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Looking to understand the fast-changing world of energy? This isn't your ordinary energy business show. Every week, we debate and discuss the latest trends in energy, cleantech, renewables, and the environment. Join us as we explore the forces transforming energy markets in America and around the world.
 
The energy system is changing fast. Come explore the future with journalist Stephen Lacey and venture capitalist Shayle Kann. Each week, they'll take you on a tour of the global energy transformation, providing provide insight into technology trends, markets, and companies -- making for wonky and entertaining listening.
 
Greentech Media (GTM) is devoted to covering emerging green and clean technologies. As renewable energy becomes an increasingly large sector, the business community needs a source with up-to-the-minute news on solar, smart grid, enterprise energy solutions, wind energy, electric vehicles, biofuels, water, batteries and storage, finance and VC, and policy throughout the sectors. Visit www.greentechmedia.com for more stories, research, webinars, and conferences.
 
The Coolest Show presented by Think 100% is a masterclass on the intersections of race, climate, gender, and justice. The show is hosted by long-time civil and human rights activist Rev Lennox Yearwood Jr., the President and CEO of Hip Hop Caucus. In over 55 compelling episodes since 2018, The Coolest Show has shared breaking news, captivating stories, and dispelled false narratives that communities of color are not engaged in the climate and environmental movement. Guests include government ...
 
SolarWakeup Live! is the insider's guide to the solar and energy markets. Hosted by Yann Brandt, the managing editor of SolarWakeup and CEO of Wakeup Media. Yann Brandt is a veteran executive of the solar industry. After several startups, Yann also founded SolarWakeup, the most influential newsletter in the industry. SolarWakeup is now a big part of Wakeup Media and Yann continues to work in solar investing hundreds of millions of dollars across the Country. Join Yann as he walks you through ...
 
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Does the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean the future of federal climate policy is in jeopardy? What will a changed Supreme Court mean for climate change, and for the all-important endangerment finding? The Gang weighs in. Then, the great plastic cover-up. How important are plastics to the profits of fossil fuel companies? We dive into an im…
 
Everything is intersectional and interdisciplinary. Systems of injustice work in tandem, and we must work together so we do not recreate or internalize them. Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. We caught up with him to discuss multi-issued cau…
 
Abolition is tearing down systems that do harm and reimagining the world we want to live in. Violence comes from a lack of resources, and supplying oppressive systems with more resources is an ineffective response. Destiny Harris is a Black queer organizer, artist, abolitionist, and poet from the West Side of Chicago. We caught up with her to discu…
 
Tiny Home Tour – Kenton Zerbin teaches permaculture across Canada and he built his own super sustainable tiny home just outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. At 262 sq. feet his tiny home has big features, is super efficient and allows Kenton to live large with a small footprint. CKUA Radio Green Energy Futures Podcast. Learn more, take a video tou…
 
Kenton Zerbin is a school teacher who was so concerned about the future of our planted he opted out of the school system to teach people about permaculture. This week on CKUA Radio's Green Energy Futures we talk to Kenton at his tiny home just outside Edmonton, Alberta about leaving the security of a full-time teaching position to start a business …
 
In this episode of the SolarWakeup podcast, Yann talks to Mike O’Boyle from Energy Innovation where he is the Director of Electricity Policy. Energy Innovation recently published a report authored by Mike that looks at the southeastern US energy market if it were based on competitive power markets instead of monopolies. The results are as expected,…
 
This week on Watt It Takes: Powerhouse CEO Emily Kirsch sits down with Michael Liebreich. You may know Liebreich as the brain behind New Energy Finance, which was sold to Bloomberg in 2009. But before that company, Leibreich started a ski-based travel startup and invested in a portfolio of companies that lost 90 percent of their value in the dot-co…
 
In recent weeks, five million acres have burned across California, Oregon and Washington State -- killing dozens, displacing tens of thousands of people, and causing untold damage. In California, over three million acres have burned since the start of the year. At the height of the current wildfire outbreak, western cities had the worst air polluti…
 
In order for us to survive and thrive, we must transition to a green economy where there is opportunity for not only jobs but ownership. Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country. Kristal Hansley is the first Black woman in the U.S. to own a community solar company, as the founder and CEO of WeSolar Inc. We caught up…
 
Carbon Plunk – After creating a zero-carbon supply chain for his wild birdseed company and creating the longest green highway of contiguous EV chargers in the world Kent Rathwell has a very big idea: measure carbon, plant trees and sequester carbon in Carbon Plunk Parks around the world. Green Energy Futures CKUA Radio Podcast. Learn more in our bl…
 
Years ago Kent Rathwell CEO of Sun Country Farms said something audacious - "My wife and I bought a birdseed company and I wanted to prove that you could have a zero-emission company in Saskatchewan and still be sustainable" He went on to create the longest Green Highway of electric vehicle chargers in the world. This is his story. GreenEnergyFutur…
 
Protect the Arctic is a special 3 part series on The Coolest Show. We are covering the urgency to preserve the Arctic Refuge from the Trump administration’s efforts to expand oil and gas development. Their plan is to lease 1.6 million acres on the Coastal Plains of the Arctic Refuge before the end of the year, and the plan must be stopped. . This e…
 
