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    Explore "Clean Energy" with insightful episodes like "CAISO CEO Elliot Mainzer Talks Markets, Reliability and Future of the West, Part 1", "S.3. E.6. SEIA's Abigail Ross Hopper on Illuminating the Path for Solar Energy's Future", "S.3. E.5. Citi's Ryan Nielson on Advancing Clean Energy Through Nuclear Innovation and Finance", "Ep. 31: Columbia Climate School’s Daniel Zarrilli on New York’s Decarbonization Progress" and "Ted and Sierra Flanigan's Clean Energy Crash Course: Mini Series on International Travels, Part 2" from podcasts like ""NewsData’s Energy West", "Tuck Energy Currents", "Tuck Energy Currents", "Power Trends: New York ISO Podcast" and "Flanigan's Eco-Logic"" and more!

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    CAISO CEO Elliot Mainzer Talks Markets, Reliability and Future of the West, Part 1

    CAISO CEO Elliot Mainzer Talks Markets, Reliability and Future of the West, Part 1

    In the latest episode of the Energy West podcast, California Energy Markets Editor Jason Fordney speaks with Elliot Mainzer, president and CEO of the California Independent System Operator, in Part 1 of a wide-ranging interview about the California electricity grid, a wider Western day-ahead market, managing the huge influx of energy storage coming on to the CAISO grid, and CAISO's competition with Southwest Power Pool over a Western RTO. You won't want to miss this in-depth episode!

    S.3. E.6. SEIA's Abigail Ross Hopper on Illuminating the Path for Solar Energy's Future

    S.3. E.6. SEIA's Abigail Ross Hopper on Illuminating the Path for Solar Energy's Future

    In Season 3 Episode 6, Pádraig chats with Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Abby, who has navigated SEIA through critical industry milestones, shares her transition from a legal background to becoming a solar energy advocate. Her tenure includes significant roles in both the public and private sectors, laying a robust foundation for her leadership at SEIA. The conversation delves into how SEIA champions solar companies, the impact of key legislation like the IRA on solar energy proliferation, and the persistent challenges solar firms encounter amidst policy uncertainties. Additionally, the episode explores strategies to foster diversity within the energy sector and imparts valuable advice for young professionals about the merits of risk-taking. Abby's comprehensive expertise and visionary outlook highlight the episode's emphasis on shaping a sustainable solar energy future in America, marking a pivotal conversation for anyone interested in the intersection of energy, policy, and innovation.

    S.3. E.5. Citi's Ryan Nielson on Advancing Clean Energy Through Nuclear Innovation and Finance

    S.3. E.5. Citi's Ryan Nielson on Advancing Clean Energy Through Nuclear Innovation and Finance

    In Season 3, Episode 5, Michael Proudfoot engages with Ryan Nielson, Vice President of Investment Banking at CITI. Ryan began his professional journey with a mechanical engineering degree from Brigham Young University, followed by a pivotal role in the energy sector, focusing on nuclear energy. Ryan's career was profoundly influenced by his involvement in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program at a department called Naval Reactors in Washington, D.C. Naval Reactors is a unique organization dual-headed by the Navy and the Department of Energy. Ryan complemented his industry knowledge with a master's in nuclear engineering from Penn State. In this episode, Ryan discusses his deliberate move through Tuck as a step to broaden his understanding of the energy sector, particularly the financial aspects critical for technology adoption. He recounts his strategic career moves, from gaining foundational experience in Oil and Gas at Credit Suisse to his current focus on clean technology and the energy transition at CITI's clean energy platform. This episode not only traces Ryan's professional evolution but also offers insights into the dynamic interplay of engineering, policy, and finance in advancing new energy technologies.

    Ep. 31: Columbia Climate School’s Daniel Zarrilli on New York’s Decarbonization Progress

    Ep. 31: Columbia Climate School’s Daniel Zarrilli on New York’s Decarbonization Progress

    Columbia University’s Daniel Zarrilli knows a thing or two about New York City and the effects of climate change.

    For almost a decade prior to Hurricane Sandy, he worked on the city’s waterfront, managing maintenance and construction of the city’s piers and bulkheads, overseeing cruise terminals and other maritime assets, and working with coastal communities on a variety of local projects. That experience along the city’s 520-mile shoreline, plus his training as an engineer, put him in view of Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he was standing up his initiative to rebuild New York following Hurricane Sandy and make it more resilient.

