The Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University produces the Energy Policy Podcast for a discussion of state energy policies around the country. We discuss bills, trends, issues and technologies relating to state energy policy.
The Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University produces the Energy Policy Podcast for a discussion of state energy policies around the country. We discuss bills, trends, issues and technologies relating to state energy policy.
Energy Bite is a weekly 90-second podcast focused on energy technology, opportunities, and challenges related to every day life. It is produced by Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.
Rank #1: A lot of cities have goals to reduce greenhouse gases. What are they doing in Pittsburgh? | Ep. 186.
Have you ever wondered what cities are doing to reduce greenhouse gases? On this week's Energy Bite, Kelly Klima, a research scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, has some answers.Our lifestyle is powered by energy, yet many of us know very little about it. In Energy Bite, a weekly 90-second radio module focused on energy technology, opportunities, and challenges related to every day life.Each episode, hosted by 90.5 WESA Pittsburgh and distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX), features interviews with energy experts from Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. Listeners can participate by asking the experts questions to explore in future episodes and by responding to polls linked to the stories. For more information visit www.energybite.org.
Rank #2: What are the costs of different types of electricity generation? | Ep. 182.
We get our electricity from lots of different sources, like coal, natural gas, wind, and nuclear. Which are the cheapest? On this week’s Energy Bite, Nathaniel Horner, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, has some answers.Our lifestyle is powered by energy, yet many of us know very little about it. In Energy Bite, a weekly 90-second radio module focused on energy technology, opportunities, and challenges related to every day life.Each episode, hosted by 90.5 WESA Pittsburgh and distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX), features interviews with energy experts from Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. Listeners can participate by asking the experts questions to explore in future episodes and by responding to polls linked to the stories. For more information visit www.energybite.org
At the Energy Policy Institute, we love our charts. That’s why we’re bringing you analysis of today’s top trends and policies grounded in the latest evidence off the charts.
Rank #1: The Future of Coal Under Trump.
During the campaign, Trump promised to roll back regulations that reduce carbon emissions in the power sector and put laid-off coal workers back on the job. Can he meet those promises?For more, read these Forbes pieces by EPIC's Steve Cicala and Mark Templeton:Who's Waging The War On Coal? Not The Government: www.forbes.com/sites/ucenergy/20…ent/#2964a2237543Building On Clinton's Plan To Revitalize Coal Country: www.forbes.com/sites/ucenergy/20…try/#53f7d9105fc7
Rank #2: Should States Subsidize Nuclear? The Economics And Implications On Our Grid.
Carbon emissions are down 30 percent thanks in large part to an increased use of natural gas and a near doubling of renewable generation. But amid these positive developments has emerged an unexpected casualty: America’s fleet of nuclear power plants. Plant owners are threatening to shut down unless they receive subsidies. And last week, New York agreed to provide these subsidies. Was it the right decision? And if not, what’s the path forward? EPIC’s Sam Ori talks with Steve Cicala, assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy.
Two seasoned energy writers follow the energy efficiency market, which is poised for major growth in North America. They provide news and analysis, and explain how businesses can make money by reducing their electricity use. Sign up for the free newsletter, Energy Efficiency Markets, by visiting www.energyefficiencymarkets.com
Rank #1: How Servers Waste Energy Part 1.
Lisa Cohn of EE Markets interviews Sumir Karayi, CEO of 1E, a powermanagement software developer, about a recent study of server efficiencythat found there’s much room for improvement.
Rank #2: Trends in Energy Efficiency in 2012 Part 2.
Lisa Cohn from realenergywriters.com interviews Gary Fromer, senior vice president of demand response for Constellation Energy, about growing efficiency/electricity usage trends in 2012.
Inside Energy was a public media collaboration, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, that produced from 2014-2017. Our audio stories will help inform you of the tensions and tradeoffs in American energy issues. Don’t miss our podcast: http://insideenergy.org/podcast
Rank #1: Ranchers Fight Against Nuclear Waste Storage Site.