Protect the Arctic is a special 3 part series on The Coolest Show. We are covering the urgency to preserve the Arctic Refuge from the Trump administration’s efforts to expand oil and gas development. Their plan is to lease 1.6 million acres on the Coastal Plains of the Arctic Refuge before the end of the year, and the plan must be stopped.. This ep…
 
Protect the Arctic is a special 3 part series on The Coolest Show. We are covering the urgency to preserve the Arctic Refuge from the Trump administration’s efforts to expand oil and gas development. Their plan is to lease 1.6 million acres on the Coastal Plains of the Arctic Refuge before the end of the year, and the plan must be stopped. This epi…
 
In the first half of 2020, renewables beat out fossil fuels on the grid in Europe for the first time. They didn’t only beat out coal -- they beat out all fossil fuels put together. We’ll look at what the milestone means. Then, 30 major companies have come together in a new joint lobbying organization to flex united power for clean energy. Will it m…
 
There are still questions about what exactly caused California’s blackouts during last month’s heat wave. We know that imports were down, natural gas plants tripped off line, and wind generation fell. But what about all those air conditioners, batteries and industrial loads that are supposed to support the grid? What role did they play -- or didn’t…
 
The Environmental Justice for All Act holds the government and industry accountable to the people and gives communities the right to redress. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) and Rep. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. We caught up with them to discuss the gutting of the EPA, voting for …
 
This week on Watt It Takes: Powerhouse CEO Emily Kirsch sits down with green jobs pioneer Van Jones. Jones may be best known for “The Van Jones Show” and “The Redemption Project,” which both air on CNN. He is also the author of three best-selling books, including “The Green Collar Economy.” But long before the high-profile Green New Deal, Jones was…
 
As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are actively grieving those we have lost to COVID-19. The legacy of resilience is present in today’s generation, as they refuse to sweep issues like the aftermath of Katrina under the rug. Mia X is a best selling author, professor of music, and known as the Mother of Southern Gangsta R…
 
This week: how an innocuous grid-modeling project became a threat to Trump’s efforts to save coal -- and then languished inside the Department of Energy. It’s one of many pieces of research that have been suppressed by the current administration. What is the study? What does it tell us about the systematic dismantling of government under Trump? Wha…
 
In this episode Yann talks to Gabe Phillips, the CEO and founder of Catalyst Power. Catalyst received the backing of BP Energy Partners to the tune of $60million in order to scale their retail energy business. Gabe describes the novel approach to distributed generation development in coordination with the retail energy business under the same busin…
 
We are just over two months away from America’s presidential election. And that means we are days away from one of the most consequential political moments ever for the planet. Joe Biden put climate and cleantech jobs at the top of his priorities in last week’s nomination speech. His VP pick, Kamala Harris, says she’ll use her background as a prose…
 
Last week, short-term blackouts rolled across an overheated California after the grid operator said there was not enough power to meet demand. This wasn’t supposed to happen again. Not after the Enron scandal. Not after 19 years of reforms. We have a very different grid now. Renewables skeptics, including President Trump, are seizing on the inciden…
 
Richard Zurawski is a meteorologist, TV personality and the architect on City Council that crafted HalifACT 2050 a climate change plan to get to carbon neutrality for Halifax, Nova Scotia. Green Energy Futures CKUA Radio Podcast - Learn more: https://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/halifact-2050-how-halifax-got-its-climate-plan-and-a-goal-of-carb…
 
In this episode Yann talks to Tim Rochman who leads all things solar at EagleView Technologies. Eagleview works with municipalities and insurance companies around the Country to provide data on real estate or after a natural disaster. Eagleview entered the solar market to help solar installers get better data through imagery for faster and more acc…
 
“Electrify everything” isn’t just a good slogan. It’s the fastest way to decarbonize and create tens of millions of jobs -- and it can be done using off-the-shelf technology. A respected squad of researchers did the math on a swap-out of every aging boiler, truck and power plant -- and replacing it with equipment that won’t burn fossil fuels ever a…
 
COVID is changing life as we know it and it’s showing us how unequal crises are. Antonique Smith is a Grammy nominated singer, actress, artivist, climate champion, and has been a co-host on The Coolest Show. On this special episode, she and Rev Yearwood catch up to discuss being an artist and artivist in 2020, staying creative during the pandemic, …
 
We’re constantly going through waves of hype in different energy sectors: flexible solar panels, vertical-axis wind, electric planes, vehicle-to-grid, the smart home, blockchain. Some are real, some are not. Some just need to mature. So what phase are we in now? In this episode, Shayle and Stephen are digging into different sectors and trends at va…
 
On this week’s episode of The Energy Gang: big energy companies are putting together bids for multi- renewable power -- and it’s merchant. Global investment in offshore wind more than quadrupled in the first half of this year. More new wind farms were approved at the height of the pandemic than during all last year. Some of offshore projects includ…
 
We may be facing one of the worst economic downturns in American history, but it hasn’t stopped the surge in battery storage development. We’re constantly hearing the phrase “world’s largest” or “record breaking” as new gigawatt-scale projects are unveiled weekly. Small-scale batteries are being attached to more than one-third of residential solar …
 