    Bloomberg appointed Zarrilli as the city’s first resilience director. He then became Chief Climate Policy Advisor under Mayor Bill de Blasio, helping usher landmark energy policy through the city council, which mandates emissions reductions produced by the city's largest buildings of 40 percent by 2030.

    Now Zarrilli serves as Special Advisor for Climate and Sustainability at Columbia University, helping to create a new world-leading climate school and advising on pathways to achieve the university’s deep decarbonization goals. 

    This wealth of deep experience and expertise makes him a valuable addition to the NYISO’s Environmental Advisory Council, a group of outside experts that informs NYISO leadership on evolving state and federal climate policy and environmental justice considerations.

    Local Law 97, New York City’s building decarbonization law passed in 2019, requires most buildings over 25,000 square feet to meet new energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions limits, with even stricter limits coming into effect in 2030.

    There are already indications that the policy is working, Zarrilli said. 

     “New Yorkers have so much to be proud of for the progress that has been made,” Zarrilli said. “There were $20 billion in climate adaptation investments made after Hurricane Sandy, everything from flood protection to grid upgrades to new elevated hospitals in our coastal communities.”  

    “I think the much more exciting thing about Local Law 97 is how it has catalyzed this marketplace in New York City around clean energy technology, innovation, and investment that is all now centered in New York City,” he said. 

    “So much of our infrastructure was built for a world and a climate that doesn’t exist anymore,” he said.

    He pointed to concerns about global economic conditions and supply chain challenges that can make electrification projects difficult. In the offshore wind space, he noted that some coastal communities have zoning concerns and questions that must be addressed and answered.

    Zarrilli credits the NYISO’s forward-thinking approach to the wholesale electric market, which he says will drive incentives to speed up the clean energy transition. 

    “The role that the NYISO plays to help provide that stimulus and incentive is really important, and not a fully appreciated role,” Zarrilli said, “but it's a critical one that I think the state and other ISOs are going to continue to learn from.

    Additional Resources and Information

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    Columbia Climate School

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    Ted and Sierra Flanigan's Clean Energy Crash Course: Mini Series on International Travels, Part 2

    Ted and Sierra Flanigan's Clean Energy Crash Course: Mini Series on International Travels, Part 2

    In this episode of Flanigan’s Eco-Logic, father-daughter duo, Ted and Sierra Flanigan host the clean energy crash course mini series focusing on Ted's international travels.


    They build on the first episode of the three-part series, which focused on Ted's travels in the 80s. In part 2, they focus on the 90s. Ted begins with his work with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and his involvement in the Urban Carbon Reduction Project. The idea was for local environmental movements to take form, which was then taken internationally. Ted shares stories from Ankara, Turkey, Helsinki, Finland, and Omiya, Japan.


    They then move on to The Results Center, discussing the genesis and players involved, the importance of the era, and the legacy of it. The idea was to write case studies of the most successful programs and approaches, starting with North America, and then looking broadly and out of the country. Ted and his team wrote 128 case studies, including a series of case studies on Europe. 


    Sierra and Ted conclude with the linking of ideas around climate action to a universal way of connecting and growing relationships and strengthening bonds, underscoring the value of meeting people where they are, creating greater visibility around the numbers, opening channels of communication, and cross-cultural collaborations that Ted facilitated and shed light on. 

    Untangling Transmission’s Gordian Knot With Rob Gramlich, Part 2

    Untangling Transmission’s Gordian Knot With Rob Gramlich, Part 2

    Join us in Part 2 of the latest episode of Energy West, where NewsData's Dan Catchpole and Grid Strategies' Rob Gramlich continue to discuss the design and development of transmission projects throughout the West. Gramlich also discusses new technologies that may benefit the electric grid in the future.

    Untangling Transmission’s Gordian Knot With Rob Gramlich

    Untangling Transmission’s Gordian Knot With Rob Gramlich

    If the West is going to electrify cars and buildings, decarbonize the grid and keep the lights on, it needs more high-voltage transmission, a lot more. One of the nation’s top transmission experts, Rob Gramlich, talks with NewsData reporter Dan Catchpole about how the West can build more and bigger transmission projects. Rob is founder of GridStrategies and coined the mnemonic device, the 3 P's of transmission: planning, permitting and paying. If you solve the 3 P's, you can build more transmission.

