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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.
October 31, 2017 A City Blazes Its Clean Energy Trail Adam Agalloco A growing number of U.S. cities have set aggressive clean energy and efficiency targets, but the complexity and cost of energy transition can be daunting. Philadelphia’s Energy Manager offers insights into his city’s new plan to go 100% renewable and cut energy use.
October 17, 2017 Building Resilient Coastlines Billy Fleming, Ellen Neises The U.S. government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars over the past decade to rebuild U.S. cities following hurricanes, yet coastlines remain vulnerable to repeat disaster. Two Penn urban policy experts discuss coastal resiliency and the process by which government allocates recovery funds.
October 5, 2017 The Future of the EPA and Clean Power Gina McCarthy Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy weighs in on the fate of the Clean Power Plan, and the EPA itself, under current Administrator Scott Pruitt.
September 19, 2017 Where Coal Mining Brings Environmental Benefits Greg Driscoll, John Stefanko Can tightly regulated coal mining help undo decades worth of environmental damage caused by the coal industry?  A Pennsylvania DEP official, and a mining executive, discuss efforts to remediate water and land in the state’s Anthracite coal region.
September 5, 2017 The Road Forward for Electric Vehicles John Paul MacDuffie The electric vehicle market seems poised to take off, with high demand for Tesla’s Model 3 and growing attention from big automakers. Yet challenges that stalled EV growth in the past, namely sparse charging infrastructure and high costs, persist. A Wharton School expert looks at the role policymakers can take to support, or sink, the EV renaissance.
July 10, 2017 Balancing the Benefits and Costs of Environmental Regulation Cary Coglianese , Alan Krupnick The Trump Administration has framed regulation as a drag on the economy and jobs. Yet how much do we really understand about the true benefits and costs of protecting the environment? Two legal and regulatory experts weigh in.
June 27, 2017 Can Nuclear Bailouts and Electricity Markets Coexist? David Cherney, Christina Simeone Recent financial bailouts of nuclear reactors in New York and Illinois highlight the conflict between states’ environmental goals and the integrity of electricity markets.  As more states weigh subsidies, debate over their market impact and legality expand.
June 13, 2017 Climate Change and the Future of Risk Howard Kunreuther The risk models that policymakers, insurers and communities rely on to predict the nature and frequency of weather-related disasters are becoming less reliable as climate change advances.  A Wharton School climate risk expert examines how we might adequately, and equitably, prepare for future disasters.
May 30, 2017 The Economics of Climate Change Per Krusell How much should countries spend today to avoid climate change impacts that may be far into the future?  A renown economist discusses the emerging discipline of climate economics and explores means of efficiently putting mitigation funds to work.
May 16, 2017 Carbon Capture’s Clean Coal Ambition John Quigley Carbon capture and storage has the potential to dramatically reduce the carbon emissions from the burning of coal. Yet the technology’s boosters need to overcome high costs, and major infrastructure challenges, if they’re to make a dent in emissions.
May 1, 2017 Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Should they Stay or Should they Go? Gilbert Metcalf Fossil fuel tax breaks cost the U.S. $4 billion per year. A former Treasury Department Environment and Energy official looks at whether that’s money well spent.
April 18, 2017 Without the U.S., Does Paris Climate Deal Collapse? Andrew Light A senior member of the U.S. State Department’s Paris negotiating team explores the implications of a Trump administration pullback from global climate deal.
April 3, 2017 The Many Fronts of Trump’s Environmental Deregulation Effort Cary Coglianese The Trump administration is leveraging an array of legal and political tools to roll back environmental protections. A U. Penn environmental law expert takes a look a Trump’s strategy, pitfalls that await, and the potential for protections to endure.
March 28, 2017 Distributed Energy: Utilities’ Existential Challenge? Sonny Popowsky Distributed energy technologies like rooftop solar are eating away at electric utilities’ business. Can utilities adapt, and at what cost to consumers?


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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.


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.