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October 19, 2021 Who Pays the Price for Stranded Energy Assets? Matthew Kahn A climate economist looks at the impact that the stranding of fossil fuel assets may have on communities, and at policies that might mitigate economic hardship.
October 5, 2021 What Stands Between Louisiana and a Resilient Electric Grid? Robert Verchick Hurricane Ida was the most recent storm to wreak havoc on Louisiana’s electric grid.  A legal expert discusses the struggle to provide resilient power in the state as weather and climate risks grow.
September 21, 2021 Can Americans Afford to Fully Electrify Their Homes? Lucas Davis, Andy Stone A leading energy economist explores the cost of electrifying home heating, the top source of energy demand and carbon emissions in American homes.
July 27, 2021 Rare Earth Elements Pose Environmental, Economic Risks for Clean Energy Amy Chu, Oscar Serpell Rare earth elements are essential to many clean energy technologies, yet their production can bring severe environmental impacts. A new report grapples with rare earths’ environmental liabilities and efforts to diversify supply beyond China.
July 13, 2021 As Climate Concerns Rise, What Role Will Natural Gas Play? Peter Fraser The head of the International Energy Agency’s gas division discusses the outlook for natural gas as global efforts to address carbon emissions intensify.
June 29, 2021 Why Is It So Hard to Build the Electric Grid of the Future? Rob Gramlich America’s electric grid is ill-equipped to enable the low carbon energy system of the future.  A grid policy expert explores the policy and economic changes that will be needed to bring the grid up to date.
June 15, 2021 Can the FERC Be Made Accountable to Communities and the Environment? Shelley Welton Congress has directed the nation’s regulator for natural gas and electricity infrastructure to be more responsive to community and environmental concerns. Will FERC’s new Office of Public Participation deliver on the promise of public inclusion?
June 1, 2021 Coal Communities Seek Their Post-Coal Future Heidi Binko Heidi Binko, Executive Director of the Just Transition Fund, discusses the challenges coal communities face in adapting to a post-coal future, and strategies for economic transition.
May 18, 2021 Powering Women’s Economic Development Through Equal Access to Energy Sheila Oparaocha Sheila Oparaocha of the International Network on Gender and Sustainability discusses the global effort to ensure gender equality in energy access, as an essential foundation for economic development and public health. 
May 4, 2021 The Potential, and Risks, of Nature-Based Climate Solutions Nathalie Seddon Nature-based climate solutions can play a major role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. But biodiversity risks, and community impacts, loom large.
April 20, 2021 Combating Energy Poverty in the U.S. Tony Reames One-third of American households struggle to pay for their basic energy needs. University of Michigan’s Tony Reames explores the role of policy in overcoming energy poverty.
April 6, 2021 How Big a Threat Is the Supreme Court to Biden’s Climate Agenda? Cary Coglianese President Biden will rely upon regulatory agencies like the EPA to push his ambitious clean energy and climate agenda. Yet increasingly conservative courts could stand in the way of Biden’s plans.
March 23, 2021 A Primer on Carbon Dioxide Removal Erica L. Belmont, Jeremy Freeman, Noah McQueen, Peter Psarras, Toly Rinberg Carbon Dioxide Removal is an industrial-scale strategy to hold climate change in check. Five experts weigh in on CDR’s potential, challenges and moral hazards.
March 9, 2021 What’s Driving Corporate America’s Big Bets on Clean Energy? Miranda Ballentine, Bryn Baker Corporate renewable energy deals were equal to a quarter of total U.S. electric power additions in 2020. The Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance talks policies to accelerate clean energy purchasing.
February 23, 2021 The U.S. Is Back in Paris. Will It Regain Its Role as Climate Leader? Joanna Lewis The U.S. forfeited leadership in the global effort to combat climate change when it left the Paris Agreement. Now back, will the U.S. resume its former role?

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Podcast Producer & Host

Since the first season of our podcast series, Andy Stone has directed each episode of Energy Policy Now—defining topics, inviting guests, and leading informative conversations.

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Andy Stone

Energy Policy Now Host and Producer
Andy Stone is producer and host of Energy Policy Now, the Kleinman Center’s podcast series. He previously worked in business planning with PJM Interconnection and was a senior energy reporter at Forbes Magazine.