     This episode is part one of two. Check back later this month for part two!

     GridStrategies: gridstrategiesllc.com

    419. A Realistic Conversation About Energy and the Planet | Scott Tinker

    419. A Realistic Conversation About Energy and the Planet | Scott Tinker

    Dr. Jordan B. Peterson speaks with geologist, educator, energy expert, and documentary filmmaker Scott Tinker. They discuss the ARC conference, the glacial periods throughout Earth's geological history, where we are now in the cycle, the gross fallacy of the Net Zero movement, the harsh realities of energy in the developing world, and the necessary balancing we can do right now in order to uplift all people, in all places.

     

    Dr. Scott Tinker is an American geologist, educator, energy expert, and documentary filmmaker. Tinker has appeared in more than 20 documentary films with the intent to communicate scientific ideas to the general public. The 2012 film “Switch” presents a scientifically based look at the global energy transition. It's been screened in over 600 colleges and has gained a following for the Switch Energy Alliance, which brings in young people to learn about the processes of sustainable energy firsthand, while broadening discussion on the matter in an open format setting. Tinkers’ PBS show “Energy Switch” is a point counterpoint talk show that features energy communicators, experts, authors, and pundits.

     

     

    - Links -

     

    2024 tour details can be found here https://jordanbpeterson.com/events  

     

    Peterson Academy https://petersonacademy.com/

     

     

    For Scott Tinker:

     

    Switch On (Film) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk75bD-C3H4

     

    Switch Energy Alliance https://switchon.org/about/leadership/

     

    Watch Energy Switch (Show) https://www.pbs.org/show/energy-switch/ 

    323.Clean Energy Sex

    323.Clean Energy Sex

    Hello, everybody. Welcome to Truth + Tequila. I'm Deborah Kagan, your mojo recovery specialist. And I'm so happy to be here today. I'm happy you're here. I was on a date recently and an interesting thing happened…

     

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    Thanks for tuning in, taking yourself and your mojo seriously. The world needs it! Share this episode with someone you love – support them to claim their erotic nature, you know they’ll thank you for it.

     

    As always, thanks for getting undressed with me.

     

    PS. You can learn a whole lot more about clearing, cleaning and maintaining your energy for sex and your life in my book, UNDRESSED. It’s available where all books are sold….AND I’m still out on tour and might be coming to a city near you. Check out undressedbooktour.com for all the details.

    Ep. 30: Nicole Bouchez, PhD, on her unique role as NYISO’s Consumer Interest Liaison

    Ep. 30: Nicole Bouchez, PhD, on her unique role as NYISO’s Consumer Interest Liaison

    You might say Nicole Bouchez’s role as the NYISO’s Consumer Interest Liaison and Senior Principal Economist combines deep data analytics with good, old-fashioned customer service. 

    She has an especially important responsibility evaluating the impacts of major market design changes for stakeholders, policymakers, and market participants. That’s where her PhD in International Economics comes in handy. 

    But a large part of her job also includes working directly with some of the largest energy consumers in the state so they understand those studies and how changes to electric system planning, operations, and decarbonization policies might impact their bottom line. 

    “Consumers are always concerned about costs,” Bouchez said. “They're also concerned about the technology switch that's happening and how smooth that's going to be. They're concerned about reliability, as we all are.”

    In addition to performing consumer impact analyses, her office also responds to consumer questions about the markets and provides important training and information sessions. Her knowledge of the New York energy markets and her time as Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London, make her especially suited for that responsibility.

    Bouchez’s role is unique even among ISOs and other research entities. She says one of the things she likes most about her job is how outward-facing it is – interacting with a diverse cross-section of market participants and stakeholders invested in the future of how the electric system will perform.

    Her office accesses “real-world” electric systems data in its presentations and materials for stakeholders, providing a deep but comprehensive look into how the energy industry and the grid is changing.  “We’re able to leverage that information in our analyses, which is quite exciting,” she said.

    Bouchez, who co-chaired a task force in 2017 designing a carbon pricing proposal, is optimistic about the role that markets can play in supporting the grid of the future.
    “We learned a great deal about how we can incorporate carbon dioxide emissions costs into our markets to support clean energy policy goals without jeopardizing reliability,” Bouchez noted.

