Rank #1: [Episode #90] – How Will Decarbonized Power Markets Work?
In this episode, we delve into all those questions and more with an expert who has worked on power markets for over 30 years.
Mar 06 2019
Rank #2: [Episode #46] – Is 100% Renewables Realistic?
Jun 19 2017
Rank #3: [Episode #30] – The Future of Wind
A recent report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and other organizations offers some clues. Based on a survey of 163 of the world’s foremost wind energy experts, it examines in detail what factors have led to wind’s cost reductions in the past, and attempts to forecast what will drive further cost reductions in the future. It also looks at some of the reasons why previous forecasts have underestimated the growth and cost reductions of wind, and suggests that many agency forecasts may be underestimating them still. In this episode, one of the report’s principal authors explains the findings and offers some cautionary words about how much confidence we can have in our forecasts.
Nov 16 2016
Rank #4: [Episode #60] – Demand Flexibility
Jan 10 2018
Rank #5: [Episode #33] – Fracking Follies
Our guest in this episode is a career geoscientist who has diligently delved into those devilish details. In his new reports, he finds that EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2016 seems to significantly overstate how much oil and gas might be recovered using fracking technology, with estimates for shale gas and tight oil production that exceed the estimates for how much of those resources are even technically recoverable. In this extended and technically detailed interview, we discuss EIA’s most recent forecasts and try to understand what’s realistic for future US hydrocarbon production.
Dec 28 2016
Rank #6: [Episode #29] – Grid Simulation and Wind Potential
These have been devilishly difficult questions to answer, but now advanced mathematical simulations are beginning to make it possible to answer them much more quickly…and if quantum computing becomes a reality, we could answer them instantly.
In an homage to Comedy Central’s Drunk History, this episode features a conversation conducted over several pints of IPA with a mathematician who recently developed such a simulator while he was working at NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) in Boulder, CO. His insights on how the grid of the future might actually function are fascinating, and will likely shatter some of your pre-existing beliefs. It also contains a few nuggets for the serious math geeks out there.
Nov 02 2016
Rank #7: [Episode #108] – Will Energy Transition Be Rapid or Gradual?
Nov 13 2019
Rank #8: [Episode #23] – Facts and Falsehoods in Energy Transition
We explore all of these questions and more, and try to separate fact from falsehoods in this wide-ranging interview. It might even change your mind about a few things.
Aug 10 2016
Rank #9: [Episode #4] – Energiewende
Oct 14 2015
Rank #10: [Episode #107] – Macro-Energy Systems
Oct 30 2019
Rank #11: [Episode #3] – Limits on the Grid – Part 2
Oct 07 2015
Rank #12: [Episode #25] – The Energy-Water Nexus
Sep 07 2016
Rank #13: [Episode #100] – Teaching Energy Transition
Jul 24 2019
Rank #14: [Episode #72] – The Future of Solar
Jun 27 2018
Rank #15: [Episode #56] – Blockchain in Energy Transition
Nov 15 2017
Rank #16: [Episode #10] – Grid Architecture of the Future
Feb 10 2016
Rank #17: [Episode #58] – Solar with Storage
Dec 13 2017
Rank #18: [Episode #97] – How State Policies Can Drive Decarbonization
Jun 12 2019
Rank #19: [eLab Extra #6] – Building EV Charging Infrastructure
Should utilities be allowed to own EV charging infrastructure, or should that be reserved for private charging companies? How many Level 3 high-voltage chargers do we need at workplaces and shopping areas? And how do we build charging infrastructure now that won’t become stranded assets if and when we transition to fleets of autonomous vehicles? We interview Jonathan Levy of Vision Ridge Partners at RMI’s eLab Summit 2016 to find out.
The views, opinions, and positions expressed by the author and those providing comments on these podcasts are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of Rocky Mountain Institute or any employee thereof.
Jan 18 2017
Rank #20: [Episode #36] – Climate Science Part 1 – Climate Change Overview
Feb 08 2017