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Biden Turns to Colorado to Pitch Investments in Clean Energy
"President Biden is highlighting domestic investment climate change he continues a trip out west Biden is headed to Colorado part of a two day swing through western states Biden is pitching his massive domestic spending package you'll be visiting the national renewable energy laboratory in golden Colorado he's expected to highlight how investments in clean energy will help combat climate change we have to think big thank you small is a prescription for disaster after wildfire briefings in Idaho and a tour of the massive counter fire threatening Lake Tahoe in California the president spoke at a campaign rally for California governor Gavin Newsom who's facing a recall and presentations leadership on responding to climate change the president says spending on resilience now could save on future costs calling your round buyers another extreme weather events a reality the nation can no longer ignore scientists have been warning us for years that extreme weather is going to get more extreme we're living it in real time now Jennifer king Washington
Infrastructure, Jobs and Climate Change
"So i wanna start with your giving us an overview of the infrastructure. Plan as you understand it you know what do you what do you see is specifically in it. And what do you think the priorities are. Well thanks so much john. And it's a pretty comprehensive plan. And i think the general theme to keep in mind for your viewers is. This is very much a jobs plan. But there's no question in the minds of anyone who's read or in the administration that the belief behind the plan is that it at the same it deals with really four interwoven challenges that the administration is facing and of course the first is the post pandemic reality. The second is the economic downturn. The third is the climate crisis and the fourth is inequality and racial equity and the disproportionate environmental harm and other harms had replaced on low income communities and communities of color. No not putting those in any kind of priority. They're all of the utmost important but the general theme is that the road to economic recovery is through climate action and so it isn't infrastructure. A jobs plan. But there's no question that it very very intentionally addresses the climate crisis in a number of ways and know that the bite administration signaled his plans. He's been remarkably consistent with messages of last summer. If you saw the the biden clean energy biden plan he had a whole blueprint around clean energy and environmental justice and he has come through with flying colors in this plan. You know first and foremost it really is a building up of the clean energy sector the job-generating clean energy sector and the lesson from two thousand nine. As you all know now from the stimulus that then vice president biden worked on it. It just was simply not enough. Finding it wasn't enough finding it wasn't enough where the energy sector so this is gonna largely come through in the form of an array of renewable energy tax credits various forms and which are wildly popular and successful Those are really important. We'll certainly get the support of the business and there's something called a direct pay provisions that is important to renewable energy developers for those who may not have the adequate tax equity to benefit from a tax incentive. That's built into the into the whole thing at this point. I want to say that. There's something called justice. Forty which is outlined from the very beginning. President biden made it clear that forty percent of the benefits of his investments would go to underserved frontline disadvantaged communities
Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
"Has just approved a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan. The vote Was 69 to 30. Democratic Senator Tom Carper of Delaware says it's the largest long term investment in the nation's infrastructure and almost a century in the largest federal investment in history when it comes to public transit. Clean energy transmission. Climate resiliency, clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure bill now moves to the house.
What the Infrastructure Deal Means for Energy
"I'm David Brancaccio. Good morning to you. There is now a bill crafted to spend nearly a trillion dollars on infrastructure in America. And while it could pass into law that is not a foregone conclusion. The bill, drafted by a bipartisan team working over the weekend was unveiled last night. It isn't quite 3000 pages long and amendments are expected. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer expects a vote within quote a matter of days. Beyond the roads and bridges. Let's look at cleaner energy products there in buses. Hydrogen power charging stations for electric cars. Marketplaces Amanda FEATURE has more on that. Before installing a new electric car charging station. Jonathan Levy says his company Vico needs to know there's plenty of demand. We don't want to overbuild the charging infrastructure and not have the vehicles to be using it. That's where those federal dollars would come in to pay for new charging stations in, say, rural communities. Paul Bledsoe with the Progressive Policy Institute says that new infrastructure would also get more EVs on the road. That's really the only thing holding back people from buying electric vehicles now is concerns over charging the bill. Also funds pilot projects like carbon capture, but it doesn't do as much for more mature, clean energy technology. Abigail Ross Hopper is with the Solar Energy Industries Association. We had our time in the sun as a niche kind of science experiment, but that's over and what Ross Hopper says the solar industry needs to do now is deploy. Deploy, deploy. What would help get more solar panels out there, she says, are permanent tax
$7.5 Billion Bill to Develop Electric Vehicles Won't Help ND's Oil Industry