    She explains that if competitive wholesale electric markets can integrate the cost of carbon dioxide emissions, there’s more incentive to efficiently invest in cleaner resources.

    As New York State studies its options to meet the goals of the CLCPA, Bouchez thinks the task force’s efforts are important and especially timely.

    “I think that there is a desire to lower our carbon emissions as a country and as a state. It's taking us down a future that I could have never anticipated in 2017 when we started this. This is a really exciting time for [the industry],” she said.

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    EP 39 - From Coal Energy to Clean Energy with Russ Bates Founder of NXTGEN Clean Energy Solutions

    EP 39 - From Coal Energy to Clean Energy with Russ Bates Founder of NXTGEN Clean Energy Solutions

    In this episode, Shelby is joined by Russ Bates who founded the clean energy company NXTGEN. Starting in the coal industry, Russ learned that clean energy was a more sustainable, long term, and stable industry to build his business. Listen to the full episode to hear how Russ changed his tune about coal and learn more about NXTGEN.

    Sources Below
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/nxtgen-clean-energy-solutions/
    https://www.nxtgencleanenergy.com/

    Connect with ATG:
    Tiktok: @atgshow
    YouTube @AllThingsGreenShow
    Website: https://oneplanetmedia.com/

    Ingredients for a Nuclear Power Renaissance with Brookfield All-Star Panel

    Ingredients for a Nuclear Power Renaissance with Brookfield All-Star Panel

    Nuclear energy is facing a marked uptick in private investment over the next five years, spurred by the escalating demand for clean energy and energy security. Both governments’ and the private sector's net-zero ambitions are driving significant interest in high-growth energy areas like nuclear energy. Further, according to the International Energy Agency, existing nuclear plants make up a large part of global energy production today - representing nearly 10% of global energy production and nearly 20% in advanced countries. The further growth of nuclear power is becoming critical to the decarbonization of the electricity grid and the growing market for emissions-free energy.

    In this episode, host Lincoln Payton brings together a panel from investment giant Brookfield Corporation to explore the transformative role that nuclear energy plays in the pursuit of a net-zero future, particularly in the private sector investment landscape. Joining Lincoln for this episode are Pramod Shukla, Managing Director in Brookfield’s Private Equity Group; Sam Meyers, Senior Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management; and Mike Daschle, SVP of Sustainability for Brookfield Properties. 

    The discussion spans the intricate considerations around nuclear power investments, the ability of nuclear power to meet the world’s growing energy demands, and the role of companies like Westinghouse within the broader nuclear industry. A projected and insightful outlook on nuclear energy, Lincoln and the panel acknowledge its significance and the expected evolution of investments and deployments over the next five years.

    Key Takeaways:

    1. Clean power is on the rise: the world is turning to nuclear energy as a critical tool for decarbonization, as this clean energy source offers a vital solution for achieving net-zero emissions goals.

    2. Gigawatt-scale giants lead the way: while smaller modular reactors (SMRs) hold immense potential for future deployments, their development remains in its early stages, meaning that larger, gigawatt-scale plants will likely dominate the energy landscape for the next decade.

    3. Public sentiment shifting in favor: public opinion toward nuclear power is undergoing a positive shift with growth in bipartisan support in the USA coupled with the urgency of climate action and the need for clean energy solutions, all of which paint a promising picture for the future of nuclear power.

    Resources:

     

    Transforming Our Energy System – Vanessa Chan, U.S. Dept of Energy

    Transforming Our Energy System – Vanessa Chan, U.S. Dept of Energy

    The theme across all of this, this clean energy transition, it is private sector led, but government enabled. So, we as a government are trying to enable the private sector to move faster so we can meet our very ambitious goal, which includes a 50% reduction from 2005 levels of greenhouse gas pollution by 2030… There's a lot of clean energy technologies that are underpinning all of this and, includes things like, clean hydrogen, advanced nuclear, virtual power plants, carbon capture and sequestration and so forth.”  Vanessa Chan on Electric Ladies Podcast

    While leaders across countries and sectors meet in Dubai this week for the UN climate conference known as COP28, engineers, scientists and business leaders across the country are transforming our energy system to be zero carbon emissions. They are powered in part by the billions of dollars in federal funding and incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act, the Infrastructure Investment Act and the CHIPS & Science Act.

