reliability and resilience, natural gas markets, and infrastructure development, among others. CGEP Founding Director, Jason Bordoff moderated the discussion.


8 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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2017 Energy Summit: Oil Markets in Transition (4/13/17)

Panel on oil markets in transition with: Scott Sheffield - Executive Chairman of the Board, Pioneer Natural Resources; Adam Sieminski, James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy & Geopolitics, CSIS; former U.S. Energy Information Administration Administrator; Dr. Dan Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit; Antoine Halff, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy; and Amb. Carlos Pascual, former Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy.


28 Apr 2017

Rank #16

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2017 Energy Summit: Technology’s Role in the Clean Energy Transition (4/13/17)

Keynote Conversation on technology’s role in the clean energy transition with Lisa Jackson, VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple and former U.S. EPA Administrator. Moderated by David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy.


28 Apr 2017

Rank #17

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2017 Energy Summit: The Outlook for Environmental Policy (4/13/17)

Panel on the outlook for environmental policy with: Diane Regas, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund; Bob Perciasepe, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. EPA; Jim Connaughton, former Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality for President George W. Bush; Karen Harbert, President and CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Phil Sharp, Center on Global Energy Policy, former President of Resources For the Future.


28 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report (11/8/15)

The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) hosted a presentation and discussion on the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2015 Energy Efficiency Market Report with Philippe Benoit, Head of the Energy Efficiency and Environment Division, IEA. Energy efficiency has been referred to as a “hidden fuel” that extends energy supplies, increases energy security, lowers carbon emissions and supports sustainable economic growth. The IEA's 2015 Energy Efficiency Market Report provides a basis for understanding energy efficiency market activities, a review of the multiple benefits that these activities generate, and statistical analysis of energy efficiency and its impact on energy demand. The 2015 edition also features special chapters on buildings, utilities, and for the first time, cities.

1hr 15mins

9 Nov 2015

Rank #19

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Energy, Economics, and Geopolitics in the Gulf Arab States

No region remains more important for the global energy scene than the Middle East, and the influence of the Gulf Arab States remains extremely high. In order to understand current trends in energy markets, and their implications for economies and geopolitical relations of the Gulf states, the Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a discussion with an outstanding panel of leading decision-makers and analysts:   • Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Under Secretary, UAE Ministry of Energy • Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science • Dr. Helima Croft, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets • Dr. Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies & Director, Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, Princeton University • Nabil Al-Khowaiter, Senior Advisor, Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources

1hr 31mins

23 Mar 2018

Rank #20