"For electric car vehicles. Something's wrong with that equation. This is what they voted for and this is not even a legislative texts kind of just a suggestion list. It literally doesn't exist seventy three billion dollars for clean energy transmission. Oh this is why nancy. Pelosi bought tesla stock. This is why nancy pelosi husband went all in on green energy stocks. You see someone asks me said charlie. Where should i invest my money. I said it's very simple. Go look at nancy. Pelosi's insider trading disclosures and just buy the same stock. She buys she will make sure that public policy makes herself richer if she dumped stock. You dump stock if she buy stock you buy stock. She knows exactly where this is going. Twenty one billion dollars. This is unbelievable. This is what we're senate. Republicans voted for twenty one billion dollars in environmental remediation to address racial disparities in environmental pollution. So if you're a white person in west. Virginia that
Manchin on the Infrastructure Bill
"President biden has no immediate plans to travel to florida on friday. He approved an emergency declaration and offered up federal aid to assist in the response efforts. It all comes as administration and a bipartisan group of senators announced long-sought infrastructure deal totaling over one trillion dollars. The president said the deal reminded him of his days in the senate. That's your direct question. We have a deal. I clearly didn't all. I want it. They gave more than i think. Maybe there were given the first base but this reminds me of the days. We used to get an awful lot done up in the united states congress. Let's bring in the man in the middle of it all west. Virginia democrat. Senator joe manchin senator manchin. Thank you very much for joining us. So we saw that moment a rare on the kind of thing we hadn't seen for a long time at the white house. Democrats and republicans talking about a deal. But obviously there's been a lot of back and forth since then. So gimme the bottom line. Is there a deal. Here that can get sixty votes in the senate and the joe biden will sign. I sure believe there is john. But before i say anything about that i wanna say from all of us in west virginia. Our hearts go out to all of the all of the families in surf. Side florida for this horrendous horrendous tragedy i want them does our prayers are with them with thinking about each and every one of them so god bless and let me just say this on the deal absolutely. It's john. This is the largest infrastructure package in the history of the united states of america and president binders. No doubt in my mind never has been a doubt in my mind that he is anxious for this bill to pass for him to sign it. And i look forward to being there when he does. I can tell you. There's so much good being done. And i would hope that all of my colleagues a look at it and the most positive light they have a chance to review it. It's got more in there for clean infrastructure. Clean technology clean energy technology than ever before more money for bridges and roads since the interstate system was built Water getting rid of our lead pipes It's connecting in broadband
GE and Safran Are Developing Cleaner Energy Aircraft Engines
"And Safran working on a clean energy aircraft engine, and they feel like they can get those tests started in a few years using hybrid hydrogen technology, and G says they can cut emissions. About 20% off of today's use, Novak says they have
How Swiss Utilities Got Their Customers to Buy Renewable Energy
"Customers in switzerland have been helping the climate by doing nothing at all over the past decade. Many swiss utilities have started automatically providing customers with renewable electricity so clean energy is now the default source and consumers have to opt out if they don't want it. A recent study shows that this which greatly increases participation in clean energy programs muss effect. That's hopefully by a researcher at the university of warwick in the uk. His team studied over two hundred thousand swiss households and businesses. He says before their utility made the switch less than three percent of customers opted in to use renewable electricity shortly afterwards however that number skyrocketed to over eighty percent even though renewable energy was more expensive and four years after the switch. Most of the customers were still going. Green leaves says this is not surprising. Given human nature have the tendency to stick to the state of school if someone is defining something as standard then we are quite willing to accept that liba says utilities and other countries could also switched the default energy customers receive to help speed the transition to clean
Solar Panels Over California's Canals Could Save Gallons of Water
"Demand for solar power is growing and recent research suggests that people should consider installing solar panels. Not only on field and rooftops but above waterways as well brandon mcewen of the university of california. Santa cruz says canopies of solar panels can be installed over canals. The approach would generate clean energy and shading the water reduce. Evaporation her research estimates that covering california's four thousand miles of open canals with solar panels could save about sixty five billion gallons of water a year. This would be enough to irrigate fifty acres of farmland or meet the residential water knees over two million people. Conserving water is especially important. In california water scarcity is a big concern for our state especially when we have frequent droughts and climate change will only exacerbate drugs so any water savings is really critical. Solar covered canals are already in use in india. Mcewan says more research is required to assess the feasibility of the approach in california. But she says it could be a promising way to generate renewable energy while helping conserve water in a warmer
Denmark Plans Massive Wind-Energy Hub on an Artificial Island