Ranchers Fight Against Nuclear Waste Storage Site by Inside Energy
Rank #2: In A Race To Represent Coal Country, Two Visions For The Future.
Coal has been a major theme this election season, with each side pointing fingers at the other. From the presidential debate stage to local town halls, what to do about lost mining jobs keeps coming up. On Colorado’s western slope, two candidates running for Congress are divided on the issue and are nearly matched in campaign contributions as election day approaches. Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson reports.
Energy Policy Now offers clear talk on the policy issues that define our relationship to energy and its impact on society and the environment. The series is produced by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and hosted by energy journalist Andy Stone. Join Andy in conversation with leaders from industry, government, and academia as they shed light on today's pressing energy policy debates.
Rank #1: Advancing Energy Storage.
New energy storage technologies are increasingly connecting to the electric grid, but it’s not clear that current rules in electricity markets are designed to help storage and new distributed energy resources (DER) participate as fully as other generation. The federal government’s electricity market regulator, FERC, has issued a notice with proposed rules that could create new opportunities for deployment and investment but also raise questions for stakeholders to address.
Rank #2: U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Arrives.
After a decade of false starts, the U.S. offshore wind industry is poised for real growth. The Chief of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s renewables office takes a look at offshore wind’s future.---After years of high hopes but little development, the U.S. offshore wind industry finally seems poised for growth following a series of major offshore project announcements this year. In May and June, the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut selected a combined 1,400 MW of offshore wind projects for contract negotiation. When complete, they’ll generate enough electricity to power 200,000 homes and help the states meet their clean energy and climate goals. The projects are all the more noteworthy given that there is currently just a single, small offshore wind farm operating in U.S. waters. Guest Jim Bennett heads the Office of Renewable Energy Programs at the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and is the individual charged with overseeing the federal government’s involvement in developing the United States’ offshore renewable energy resources. Bennett offers his insights into what’s driving recent investment in US offshore wind energy, the challenges to offshore wind development, and the potential for the offshore industry to become a vital, economically competitive source of clean electricity. Also featured is Brandon Burke, Brandon Burke, an attorney, offshore wind researcher, and soon to be master’s graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. Related ContentTilting at Windmills https://kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/policy-digests/tilting-windmills New FERC Rule Grows Clean Energy’s Role in Grid Resilience https://kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/blog/2018/02/21/new-ferc-rule-grows-clean-energys-role-grid-resilience Clean Energy Costs Continue to Fall https://kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/blog/2018/01/22/clean-energy-costs-continue-fall
Rank #1: Paris COP 21: reaction and analysis.
Alyssa Gilbert and Ajay Gambhir are two experts from Imperial's Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Envrionment who were in Paris observing the talks. Here they give their reaction and thoughts going forward.
Rank #2: Greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas supply chain.
What is our current understanding of greenhouse gas emissions released during the production of natural gas? How can we reduce these emissions? Dr Paul Balcombe discusses the context for the Sustainable Gas Institute's first White Paper.
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Rank #1: Biogas: Pro-Economy and Pro-Climate.
Please RSVP to expedite check-inA live webcast will be streamed at 3:00 PM EDT at www.eesi.org/livecast (wireless connection permitting)The American Biogas Council (ABC) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing about the many benefits of renewable biogas. Biogas is produced from the decomposition of organic wastes (such as agriculture residues, manure, food wastes, and sewage) in the absence of oxygen. It can be refined into renewable natural gas, and used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook, or generate electricity—just like natural gas. Biogas is a powerful driver for economic growth, particularly in rural areas in need of economic opportunities. Biogas also lowers our greenhouse gas emissions, contributes to clean air and water, and improves soil health. It turns waste, which would be a problem if not used, into valuable resources.Briefing attendees will learn about the potential biogas resources in their states, the economic and job opportunities they offer, and important policy drivers for this promising industry.
