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The Freeing Energy Podcast

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The Freeing Energy Podcast

Bill Nussey - Clean Energy CEO & TED Speaker

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Hear from energy pioneers from across the globe who are accelerating the shift to clean energy by making their own electric power for their homes, offices, and communities. Join TED speaker and Solar Inventions CEO Bill Nussey and co-host Sam Easterby as they talk to the individuals who are disrupting the century-old grid monopoly and making clean, local energy a reality. Visit FreeingEnergy.com for more.
 
A new podcast that focuses on power has launched. We’ll be discussing a wide variety of interesting and helpful topics with industry experts each month, giving you an exclusive look into the power industry and beyond. Please remember to subscribe to our channel to get the latest episode updates
 
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Behind The Switch

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Behind The Switch

An educational podcast about the electric industry presented by Synapse Energy Economics and Climable.org

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Welcome to Behind The Switch! We are an energy industry podcast focusing on communicating complex and current issues in the electricity industry to a wide audience in stand-alone mini-series. Sponsored by Synapse Energy Economics and Climable.org, our goal is to harness a unique expertise in the energy world to be able to elaborate upon all of the ways that decisions behind your electricity switch impact your life on a day to day basis.
 
The energy revolution is coming, and it's all hands on deck. Amplifying the expertise of the leaders in the new energy economy and inviting diverse voices to the table, we'll talk solar power, battery storage and battery alternatives, microgrids, renewable energy, distributed energy architectures, energy policy, energy equity, and all things energy. I'm your host, Amy Simpkins, renewable energy CEO (and Rocket Scientist) and I am passionate about creating sustainable change. I believe that a ...
 
The Clean Power Hour podcast is speeding the clean energy transition. Tim Montague and John Weaver highlight clean energy innovations shaping the next generation of renewable energy sources. We discuss the latest solar PV, battery storage, wind, water, wave and other low carbon technologies. We answer the question: How can we decarbonize the economy? We promote the economic opportunity of electrifying everything - transportation, energy, industry and the built environment. Let's speed the cl ...
 
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Our Resilient Puerto Rico series has explored topics like energy justice, solar energy accessibility, and community resilience, all within the context of Puerto Rico. In this episode, we are joined again by Captain Richard Birt, a veteran of the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department. In the name of community resilience and safety, he has taken the i…
 
Jill Schlesinger, CBS News business analyst and host of "Jill On Money," joins us to discuss tax season, savings and more financial tips to get ahead before the start of the new year. And, scientists warn as the climate changes, we can expect more frequent and powerful storms to disrupt the electric grid. But as WBUR's Bruce Gellerman reports, two …
 
Republican strategist Jason Roe and Democratic strategist Adrian Hemond join us to discuss the political challenges that school closures during the pandemic present for Democrats, and how Republicans plan to take advantage of it. And, a group of Massachusetts-based researchers and advocates say changing the name of schizophrenia could reduce the st…
 
"The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill" tells the inside story of one of the country's first internet celebrity pastors and how his fall from grace shattered a community. Podcast host Mike Cosper talks about this intersection of faith, fame and power. And, U.S. is sticking with its diplomatic boycott of China over human rights concerns ahead of the Olympi…
 
With the U.S. making a huge push into offshore wind, how do these projects go from conception to contruction to production? Attorney Kevin Ewing from the law firm Bracewell LLP joined us to talk about how it all works – the legal and regulatory challenges, offshore lease auction process, litigation, environmental studies, public commentary and much…
 
The Canadian government has agreed to pay $31 billion to compensate Indigenous families of about 115,000 children who were put into foster care for what Manitoba Indigenous Chief Cindy Woodhouse says had to do with poverty and racism — not parenting. She joins us. And, alpacas are abundant in Ohio. Questions about how to bolster the production of a…
 
The HBO documentary "Simple As Water" looks at four Syrian families who have been displaced and separated by the civil war. Filmmaker Megan Mylan joins us. And, chef Tanya Holland has closed her trailblazing Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, California. She talks about her next chapter and what soul food dishes give her comfort these days.…
 
Verification of carbon credits takes time and effort, so only large project developers have been able to invest in the upfront costs of carbon credits. Solstream's algorithm tracks the small quantities of solar electricity produced by millions of solar home systems distributed across vast rural areas and converts them into carbon credits. These cre…
 
Roblox is a global phenomenon and the most popular video game platform in the U.S. and Europe. But critics say the company hasn't done enough to protect kids or share profits with the young developers. Journalist Quintin Smith talks about his investigations into Roblox Corporation. And, U.S. senators begin debating legislation on voting rights on T…
 
Last month, The New York Times delved into one specific website which provides methods, encouragement and even pressure to die by suicide. Journalist Megan Twohey co-reported the story, which serves as a cautionary tale for those who find these sites while they're looking for support. And, in Louisiana, more than 30 alligators have received the scr…
 