"The country of denmark has long produced oil and gas in the sea but denmark has to phase that out by twenty fifty instead. We racing ambitions when it comes to offshore wind. Dan jurgens in his denmark's minister of climate energy and utilities. He says that over the next decade his country plans to build a massive wind energy hub on an artificial island in the north sea it will collect energy from hundreds of offshore wind turbines and deliver it to european customers in. Its first phase. The hub is expected to produce enough electricity to power three million households and ultimately enough for ten million. So it's a huge project. It's probably the biggest infrastructure project in the history of my country. Jorgensen says abundant clean energy can help advance other green technologies. Denmark's long-term goal is to use wind power to create liquid fuel for use planes and ships. That technology exists today. But it's very expensive and it's not possible to do it into scale would be necessary so that's one of the reasons why we're doing is so long term. The project could create winds of change for green transportation to
Dominican Catholic Sisters Help Create Climate-Friendly Investment Funds
"Catholic sisters and nuns live quiet lives of prayer but some are wielding influence on wall street. Pat daly is part of a group of dominican catholic sisters who set out to make sure their congregations investment funds reflect their catholic values they to find a fund that supports climate-friendly projects that also help vulnerable communities. We wanted to make sure that we weren't just investing. Let's say a tesla bond but that the investments were really focused on getting green energy into villages and areas on the planet. They didn't even have energy. But the sisters could not find an investment fund that took this kind of holistic approach. So they teamed up with morgan stanley to create two new funds one public and one private that invest in solutions such as clean energy for sub saharan africa and small businesses in india. Sixteen congregations seated the funds with more than forty six million dollars which then attracted tens of millions more from other groups daily says the public fund has shown strong returns outperforming the market so the investments are doing well while also doing
Behind Louisiana's Climate Plan To Become Carbon Neutral
"The state setting aggressive climate goals perhaps the most surprising is louisiana. The longtime oil and gas state is now trying to figure out how to become carbon neutral by twenty fifty teagan wetland of member station w. w. n. o. reports like so many in louisiana. Daniel autan knew exactly where to find a solid career oil and gas hard work but it paid for his family's modest home on the edge of the woods outside homa thought it had a job for the rest of my life but five years ago the notoriously boom and bust industry came for him. He's in a completely different field now. Construction sometimes he wonders if he should have done something differently to stay with oil and gas in. You look at things from from the big picture and you realize you know you were probably lucky to have your job as long as you did. Democratic governor john bel edwards seems to have come to the same conclusion about the state's reliance on the oil and gas industry in a major shift. He says the state must find ways to address the cause of the climate change. That's behind increasingly powerful hurricanes floods and rising seas so last fall he launched a climate pask forced to come up with a roadmap to zero out emissions. If anyone can identify innovative and sustainable solutions for future it is louisiana and our kids are counting on us. Louisiana is the fifth largest carbon producing state and petro chemical and oil and gas producer for decades. It is subsidize the industry with tax breaks and incentives but made it hard for wind and solar companies to operate or develop now the climate commission will explore the potential for electric cars mass transit more solar even offshore wind turbines in the gulf of mexico. Just put it this way. It's the first time. Any louisiana governor has put the words climate initiative in taskforce together in one sentence. Nonni carton is a policy expert with the deep south center for environmental justice. So that is a major historic step forward. She hopes that investing in clean energy creates more jobs especially in communities of color and reduces pollution in low income areas. We can actually generate energy ourselves in a way that doesn't have these toxic side effects on these harmful environmental climate
Environmental Concerns Arise Over Energy Needed To Mine Bitcoin
"Making or mining. Bitcoin requires a lot of energy which can mean burning more fossil fuels now at the same time states are making a push for clean energy. So does something here have to give. Here's von golden from member station w. skg in new york's finger lakes about one hundred. People are walking down the shoulder of a highway overlooking seneca lake. They're heading down to the greenwich generation. Power plant the natural gas-fired facility generates some electricity. Oh what's gotten. The attention of. The activists is their generation of bitcoin. They're protesting today. Because greenwich is looking to expand. Its bitcoin mining. That would probably mean burning. More natural gas emitting more greenhouse gases. Yvonne taylor is vice. President of seneca lake guardian and is leading the opposition to greenwich. We simply cannot allow this ludicrous scheme of burning fossil fuels to make fake money in the midst of climate generating or mining. Cryptocurrency is complicated. there's no actual mining the gist. Is that a whole lot of computers. Do a whole lot of calculations to create digital currency that requires a ton of energy which can mean burning more fossil fuels. And that's the case with greenwich. The plant isn't always producing electricity for the grid so a few years ago. They figured out they could make a profit by using excess power to mind bitcoin. Dale irwin manages. The plant came up to that. It was a very good business solution for irwin. Won't say exactly how much more the plant will emit with its expansion. Only that it'll be in compliance with its
Empire State Building Owner to Buy 300 Million Kilowatt Hours of Wind Energy