    Where’s that money going? Listen to Vanessa Chan, Ph.D., Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the U.S. Dept. of Energy, explain it in this fascinating discussion with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson. 

    You’ll hear about:

    • The cool technologies transforming our energy system – and how innovating it works
    • How they are spending the billions in the Inflation Reduction Act, the Infrastructure Investment Act and the CHIPS and Science Act
    • How you can track their investments and progress
    • What it means for how you power your home, business or school
    • Plus, insightful career advice, including what she learned by working in distinctly different jobs – corporate, academia, as an entrepreneur, and now in government:

    Always live below your means. I cannot say that enough. You know, my late husband and I, we, shared a house where the four of us, including two kids, shared a bathroom. And this was when I was a McKinsey partner, and he was in a senior executive…which meant that we could bank all our money, which gave us huge financial flexibility going forward, which means you can take more risks, right?... I think second is, really be willing to follow a north star that matters to you and no one else. And so, my North Star has always been, am I interested in what am I doing and am I learning?” Vanessa Chan on Electric Ladies Podcast

    Read Joan’s Forbes articles here too.

    You'll also like:

    • Melissa Lott, Ph.D., Director of Research at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University – on what it will take to get to carbon zero.
    • Lauren Salz, CEO & Cofounder, Sealed, heat pumps company  - on how heat pumps work, and how you can leverage the new federal funding to get one inexpensively.
    • Halla Hrund Logadottir, Director-General, Iceland’s National Energy Authority, on how the country has become 85% renewable energy.
    • Meredyth Crichton, Ph.D., Clemson University Energy Innovation Unit  - on wind power
    • Jennifer Gerbi, Ph.D., Deputy Director and Acting Director, ARPA-E, the innovation arm of the Department of Energy

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    Episode 37: Decarbonizing the Value Chain with PwC’s Sadi Fieldsend and Jeff Briner

    Episode 37: Decarbonizing the Value Chain with PwC’s Sadi Fieldsend and Jeff Briner
    Clean energy is the hottest topic in every boardroom, but ever wonder what it would take to fully decarbonize the value chain? This week, PwC’s Sadi Fieldsend and Jeff Briner join us to discuss how companies have the power to transform not only their own supply chain, but society. Come join us as we discuss the Future of Supply Chain.

    Addressing Misconceptions: The Reality of Climate Change and Carbon Tax in Canada

    Addressing Misconceptions: The Reality of Climate Change and Carbon Tax in Canada

    In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Andrew discusses the myths and misconceptions surrounding clean energy in Canada. Joined by Jana Elbrecht, a policy advisor with Clean Energy Canada, they aim to debunk these narratives and shed light on the benefits of renewable energy. They explore topics such as the cost-effectiveness of transitioning to clean energy and the impact of carbon taxing.

    Tune in to learn more about the importance of clean energy and why it deserves recognition in Canada.

    Links mentioned in the episode:
    1) https://www.cer-rec.gc.ca/en/data-analysis/energy-markets/provincial-territorial-energy-profiles/provincial-territorial-energy-profiles-canada.html
    2) https://cleanenergycanada.org/media-brief-addressing-common-myths-around-renewable-power/
    3) https://cleanenergycanada.org/report/a-clean-bill/
    4) https://cleanenergycanada.org/households-in-nova-scotia-can-save-up-to-11000-a-year-by-choosing-clean-energy/

    In this episode, the guest explores the concept that failing to reach certain targets can actually be seen as an opportunity for growth and acceleration of plans. This perspective is crucial as it promotes a positive mindset and a willingness to learn from setbacks.

    The guest emphasizes the importance of not perceiving failure as an ultimate defeat, but rather as a chance to reassess and adjust strategies. They suggest that when targets are not met, it provides an opportunity to reflect on what went wrong and identify areas for improvement.

    By reframing failure as an opportunity, both organizations and individuals can approach setbacks with a growth mindset. Instead of becoming discouraged or giving up, they can utilize the experience to learn, adapt, and develop new strategies to achieve their goals.