Rank #2: Reframing Energy for the 21st Century.
Please RSVP to expedite check-inA live webcast will be streamed at 3:00 PM EST at www.eesi.org/livecast (wireless connection permitting)The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a facilitated discussion on how we can make our economy much more energy-efficient, to generate wealth and combat climate change. In 2018, the 329 million residents of the United States spent more than $1.1 trillion to meet their many energy needs. Current projections suggest those expenditures—whether to light and cool homes, power business enterprises, or enable daily commutes—may triple to $3.4 trillion (in nominal dollars) by the year 2050. Shockingly, a huge share of that spending is wasted. As detailed in a variety of recent studies, the U.S. economy may only be 16 percent energy-efficient. In other words, an estimated 84 percent of the energy resources consumed within American communities are wasted.
Senior analysts at Energy Intelligence discuss key energy industry issues and topics.
Rank #1: Energy Transition, Thoughts for the US Industry.
Energy Intelligence hosted its annual Oil & Money conference in London last week, where the industry showed much greater acceptance of the low-carbon transition. While global players have different options for action, the challenges are greater for the US energy industry including growing social demands and potentially more political/regulatory risk. Hosted by: Abhi Rajendran, Director, Research & Advisory and Noah Brenner, Houston Bureau Chief
Rank #2: Renewable Energy: Always Clean – But Competing Handily Against Fossil Fuels.
Renewable power has always been a weapon against climate change and air pollution, but renewables can also add “cost competitive” to their list of benefits. Solar photovoltaics and onshore wind are deepening their positions as the cheapest technologies for generating power across much of the globe, Energy Intelligence finds in its latest Energy Cost Report. Hosted by: Philippe Roos, Senior Reporter, Energy Intelligence and Lauren Craft, Editor, EI New Energy
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.
Rank #1: IEA Gas 2017 Global Launch (7/13/17).
The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted the global launch of the International Energy Agency’s annual natural-gas market analysis and forecast report. Renamed Gas 2017, the market report provides a detailed analysis of supply and trade developments, infrastructure investments, and demand-growth forecast through 2022. Dr. Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director, and Peter Fraser, the head of the IEA’s Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division presented the report. Bob McNally, Founder and President of The Rapidan Group and Center on Global Energy Policy Fellow moderated the discussion following the presentation.
Rank #2: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017 (6/14/17).
As the energy landscape continues to transform--from the rapid growth rates of low-carbon fuels to questions about the future of oil demand to a more integrated global gas market--it is important to understand the trends and developments driving this change. The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a presentation on BP's Statistical Review of World Energy 2017 with Spencer Dale, Group Chief Economist. After the presentation, CGEP Director Jason Bordoff moderated a conversation where Mr. Dale was joined by Antoine Halff, Sr. Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy, and Amy Myers Jaffe, Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.
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Rank #1: RMI's "Grid Modernization Done Right" Workshop at Greentech Media's Grid Edge Innovation Summit 2019.
For the second year, RMI hosted a lunch workshop at Greentech Media’s Grid Edge Innovation Summit, with this year’s event titled: "Grid Modernization Done Right." This workshop follows RMI’sThe Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios report, which makes the case on how portfolios of renewable and distributed energy resources can help avoid $1 trillion of costs for new gas-fired power plants in the US.Our workshop was led by our own Chaz Teplin, and Chaz was joined in San Diego by Jay Oliver, General Manager, Grid Solutions Engineering and Technology, Duke Energy, Ric O’Connell, Executive Director, GridLab, and Curt Kirkeby, Fellow Engineer, Technology Strategy, Avista Utilities.We had a tremendous turnout for the workshop and wanted to make the content of this event available to our network.
Rank #2: The Poseidon Principles - Changing the game.