"For almost a century. The tall spire of the empire state building has lit up the new york city skyline at night in recent years those lights have been powered by renewables. Since two thousand eleven the skyscraper has been buying wind energy to offset one hundred percent of its electricity. Use now empire state realty trust which owns the building is doing the same for all of its properties which total more than ten million square feet of commercial real estate to meet that goal. The trust agreed to buy more than three hundred million kilowatt hours of wind power over three years. That's enough energy to light every house in new york state for a whole month. And so we're really proud of the commitment that we've made dana. Robin schneider is the trust director of energy and sustainability. She says that by committing renewables large property owners can make significant cuts in carbon pollution. And they can help accelerate the broader transition to a clean energy economy as the investments growing continue in renewable energy. That's always a good thing. It's a critical way to encourage the development of renewable power
A 'Moment of Peril,' Biden Opens Global Summit on Climate
"President Biden has opened a global climate summit by warning fellow world leaders they must act immediately to address climate change the president says the time has finally come moonroof curl but also moment of extraordinary possibilities addressing a virtual summit of forty world leaders from a TV style set built in the White House he pledged to cut American fossil fuel emissions in half by twenty thirty that would require the nation's most ambitious climate effort to date as the U. S. returns to global climate efforts after trump administration pull backs the president's pushing other leaders to also move toward clean energy China says it's ready to work with America on emissions cuts Sager mag ani Washington
Japan Raises Emissions Cut Target to 46% by 2030
"Japan says it will raise its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to forty six percent one twenty thirteen levels that's from the current twenty six percent according to Japan's NHK television prime minister your holiday suka who set a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by twenty fifty also known as the more ambitious target the forty six percent emission cuts by twenty thirty the decision comes as a virtual climate summit hosted by president Joe Biden gets on the way Japan has been under pressure from European countries to do more than its earlier talking to twenty six percent thank god during his visit to Washington last week agreed to cooperate in leading global efforts to decarbonise by promoting clean energy technologies and implementing the twenty fifteen power cycled I'm Charles but that's not
Coal Miners Union Backs Clean Energy Push
"President biden's infrastructure proposal would invest in renewable energy. Now the head of the united mine workers of america is backing the idea. If there are jobs made available for coal miners who are out of work in a new proposal. Union also wants among other things financial incentives to develop carbon capture technology.
Interior Head Haaland Revokes Trump-Era Orders on Energy
"The new secretary of the interior has revoked a series of trump administration orders that promoted fossil fuel development on public lands and waters the directives boosted coal oil and gas leasing on federal lands to promote what trump called energy dominance in the United States interior secretary deb Haaland also rescinded a trump administration order intended to increase oil drilling in Alaska's national petroleum reserve a new directive prioritizes climate change an interior department decisions part of a government wide effort ahead of a virtual climate summit president Biden is hosting next week in a statement Holland says the orders will make communities more resilient to climate change and help lead the transition to a clean energy economy Ben Thomas Washington
"clean energy" Discussed on The Energy Gang
"We were really excited about our installation basic training. It was already being offered in a few of our regions. But you're really hoping to ramp that up It's a two hundred hour program intended to get trainees production level ready and two hundred hours and so it offered Osha. Cpr certification a combination of classroom and lab instruction as well as live installations and then a skills. Performance US And we also provided employment readiness around teamwork communication interview practice. And so we're really excited to offer that and we really hope that by Q. Three we can bring that back so the question is will they get that back? When will it come back? And what does that do to the pipeline of folks because all across the Industry? You're seeing Training programs getting a delayed or canceled so similar to our conversations. About Sourcing. Business Deals at the top of the funnel If you can't go to conferences if you can't go in network then your starts to close up and the medium-term impacts become more acute. So what happens to the workforce if this funnel in the training pipeline closes up a jigger thoughts on this? Why don't think were any sort of emergency situation now? Remember we've trained hundreds of thousands of people over the years. Some of whom have left. The solar industry went back into home construction or other services and you know can can be brought back into our industry if where where the jobs are the other thing is the volume of installs that we're doing. This year is probably going to be. You know somewhere in the half range of what we did last year because just of covert delays right. So you can't lose three or four months of construction during the height of the season and expect to make that back through over time And so my sense is that were okay for now and that we will ramp up these programs and I think we'll be okay in twenty twenty one. I mean our biggest problem going into the Cova crisis was severe job. Shortages You know worker shortages because it was just so hard to retain people at three and a half percent unemployment rates. I mean just getting people to stick around more than ten weeks before they got a better job offer to go somewhere else was really tough. And so you had a lot of turnover and you had a lot of Skills issues. I think you know my sense is that