    The guest also highlights the significance of accelerating plans when faced with failure to meet targets. This involves taking decisive action to address the gaps and shortcomings that led to the failure. It may entail implementing new technologies, adopting innovative approaches, or seeking partnerships and collaborations to expedite progress.

    Overall, this episode underscores the importance of viewing failure as an opportunity for growth and the acceleration of plans. By embracing this mindset, individuals and organizations can overcome setbacks and continue working towards their goals with renewed determination and resilience.

    Furthermore, the episode emphasizes the need for more widespread and informative discussions surrounding climate change and clean energy. Both the host and guest express their appreciation for having the opportunity to discuss these topics on the podcast, as they believe that this type of information is not often discussed on a level that reaches a wide audience. They express a desire to have more conversations like this to help people understand the progress being made toward clean energy and addressing climate change.

    The guest, Jana Alberts, mentions that there is a faction in Canada (and likely elsewhere in the world) that opposes taking action on climate change. However, she believes that this opposition stems from a lack of understanding and awareness of the opportunities that clean energy presents. She emphasizes that transitioning to clean energy could be a great opportunity for Canada, especially considering the country's already high percentage of clean electricity compared to other countries like Germany.

    The host also expresses frustration with a narrative that undermines the positive aspects of clean energy. They aim to use the podcast as a platform to dispel myths and narratives that may undermine the benefits of clean energy. They firmly believe that clean energy is a viable solution and want to provide informative discussions to counteract any misinformation or doubts surrounding it.

    During the episode, the host addresses the existence of myths and narratives that manipulate people into thinking that clean energy is ineffective, which they find frustrating. They wanted to dedicate this episode to debunking these misconceptions and providing accurate information about clean energy. They express frustration with the narrative that pushes against the positive aspects of clean energy.

    One of the myths discussed in the episode is the belief that clean energy is expensive. The host asks the guest, Jana Alberts, about the cost of transitioning to clean energy, specifically in terms of purchasing solar panels for roofs or electric vehicles (EVs). Jana explains that the opposite is true and that clean energy is actually becoming more affordable. She points out that this is a common myth they often encounter.

    Another myth mentioned is the concern about the intermittency of renewable energy sources like wind and solar. The host asks Jana about the common worry of what happens if the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine. Jana addresses this by highlighting countries like Denmark, which have a high share of renewable energy in their electricity generation without experiencing blackouts or major issues. This example challenges the myth that renewable energy is unreliable.

    Overall, the episode aims to debunk these myths and provide accurate information about the effectiveness and affordability of clean energy.

    Addressing Misconceptions: The Reality of Climate Change and Carbon Tax in Canada

    Addressing Misconceptions: The Reality of Climate Change and Carbon Tax in Canada

    In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Andrew discusses the myths and misconceptions surrounding clean energy in Canada. Joined by Jana Elbrecht, a policy advisor with Clean Energy Canada, they aim to debunk these narratives and shed light on the benefits of renewable energy. They explore topics such as the cost-effectiveness of transitioning to clean energy and the impact of carbon taxing.

    Tune in to learn more about the importance of clean energy and why it deserves recognition in Canada.

    Links mentioned in the episode:
    1) https://www.cer-rec.gc.ca/en/data-analysis/energy-markets/provincial-territorial-energy-profiles/provincial-territorial-energy-profiles-canada.html
    2) https://cleanenergycanada.org/media-brief-addressing-common-myths-around-renewable-power/
    3) https://cleanenergycanada.org/report/a-clean-bill/
    4) https://cleanenergycanada.org/households-in-nova-scotia-can-save-up-to-11000-a-year-by-choosing-clean-energy/

    In this episode, the guest explores the concept that failing to reach certain targets can actually be seen as an opportunity for growth and acceleration of plans. This perspective is crucial as it promotes a positive mindset and a willingness to learn from setbacks.

    The guest emphasizes the importance of not perceiving failure as an ultimate defeat, but rather as a chance to reassess and adjust strategies. They suggest that when targets are not met, it provides an opportunity to reflect on what went wrong and identify areas for improvement.

    By reframing failure as an opportunity, both organizations and individuals can approach setbacks with a growth mindset. Instead of becoming discouraged or giving up, they can utilize the experience to learn, adapt, and develop new strategies to achieve their goals.