90% of real estate in America is owned by a third party. And this is a big part of what makes rooftop solar so challenging in the commercial and industrial space. How do you convince a property owner to install rooftop solar when it’s the tenant who pays the utility bill? How do you develop systems that work at scale and can expand as regulations c…
 
Listen in as host Bill Nussey catches up with two term Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Tim Echols, for a very timely discussion. Echols breaks down the important role played by the public service commission. He shares his part in promoting net metering in Georgia, and the valuable lessons learned from other states wrestling with this important…
 
When Colorado Public Radio reporter Vic Vela found out he was HIV+ in the 1990s, he found comfort in an episode of "The Golden Girls" that helped him deal with his diagnosis. And, we revisit our conversation with Anna Malaika Tubbs about her book "The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation…
 
Neuroscientist David J. Linden recently received a terminal cancer diagnosis and was told he had between six and 18 months left to live. He tells us what he's learned about how the human mind works in the face of impending death. And, investigators are calling Saturday's hostage-taking crisis at a Colleyville, Texas, synagogue a "terrorism-related"…
 
New data measuring COVID-19 levels in Boston's wastewater show a sharp decline. WBUR's Gabrielle Emanuel brings us up to speed. And, Netflix's "Squid Game" has made history for scoring awards and nominations that previously only went to English language shows. We discuss with NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans.…
 
In a The New York Times op-ed, psychologist Adam Grant puts a name to that feeling borne out of the pandemic — showing up for life, but living without purpose and aim. Emory University sociologist Corey Keyes coined that feeling "languishing." We discuss. And, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Elvis Costello talks about his new album "The Boy Named…
 
Researchers report an estimated 200,000 American children were orphaned by COVID-19 — each number representing a child who has parents or primary caregivers to the pandemic. Dr. Charles Nelson, who co-authored the report, and a Georgia couple who is adopting their two cousins after their parents died of COVID-19, join us. And, NPR's Scott Horsley e…
 
Last July, Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project began organizing vaccine clinics in strip clubs and other locations around the city. They've helped vaccinate more than 3,000 people to date. A clinic organizer joins us. And, actor and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson discusses the legacy of the trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier, who died last w…
 
Timestamps from the show are below, with a full description beyond it. 1:55 GE Blade Breakage 9:35 Offshore VAWTs 19:03 Ocean Floor Battery? 24:49 Microplastics from Wind Turbines? 31:41 Blades Made into Outdoor Seating 36:25 Dismantling Wind Farms 46:02 New Vineyard Wind Lawsuit The US Department of Energy funded the University of Texas at Dallas …
 
The new young adult novel "The Chosen One" centers around a Black woman who becomes the first in her family to attend college. Author Echo Brown drew much of the story from her own life. And, as the pandemic goes into its third year, experts say it's time to work toward a new normal. Immunologist Rick Bright shares his strategies for creating a new…
 
Expecting mothers have far bigger problems than tight clothes and morning sickness. Dr. Linda Eckert answers questions from pregnant listeners about staying safe as COVID-19 cases spike. And, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona explains why he and the Biden administration believe schools should stay open amid the omicron surge.…
 
We don't spend a lot of time talking about thermal energy on the Clean Power Hour, but it’s a thing! And a lot of industrial and institutional processes require high-grade thermal power. We need it to heat hospitals and university campuses, for example, or to power food and beverage manufacturing plants. So, what can we do to accelerate the decarbo…
 
"Slow Burn" host Joel Anderson talks about the latest season of the podcast, which looks at the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. And, on this day 20 years ago, the first detainees were brought from Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay. New York Times Carol Rosenberg, who has covered Guantanamo Bay since its begining, talks about the state of the naval base toda…
 
American Ballet Theatre star Misty Copeland published the nonfiction kids book "Black Ballerinas" in November. We present an excerpt of a December event centered around the book. And, Washington Post reporter Jada Yuan reflects on the public and private life of her grandmother Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, a trailblazing nuclear physicist who many say shoul…
 
President Biden is set to make a speech about voting rights in Atlanta Tuesday. James Woodall, former president of the NAACP in Georgia, explains why he signed a letter urging more action from the White House on voting rights. And, CORBEVAX is a low-cost, patent-free vaccine was developed by Dr. Peter Hotez and his colleague Maria Elena Bottazzi. H…
 
A new piece in The Atlantic suggests that wealthier Americans should stop "wasting" COVID-19 tests on social engagements and that instead, tests should be reserved for people who need them most. The author of the article, Dr. Benjamin Mazer, joins us. And, as part of a response to a tornado that killed more than 160 people, Joplin, Missouri, develo…
 