Paul Bodnar and James Mitchell of Rocky Mountain Institute sit down to talk about the launch of the Poseidon Principles and just what this means for the shipping industry and for global climate impacts.For the last two years, James has been working with leading financial institutions to develop the Poseidon Principles, the world's first climate alignment agreement for financial institutions. These principles establish a simple, transparent way to integrate climate considerations into lending decisions to incentivize shipping's decarbonization.The Poseidon Principles officially launched today with support from Citi, Societe General, DNB, Danske Bank, and many others.
Open Access refers to FERC fostering competition and transparency in wholesale natural gas and electric markets. But it also goes deeper: This podcast is designed to give you, the listener, "open access" to FERC, what we do and how we operate.
Rank #1: FERC’s Open Access Podcast: What does OEPI do?.
Learn all about the important policy work in the FERC Office of Energy Policy and Innovation from Office Director Jignasa Gadani. Recorded November 14, 2019
Rank #2: FERC’s Open Access Podcast: McNamee. Markets. Metallica?.
Commissioner Bernard McNamee joins Open Access for a review of his first 10 months at FERC and shares his views on natural gas markets and energy regulation, and reveals he’s a huge fan of heavy metal in general and Metallica in particular. Recorded October 9, 2019
The home of news and information about all things renewable
Rank #1: REP002 - Pumped Storage Hydro Schemes.
In this episode, we look at pumped storage hydro schemes.
Rank #2: REP001 - Introduction to Onshore Wind Energy.
In this episode, we explore the basics of onshore wind energy.
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Rank #1: Western Energy Grid Regionalization.
The transmission system for the Western 1/3 of the United States is divided up into over thirty different electrical fiefdoms known as balancing areas. Each one controls planning, ensures reliability and coordinates operations for their own small area. California is the exception to this rule, as it has developed a state-wide "regional grid." In addition to cost inefficiencies related to the lack of coordination across the smaller regions, a new problem has emerged. California's abundance of carbon-free and zero fuel-cost solar, along with wind in Wyoming and other states, is getting curtailed or "dumped" because there is over supply within their regions or balancing area. At the same time, customers in surrounding states are losing out on the bill savings that could come with access to these cheap resources. What's a state to do?On what will be the first of several conversations on the issue of western market development, renewables integration, and coal power plant retirement, Jennifer Gardner from Western Resource Advocates joins to discuss the potential for utilities in the West to join regional grid operators. Specifically, she considers the California Independent System Operator and the Southwest Power Pool. More information is available at www.goodgrid.net.
Rank #2: Ep4 Transmission And Distribution Coordination to Support DERs.
What happens when a rooftop solar aggregator can’t deliver its power as committed to the wholesale market because it’s distribution utility’s line is out? What about when demand response customers participate in both utility demand management programs and wholesale markets and both make calls on their megawatts? As the amount of DERs on the distribution system grows, so does their impact on and interaction with the transmission system. With help from the organization More than Smart, the California Independent System Operator, the state’s investor owned utilities, and competitive DER providers are leading the way in addressing operational issues that arise as DERs interconnected to the distribution system are engaging as resources with distribution utilities and wholesale grid operators. This week, More than Smart’s Matthew Tisdale joins me to consider recommendations in the organization’s new report on operational issues that need to be addressed between the transmission and distribution systems to reliably facilitate a high DER future, and a framework for addressing those issues. The report’s working group (including CAISO, as well as PG&E, SCE and SDG&E) focus on communication and coordination as near-term steps to support a reliable and highly distributed electricity grid.
The Energy Show, hosted by Barry Cinnamon, is a weekly 30 minute talk show that runs every Saturday on KDOW Radio AM in San Jose California.Every week Barry provides practical money-saving tips on ways to reduce your home and business energy consumption.Barry Cinnamon heads up Cinnamon Energy Systems (a San Jose residential and commercial solar and energy storage contractor) and Spice Solar (suppliers of built-in solar racking technology). After 10,000+ installations at Akeena Solar and Westinghouse Solar, he's developed a pretty good perspective on the real-world economics of rooftop solar -- as well as the best products and services for homeowners, manufacturers and installers. His rooftop tinkering led to the development of integrated racking (released in 2007), AC solar modules (released in 2009), and Spice Solar (the fastest way to install rooftop solar modules).