there'll be a there'll be a a better sort of workforce coming out of The covert crisis Catherine thoughts yet and interestingly grid alternatives does train lots of folks in the solar workforce and they never have trouble finding jobs because of course construction jobs really do need very specific training and if we can ramp up programs like that that will beat everybody's benefit these job. Losses are so high. Let's talk about getting some of these people who are working out in the field back to work and what makes sense. Ingrid spoke with Bob. Kief the executive director of e to the organization that put out this report and he pointed out One group of clean energy workers who may be could go back to work pretty soon right now. We have ninety eight hundred schools across America. That are closed. Those schools are GONNA BE CLOSED. Probably until the fall a lot of states or most. It's why can't we have a national program or even state programmes to get these schools that are prepared in terms of energy efficiency and make them more energy efficient and get some of those energy efficiency site workers off the sidelines and back on the job. Right now save money. For these school districts and states that will make our schools healthier and better for the kids when they finally get in there and we could put thousands and thousands of energy efficiency. People back to work right now so this seems like a pretty important opportunity if all these buildings are closed down for months who knows how many months you can get folks into these buildings in a safe way and perform audits retrofits tuneup equipment. Really important energy efficiency opportunity and wonders why. We're really not thinking about that. In a comprehensive way catherine thoughts on the opportunity here or similar opportunities in clean energy to take advantage of the fact that out in the field. There's not much happening. Yeah I think that is a huge opportunity and I think what everybody's been trying to grapple with one is making sure that they follow the CDC guidelines on safe practices so making sure. Everybody has masks and protective gear and does social distancing. They're able to do that in those jobs. But the other thing is making sure that they're tested and you know that there's contact tracing and everything that we have to do with Cova. Did Applies in this industry and I think once we get a handle on that and I think that's just been a bit of a moving target then it will be easier to get these expect to work and I think they are some of the first that can get back in and it's a great idea to get people into buildings that are not open right now jigger. Should we be putting people back into these buildings to upgrade them while we have the opportunity or are there other similar kinds of work that we can? We can Pursue while the economy is halfway shutdown. Look I think when you think about restarting the economy. Which is what I think you know. This is a part of Restarting the lunch counter. That's across the street from the office building that you're no longer going to is probably not the highest priority right and figuring out how to get you know the coffee shop and all these other places going while most people are still sheltering in place or not that is not the highest priority. It's you know infrastructure where you actually have a very direct correlation between this home needs to be weather is under this building can be made more energy-efficient or these lights can be replaced and this person's trained and we know how to get. This is the right answer but honestly I'd have to say that the whole process is super frustrating for me. I mean someone who talks a lot with governors and mayors as well as like you know I think we're all in a call with Nancy Pelosi this week She was very clear that that none of our stuff is being prioritized in this current building. She put out yesterday. And I think it's super frustrating because while these buildings are empty all summer and all of this opportunity is when we should be doing things. It doesn't sound me like she's going to allocate any money for any of this until the fall. Well we have one person who is the face of the clean energy industry and Elon. Musk who is at war with California officials. Right now He wants to open up his factory or in fact he did open up His Fremont Factory. He is on the line with workers and he dared. California officials to come and him. They said No. They weren't going to arrest him but you long. Musk has become the face of the put. Us Back to work movement What is your stance on his behavior? And whether he'll force the conversation on this well I'm not I'm certainly not defending. All of his anti Ovid tweets over the last two months. And so I don't know that Ilan's model citizen the last two months but I I do think that when the governor of California says that manufacturing is now available to be open and you have a company that has a long waiting list of people who want to put in who want to buy electric cars and help clean up the air quality in the areas that they live in. And you've got a county who basically says well we basically just don't feel comfortable because we're in lockstep with five other counties in this region and we're all basically waiting for another couple of weeks. I think it is kind of ludicrous. And my sense is that he made it pretty simple request to say we're ready to get back to work. I think we actually know how to get back to work our factory and China's already back to work and we've actually had all these social distancing policies there that it makes sense for them to do that separately. I think Eli knows that. The county officials in Alameda have no jurisdiction or power. All they are is basically like a public service requests which is great and so they're trying to educate people but they don't have the power to tell the sheriff to go arrest. Elon mosque or the power to shut down a facility. There's no legal basis for their control is just a bunch of people that are looking for leadership and are listening to them so I I think that this is to keep happening over and over again across the country. As individual people