The film "Day of Rage" culls thousands of hours of videos and audio from protestors and police body cams to tell the story of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. We speak with Malachy Browne, senior producer of the New York Times Visual Investigations team who produced and co-directed the film. And, a former senior policy adviser for the OSHA, Deborah…
 
A shortage of housing in some parts of the U.S. has led to a rental squeeze. Prospective renters are finding themselves having to offer more than the listing price. KUT's Audrey McGlinchy reports. And, beginning this week, Californians will have to deal with mandatory water restrictions. The director of research, planning and performance for the Ca…
 
Members of Congress mark one year since the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol with a ceremony and moment of silence on the floor of the House of Representatives. We have the latest. And, Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley joins us to reflect on Jan. 6 and how history will view that day.…
 
Greenboats founder and CEO Friedrich Deimann and Co-managing Director Jan Paul Schirmer joined us to talk about their natural fiber composites and how they have been used in the wind industry to increase sustainability and recyclability, while reducing CO2 emissions. We also discuss news about Dogger Bank wind farm, Ming Yang’s plans for a UK facto…
 
An investigation continues into the most destructive wildfire in Colorado's history. The Marshall Fire burned nearly a thousand homes in Boulder County. We check in on the recovery effort with Clint Folsom, mayor of Superior, CO. And, within days of Jan. 6, Fox News hosts started to diminish the significance of what happened at the Capitol. NPR's D…
 
Ahead of the first anniversary of the deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, Eddie Glaude of Princeton University weighs in on the state of our democracy. And, Russian President Vladimir Putin maintains his threat to take more Ukrainian territory. We look at diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis with NPR's Charles Maynes in Moscow.…
 
Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer was one of the only Republicans to vote for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump after Jan. 6. Today, he says the party has no choice but to back Trump in 2024. He joins us to discuss what it means to be a Republican in 2022. And, Jennifer Jenkins, director of Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain, …
 
Malcolm Nance, author and former military intelligence analyst, argues that those who believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen are planning for war. He joins us to talk about Jan. 6. And, prairie dogs are sometimes a nuisance for developers and farmers. There's a program that relocates the prairie dogs rather than kill them. But they don't…
 
Listen in as renowned clean tech leader and host of the top clean energy podcast SunCast, Nico Johnson, shares outtakes from two days of in-depth discussions with Freeing Energy author Bill Nussey. Johnson teases out major themes and insights from Nussey in this wide ranging discussion, distilled down into one fascinating interview for Freeing Ener…
 
#67 Successful vegetation restoration and natural landscaping of solar farms is a vital part of the solar industry. Solar farms mean changes in the land and those changes can be good from an ecological perspective - but this requires expert planning, engineering and execution of soil preparation and conservation and proper seed lists and vegetation…
 
China has ambitious plans to compete in every winter sport and also to seed a new industry of recreational skiing and skating. The New Yorker's Peter Hessler was there in China to see it — and ski it. And, University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape has pored over court documents over the past year to learn more about the Jan. 6 rioters. …
 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor Jonathan Taylor Rush discusses his top classical moments of the year, including the aria "Men Don't Break" from Terence Blanchard's opera "Fire Shut Up in My Bones. And, during their service, Avalisa Ellicott and Paula M. Neira both feared getting kicked out of the military for being transgender. The…
 
A Winter Olympics like no other is coming in February. And a few new sports will debut, including something called the monobob. Cynthia Appiah, a member of the Canadian bobsled team, explains. And, as the year draws to a close, Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh looks back at some of the most significant foreign policy developments in 2021.…
 
In this excerpt of an "Endless Thread" podcast, hosts Amory Sivertson and Ben Brock Johnson talk with singer Rick Astley, whose video for the song "Never Gonna Give You Up" has become the internet meme we call "Rick-Rolling." And, U.S. labor movements captivated headlines this year. Harley Shaiken, professor and labor economist at the University of…
 
In the final episode of 2021, in which we saw huge growth in offshore wind, Allen and Rosemary give their big takeaways from the year along with predictions for what’s to come in 2022. Will we see 20MW wind turbines? A development slowdown due to inflation? Regulatory hurdles? Go here for the video about McDonald’s ice cream machines mentioned on t…
 
For many of us, 2021 was hard — but we wanted to know about glimmers of happiness. We heard from listeners about what challenges they faced and what moments of joy from 2021 they'll hold onto heading into 2022. And, Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University's School of Public Health, reflects on COVID-19 in 2021.…
 
This year, scientists learned more about COVID-19 as the virus continued to circulate and mutate. The cicadas emerged from underground, and Perseverance landed on Mars. Laura Helmuth, editor in chief of Scientific American, talks about the year in science. And, climate change is forcing the insurance industry to adapt and come up with new products.…
 
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