Rank #1: Understanding A Home Solar Sales Pitch.
Ahhh….it’s almost springtime. The weather is getting warmer, the trees are starting to bud, and people are starting to think about their next home improvement project. And along with the warming weather, the solar salespeople are starting to swarm on unsuspecting homeowners like locusts from the plagues of Egypt.You may be interested in rooftop solar. But solar products, systems and terminology are confusing. As you do your research you’ll be inundated with TLAs (three letter acronyms)...and the more installers you talk to, the more you’ll get confused. On this week’s Energy Show we’ll review a Four Step Process that you can use to compare different home solar proposals.Step One: Compare Installers. Consider local installers, check references from friends and neighbors, and read online reviews. You will almost always get better service and faster installation turn around with a local company. When hiring someone to work on my house, for accountability purposes I always prefer contractors that have their own trained crews (not subcontractors or temporary works).Step Two: Determine the Cash Price of the Installed System on a Per Watt Basis. Just as buying a car, you always want to shop for the best cash price -- keeping financing out of the picture. Get a quote for the total installed system (no deductions yet for incentives or tax credits). Then determine the total number of DC watts of the system (number of panels times watts per panel). Divide the watts into the dollars to get a $/watt price for your system. Pricing can range from the low $3/watt to over $5/watt. For example, a system priced at $20,000 for 20 panels, each with a rating of 270 watts, will cost $3.70/watt. Don’t get distracted with varying claims about equipment reliability, inverter efficiency or panel degradation -- they are all about the same. Regardless of manufacturer or installer, every system will put out about the same amount of energy (and annual dollar savings) if it has the same DC watt system size.Step Three: Compare Equipment and Services. Solar panels are commodities, but you will pay more for higher efficiency and more well known brand names. All panels have 25 year warranties, and will operate maintenance-free (except for an occasional cleaning if they get very dirty). The only time you need higher efficiency is when you have limited roof space. Nevertheless, you may prefer solar panels that look all black and are mounted flush to the roof, or micro-inverters and optimizers that have built-in safety features, or a system that has monitoring that you can view on your cell phone.Step Four: Compare Financing. There are so many assumptions involved in financing, system output, energy rates and output “guarantees” that it is almost impossible to compare the total savings numbers. That is why it is easiest to compare cash prices or, if you are considering a lone, comparing interest rates. Watch out for escalation rates applied to energy prices (escalation rates will inflate your savings) and monthly payments (escalation rates will increase your repayment costs).Rooftop solar has never been more cost effective and reliable as it is now. Favorable tax policies, local incentives and net metering combine to make solar a great long term investment. So if you’re considering rooftop solar, Listen Up to this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World.
Rank #2: The Path to Energy Independence with John Farrell of the ILSR.
$400 billion dollars. That’s how much money is spent every year on electricity in the U.S. It’s a huge industry. But not for long, because new solar and storage technology can provide many of the same services for a fraction of the price.The threat isn’t new solar technology, but the ways in this technology is being deployed and paid for. Historically, utilities generate and distribute electricity, and charge customers for their usage. Indeed, about 5 GW of utility solar will be installed in 2015 -- more than the commercial and residential sectors combined. But the price of electricity to residential and commercial customers continues to increase. Even though utility scale solar is the cheapest new generating source of electricity, customers are not benefitting. To make matters worse, customers can install their own solar power plants and generate their own electricity for less than the utility charges.The centralized monopoly utility business model must change because electricity can now be generated, consumed, stored and even distributed on a local level. John Farrell, senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR), focuses on issues surrounding renewable energy, utility power, and energy-generation. Please join me on this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World as John shares with us his insights on how utilities are trying to adapt to the new world of distributed generation.