have businesses that continue to have consumers who want to buy their product and we should be encouraging those businesses to stay open because the other thirty percent of businesses in the country have no consumers and even if they opened up no one would show up to buy anything. Yeah it makes a lot more sense to open a facility where you can put protective gear on and in fact is preferred to have protective gear on and maintain safe social distance rather than opening. Tattoo Parlors. Catherine. A significant number of folks who? Listen to this podcast job seekers or people who are just starting out looking at opportunities in the clean energy industry is it still worth their investment in time talent to get into this industry given the decimation that we've seen in the last couple of months. Oh absolutely in fact. This is a really good time to get more education. So you know get on those online courses to to learn more about it so definitely. Don't be dissuaded by these numbers or by Michael Moore's movie jigger thoughts on this should people be investing their time and talent. This industry given given the problems that we're seeing short term. I think it's important to note that. None of our institutional investor partners have lost money From Covet none of the folks who own huge you know wind farms and solar farms and others have shown you know large losses. There hasn't been decimation to use your word. I mean what we've done is followed the public health orders. We have furloughed. Employees at that are counted as unemployed as we were asked to do by the federal government and those people are getting unemployment and as soon as the country is back open for business. All those people are going to get rehired because Lord knows we spend a lot of money training them and we want them back in our industry so I don't think our industry has been decimated and I think you'll find. Our industry is a model industry. That's GONNA come back roaring once the government says it's you know the country's open for business we're GONNA take a quick pause here to talk about our supporter son. Grow Son Grow has been taking this crisis very seriously.
"clean energy" Discussed on The Energy Gang
"Let's let's think of something that's really an inspiring goal and the enviros all kind of looked at each other and said, okay, that sounds good. So they set this big goal, but the way that they've structured the Bill is that yes, it's sixty percent of an Arp ES by twenty thirty, but the RPM in California does not include hydro. So what they did was they put flexibility in the second part of the Bill. So from twenty thirty to twenty forty five, the state can set goals of one hundred percent clean energy, but that can include Hijo. It can include nuclear. It can include things that we don't even. Oh, exist in. It can also include a lot of integration technologies. So that's the key is that yes, renewables are certainly on target to continue to grow significantly. But then there's also this great flexibility to be able to allow a lot of other new and existing clean energy technologies to participate things. We don't know exist. Does that include Ilan Musk's unicorn farts by twenty forty five and long term storage seasonal. You know, all my favorite all that stuff. Yeah, exactly. Okay. So jigger one hundred percent, renewable energy versus one hundred percent clean energy. What's the difference will have a material impact as we get into the late twenty thirties, twenty forties. Well, I certainly think that for those of us who have studied this for a long time, hundred percent renewables doesn't really make a whole lot of sense. I think the one hundred percent clean energy is the right way to do it because I do think that at some point there will be some merit to CCS or you know, carbon capture and. Storage or nuclear, or other types of technologies that may or may not be classified today's renewables. And so I think it's important for it to be zero carbon standard. But I do think it's important to note as we did on the podcast. You know, many moons ago that one hundred percent renewables pieces, what captured the imagination of the voters, right? This Bill was not really going anywhere two years ago. I just think that there's this, this sort of, you know, fill in the blank. You know, nostalgia around, oh, California's been really like driving towards this. This was an inevitability, but it really wasn't. I I don't think that one hundred percent standard was really in the offing until you know the presidential campaign of two thousand sixteen when I think you know, like Hillary begrudgingly said, okay, I'll side of kind of go this way. Martin O'Malley said, one hundred percent fossil fuel free. Bernie Sanders has been pushing it the entire time. You're getting a lot of polit- political salience out of the argument now, which is why I think a couple of Democrats at the end there changed their vote and inside to help pass this Bill. Yeah. So actually on that point, the folks at political climate this morning, released a podcast, but they talked about the history of one hundred percent, renewable energy movement and how a lot of people laughed those folks out of the room for many years. And now five years later, as that movement has matured, you have major democratic candidates embracing it, and you actually see legislative move. Moment. So very interesting to see how that's transformed outside of the reality of the target. It's has truly set in motion a political change. Yeah. And the polling in California showed that this hundred percent clean energy had seventy two percent support. It's hard to get seventy two percent support for almost anything anymore. And almost half of g people who aligned with the GOP said that they supported this. I think they're one of the key issues also is that even the folks who oppose the Bill did not oppose climate change as a concept and as something that they needed to address and I gotta tell you the wildfires had an impact out there. So a lot of people started their statements, either an opposition or support for this Bill talking about wildfires and how this is something we really need to deal with..