“Now is the moment to make a significant shift. Now is the moment to root in love and justice. Now is the moment to create economies that actually work for everyone.” Rahwa Ghirmatzion is the Executive Director of PUSH Buffalo. We caught up with her to discuss collective responsibility, community ownership, and the rich history of Buffalo, New York…
 
Künstliche Intelligenz: Ein Zukunftsthema, das uns zu großem Fortschritt verhilft, aber auch gleichzeitig mit großer Skepsis verfolgt wird. Die Idee von menschlichen Robotern, die die Welt regieren, ist oft spannende Grundlage für Hollywood-Filme. Doch KI ist schon längst in unseren Wohnzimmern, auf den Straßen oder im Gesundheitssystem angekommen …
 
Climate is not just a planet problem, it’s a people problem. This is the time to shift power within the climate movement towards people driven just solutions. Gina McCarthy is the President and CEO of NRDC and former EPA Administrator under President Obama. We caught up with her to what she has learned from past movements, what an intergenerational…
 
Comedy is often used to critique the status quo, disrupt harmful dominant narratives, and invite needed hope and optimism into challenging issues. Using comedy in activism can help people digest the serious and often overwhelming topic of the climate crisis. Caty Borum Chattoo is the executive director of the Center for Media & Social Impact. We ca…
 
The world looked bleak for startups in the spring. According to figures from Crunchbase, venture capital deals were down 44 percent from March to June compared with last year. Seed-stage deals took the biggest hit, down nearly 60 percent. But series B deals also took a hit. It was difficult at any stage of funding. Deals are finally coming back. Ob…
 
Dan Yates and his co-founder Alex Laskey built Opower, an efficiency company that saves more energy every year than the hoover dam can generate. It was based on cutting-edge behavioral science -- but it wasn’t always clear how the science would play out. “It wasn’t okay with us to just know that there was going to be a result. It had to be a certai…
 
In this episode Yann talks to John Powers of Extensible Energy. Extensible sells the DemandEx platform which is referred to as a virtual battery. The virtual battery allows buildings to operate more efficiently with minimal hardware, lowering the cost of implementation and speeding up the process. By managing thermal loads, DemandEx is targeting th…
 
It's the largest and perhaps the coolest installation of architectural solar in Canada. The sun shines through the translucent solar modules of the Edmonton Shaw Convention Centre – we take a tour with Adam Yereniuk of Kuby Renewable Energy this week on Green Energy Futures CKUA podcast. Learn more http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/solar-as-…
 
Joe Biden just released a plan to address climate change on a trillion-dollar scale. Along with focusing on rapid deployment of renewables, it also devotes resources to environmental justice, sustainable housing, clean transportation, and networking. What would it mean? And who's informing the ideas? We’ll dig in. Then Facebook's disinformation pro…
 
It is time to get on track. The fossil fuel industry has received billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds, while communities of color see increased poisoning and vulnerability to the pandemic. We must continue to mobilize and build coalitions, as there is strength in numbers. Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán is U.S. Congresswoman for California’s 44…
 
As the pandemic continues, so are the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks. With weakened restrictions on monitoring air pollution, we have no idea how bad it really is. Heather McTeer Toney is the National Field Director of Moms Clean Air Force, former mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, and former Regional Administrator for the EPA under …
 
Coronavirus is reshaping the way we move around. Will we emerge from this pandemic with smarter planning? Or will it dismantle already-weakened public transportation systems? When economies across the world shut down all at once in March, the impact on transportation systems was immediate. According to the International Energy Agency, activity on r…
 
Electric bike sales are soaring, as much as 300 per cent higher, all in response to the COVID-19 crisis. It's ironic, but bikes are now seen as a "safe" form of transportation and e-bikes are expanding our concept of what a bicycle can do as a form of transportation. This week on Green Energy Futures CKUA Podcast we talk to an EV columnist and a gu…
 
A group of House lawmakers recently released a 547-page report on climate change. Reporters at E&E News call it “arguably the most comprehensive climate policy plan in American politics.” The report spells out in great detail how to use Congressional policy to decarbonize the economy. It was the result of nearly a year of input from hundreds of exp…
 
Young climate activists carry the weight of the world on their shoulders in a world that is ever presenting new crises and challenges. How do they cope? How do they thrive? . Jamie Margolin is the co-founder of This Is Zero Hour and author of Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It. We caught up with her to discuss 21st century activism, colon…
 
Earlier this month, Sunrun, the largest residential solar company in the U.S., declared its intent to acquire Vivint Solar, the second largest installer. It’s an all-stock transaction that would value the combined entity at over $9 billion. It's a big deal -- literally. The enterprise value attached to Vivint is $3.2 billion, which makes it the lar…
 
In this episode we talk with the CEO of Inovateus Solar, TJ Kanczuzewksi, about their recently released sustainability report. Inovateus sees sustainability in two parts, first being the sustainability of their customers and why they are going solar and second, the sustainability of the solar construction and life cycle. Inovateus is based in South…
 
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