    The guest also highlights the significance of accelerating plans when faced with failure to meet targets. This involves taking decisive action to address the gaps and shortcomings that led to the failure. It may entail implementing new technologies, adopting innovative approaches, or seeking partnerships and collaborations to expedite progress.

    Overall, this episode underscores the importance of viewing failure as an opportunity for growth and the acceleration of plans. By embracing this mindset, individuals and organizations can overcome setbacks and continue working towards their goals with renewed determination and resilience.

    Furthermore, the episode emphasizes the need for more widespread and informative discussions surrounding climate change and clean energy. Both the host and guest express their appreciation for having the opportunity to discuss these topics on the podcast, as they believe that this type of information is not often discussed on a level that reaches a wide audience. They express a desire to have more conversations like this to help people understand the progress being made toward clean energy and addressing climate change.

    The guest, Jana Alberts, mentions that there is a faction in Canada (and likely elsewhere in the world) that opposes taking action on climate change. However, she believes that this opposition stems from a lack of understanding and awareness of the opportunities that clean energy presents. She emphasizes that transitioning to clean energy could be a great opportunity for Canada, especially considering the country's already high percentage of clean electricity compared to other countries like Germany.

    The host also expresses frustration with a narrative that undermines the positive aspects of clean energy. They aim to use the podcast as a platform to dispel myths and narratives that may undermine the benefits of clean energy. They firmly believe that clean energy is a viable solution and want to provide informative discussions to counteract any misinformation or doubts surrounding it.

    During the episode, the host addresses the existence of myths and narratives that manipulate people into thinking that clean energy is ineffective, which they find frustrating. They wanted to dedicate this episode to debunking these misconceptions and providing accurate information about clean energy. They express frustration with the narrative that pushes against the positive aspects of clean energy.

    One of the myths discussed in the episode is the belief that clean energy is expensive. The host asks the guest, Jana Alberts, about the cost of transitioning to clean energy, specifically in terms of purchasing solar panels for roofs or electric vehicles (EVs). Jana explains that the opposite is true and that clean energy is actually becoming more affordable. She points out that this is a common myth they often encounter.

    Another myth mentioned is the concern about the intermittency of renewable energy sources like wind and solar. The host asks Jana about the common worry of what happens if the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine. Jana addresses this by highlighting countries like Denmark, which have a high share of renewable energy in their electricity generation without experiencing blackouts or major issues. This example challenges the myth that renewable energy is unreliable.

    Overall, the episode aims to debunk these myths and provide accurate information about the effectiveness and affordability of clean energy.

    Ep. 29: Julie Tighe on Leading the NY League of Conservation Voters and Joining the NYISO’s Environmental Advisory Council

    Ep. 29: Julie Tighe on Leading the NY League of Conservation Voters and Joining the NYISO’s Environmental Advisory Council

    In this episode of our Power Trends podcast, Julie Tighe discusses her role leading the New York League of Conservation Voters, and her recent addition to the NYISO’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC). The EAC, which was formed in 2005, provides information and analysis on state and federal environmental policies relative to NYISO’s mission of grid reliability.

    “No one is going to be happy if the air conditioning goes out in a heat wave. So, we need to be strategic about that,” she said.

    NYLCV’s efforts range from advocating for clean air and water to working with the real estate industry on constructing greener buildings. 

    “[The League is] the political arm of the environmental movement here in New York, where we really hold elected officials accountable for their actions on environmental policy,” she explained.

    In the interview, Julie discusses new grid-level technology being developed, including thermal energy networks, that could address growing consumer electric demand. Tighe said it’s crucial to avoid “pie in the sky policy” and work on practical solutions that address decarbonization goals while maintaining system reliability.

    Julie also speaks to the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019, arguably the nation’s most ambitious set of state decarbonization policies.  “On the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act…the state went through a robust planning process with a significant amount of public input, lots of stakeholders who were involved in the conversation, really setting out the roadmap for how we are going to achieve these big, bold, ambitious goals of getting to an economy that is 85% emissions reduction by 2050,” she said.

    “We need to have big stretch goals…but I also think we need to make sure that they are, in fact, technically achievable in a manner that's affordable,” she said. 

    Read the announcement of Julie Tighe’s addition to the New York ISO’s Environmental Advisory Council

    Additional Resources and Information

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    New York League of Conservation Voters 

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