"clean energy" Discussed on Green Connections Radio - Insights on Innovation, Sustainability, Clean Energy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Careers w Top Leaders, Women
"We're in the energy sustainability space obviously an ecofriendly companies and social entrepreneurship s are inherently filled with purpose right so you mentioned seventh generation and other you know whether you're a clean energy company a solar panel come manufacturer what have you or solar city or something like that your it you inherently have your brand purpose but what do what what would you suggest to an ecofriendly company that already has um this kind of purpose at its sole at its core how would you suggest to them that they go about pulling that out to tell their story in a more effective way so that it doesn't just become oh yeah okay fine and other cause marketing kind of thing well i think that you need to start with a few key component unwanted authenticity obvioucly and the other idea of emotional resident appointing a way to connect hoped motion throughout the entire journey in a way that really lead you to improved our and you know a lot of people have been you know over the last couple of years looking at a a buzz word that unfortunately in my opinion has been thrown around so much has become so ubiquitous unfortunately it it doesn't really mean that much to people anymore and that's unfortunate because cognitive technology should not only be use on the science side of marketing it should be used on the creative side of marketing to figure out how to identify the right narrative orix that are going to be um true to your brands dna as well as uh resonate best with the people that you're trying to reach so i would say that you know storytelling has always been a port of brands a communication but now marketing is much more holistic and needs to be about brand revenue and performance so there needs to be an art and science approach uh the drives this whole process because you know everything has changed on particularly in the air.
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"What from the reconnections radio where we hope you live green work green and earned green i'm john life we are talking in innovation with top leaders in thinkers in energy and sustainability and those'll are transforming our world you've benefit from my extensive network of sea level executives entrepreneurs artists often government leaders and journalists and my many years in the media and fortune 500 companies find us online on green connections radiocom i tunes iheart radio where we're coming to you live from today tune in stitcher and wherever you like to listen to your favorite podcasts i find it on different places almost every day this new year is bringing a potentially transformative shift in the energy sustainability space and we wanna talk about the impact on your career we have the convergence of the hottest year on record i think it's may be the fourth or fifth in a row with the massive growth of the clean energy sector and extremely rapid innovations and technology and at the same time we have a massive retirement of the baby boomer generation a coming upon us all coinciding with an incoming us administration that campaigned against climate change nominated a host of climate change deniers and fossil fuel supporters and promises to gut clean energy and environmental regulations and funding so where does that leave your career in the energy and sustainability space when we're facing these massive shifts at once we it green connections light people who make us think differently about things so we are delighted to have read a tray hand with us today rita is an innovative human resources leader who spent many years building an innovating the hr function at one of the largest electric generation and distribution companies in the world eight yes rita spent eight years at eight yes and progressive hr positions.
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"Your audience um and how you need to engage or stakeholders and then it's developing the appropriate multichannel um strategies for your messaging platform so for some companies that's driven by social media for others it's a a third party credibility traditional media relations outreach and for most it's a combination of the two um but i think the important thing here is that you know when you're looking at a content marketing strategy that you are creating a larger conversation about clean energy and sustainability you're not just promoting a product or service in the most effective communication strategies make their products and service secondary to the larger conversation um that is what engages audiences that is what engages stakeholders and particularly as you pointed out millennials are very driven by that um they see right through any kind of marketing effort that is just about promoting a brand in a product they really want to know that that the company is not just talking the talk but walking the walk her they engaging their employees through service initiatives are they really getting out in the community and doing good works um beyond just selling a hotel room or or uh some other product mm is it around brand purpose which you say or is it in specific to sustainability when you mentioned being out in the community so that kind of broadens at alba mm that's you know just people rather than people planet correct i i think that um a good sustainability effort is about action not just the corporate goals and corporate deliver bowls but how the entity is in gauging the community in the conversation or they out there doing clean water projects or or they just out there on earth day doing some community service work and and doing a social media contests are campaign um to take advantage of one day of the year and a calendar when every day really should be the earth day um when it comes to sustainability and and a business practice and corporate philosophy yes when i was uh acting head of communications for network that was a line were use was every day is earth day.
