Energy Policy Now offers clear talk on the issues that define our relationship with energy and its impact on society and the environment.
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|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|December 15, 2020||Energy Storage’s Seasonal Challenge||Oscar Serpell||Electricity storage technologies have proven their worth in balancing daily fluctuations in wind and solar output. But can storage address the challenges presented by the decarbonized grid of the future?|
|November 10, 2020||Offshore Wind Presents Big Challenge for the Electric Grid||Brandon Burke||Large scale offshore wind development will require a rethink of how America’s electric grid is designed, and paid for.|
|September 29, 2020||Zoning Rules Stifle Urban Clean Energy. Can The Rules Be Rewritten?||Sara Bronin||Outmoded and often discriminatory zoning laws block clean energy development in low-income urban neighborhoods. An effort is underway to update rules, and enable clean energy equity.|
|June 9, 2020||How a Green New Deal Could Redraw America’s Map||Billy Fleming, Alexandra Lillehei||Climate change, and the policies to address it, will change where we live and work and how we produce energy and food. Two environmental designers discuss an atlas of our country’s future.|
|April 15, 2020||As Residential Solar’s Capabilities Expand, Does New Growth Await?||Anne Hoskins||The residential solar power industry faces the expiration of a key tax break and resistance to net-metering. But with solar’s emerging role in grid services—coupled with additional battery storage—solar is becoming a valuable tool for grid resiliency.|
|March 17, 2020||Will the Clean Energy Transition Bring Energy Equality?||Daniel Kammen||Nobel Laureate Daniel Kammen, head of U.C. Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, discusses the development of clean energy solutions that meet the social and developmental needs of the communities they serve.|
|July 24, 2018||U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Arrives||Jim Bennett, Brandon Burke||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 the future of offshore wind.|
|May 31, 2018||Are 100% Renewable Energy Targets Realistic?||Karl Hausker||A number of states are pushing legislation that would require 100% renewable energy supply. But challenges ranging from high costs to the duck curve could make such targets hard to reach.|
|January 31, 2018||Envisioning a Low Carbon, Lowest Cost Grid||Jesse Jenkins||Today’s electric grid will need to be reimagined to deliver carbon-free power. MIT’s Jesse Jenkins talks about what a deeply decarbonized electricity system might look like, and how to build it at lowest cost.|
|December 12, 2017||Grid Operator PJM Talks Details of Energy Price Formation||Stu Bresler, Christina Simeone||The Energy Department’s proposal to shore up coal and nuclear power plants could undermine the very foundations of competitive electricity markets. PJM Interconnection’s Stu Bresler, SVP for Operations and Markets, weighs in on DOE’s proposal, and offers PJM’s alternative.|
|November 14, 2017||Distributed Energy’s Wholesale Opportunity||Ari Peskoe||Owners of rooftop solar could soon begin selling power into wholesale electricity markets, the traditional domain of big coal, gas and nuclear generators. The catch: electricity markets need to get fully behind the switch.|
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.
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.