"The doing it because they see that there's a a profit center in the eko driven consumer and business fire it wouldn't be like all believe that cooperation and and even um you know ngos and and uh a nonprofit they're doing things purely for environmental benefits but yes bottom line for corporations especially there's a business imperative in conserving resources and in saving money and when you can um power your own facilities through wind or solar power like microsoft does in many instances and and many other technology companies are are looking to power their their data centres through clean and renewable energy they they are doing that not just for the environmental benefits but because it saves them money and it also helps bring that consistency um and reliability of power oh that's a good point i would it helps them recruit as well i think though especially with this millennial generation which has a whole different value said then um some other generations um th they're definitely expecting more from their employers and and clean energy and sustainability initiatives are a central part of that yeah i saw some research recently i i think it was fifty two percent of potential recruits will be more inclined to work for a company that has a overt sustainability initiative that's front and center than those that don't i thought that was pretty interesting statistic so what works to develop a communications strategy take me you you developed a brazilian different campaign so let's say you know we're developing a campaign for a new green product for a company where do you begin take we take me into the room i i believe that any communication strategy begins with an understanding.
"Mrs their their products not just for consumers that how they're going to be needing different mandates um in the countries that they do business you mean their supply chains correct so that's interesting so it's um is it more around clean energy or is it a round um does does the reporting make a difference i mean there's been the now the dow jones sustainability index the cdp carbon disclosure project and other disclosure kinds of criteria in reporting has that been a driver me it's still not entirely required correct it if not mandated and um i think you're seeing more companies taking a look at uh carbon and sustainability initiatives on a voluntary basis because they they anticipate that potential four regulation and it's much better to be a head of the government regulation curve been behind that yeah absolutely do things that they're trying to green their brand or do they do they see green branding is a value yet i do believe so accenture recently um put out a report as did unilever looking at how businesses are approaching sustainability both in the context of the un's sustainable development goals as well as in the context of what consumers are demanding and both of those studies done within the past year has found that at the consumer level about twenty five to thirty percent of consumers go about looking for a products that have the green stamp of approval or need a sustainable needs so be it dishwashing soap or organic vegetables but then also business leaders are taking into account the need for what consumers are wanting and taking the sustainability initiative more seriously and developing uh metrics them business goals that they can deliver two um they're they're stakeholders and and meet their corporate objectives so i think you know even five years ago greenwashing was a concern but more and more you know you how you have companies from from walmart two two marriott that really has made sustainability part of their corporate dna that is prevalent throughout the organization not just um what's being marketed consumers well are they doing it because they save money when they see banerjee or.
"Wasn't reconnections radio where we hope you have brainwork read in earn green i'm john michaelson we are talking in ovation or its top leaders and thinkers in energy and sustainability and those who are transforming our world you benefit from my extensive network of sea level executives entrepreneurs artists authors government leaders and journalists and my many years in the media and fortune 500 companies find us online on green connections radiocom i tunes iheart radio tune in stitcher and wherever you like to listen to your favorite podcasts so i've been finding us on spanish language networks to even so with the recent spate of hurricanes droughts floods and fires the media environment for talking about climate change clean energy and sustainability seems to have shifted climate change is being talked about more in the mainstream media but it seems to me only still in the context of natural disasters at the same time the business community however is integrating sustainable the more and more into their strategic planning and communication strategies and frankly the public seems to be more open to the topic as well though there's still a long way to go so how do we in sustainability and clean energy those of us who care about the environment and the public health issues related to it get our message out how do we expand our audiences today we have one of the best people to talk to you about it tracy sharia is the former chief of extender relations for the optical society and former head of communications for the pew clean energy program she also teaches at george washington university where she worked in the past and by the way i am a gw alum so that's very exciting for me so i'd like you to be my friend tracy sharia welcome touring connections straight ha thanks for joining us pleasure to be here and speaking with you today thanks so communicating about sustainability seems to be at a crossroads as i said in my introduction first of all do you agree with my.
"And uh talking to policy officials and investors about what kept them up at night and invariably the top answer that came up was the obsolescence of oil and fossil fuel companies have played a big role in helping to produce some of the information climate that we're dealing with there's a term in the book uh adn atallah g which is the deliberate creation of ignorance and it ties very much into the fake news that's out there of flooding people with information that's not true and making it harder for people to see accurate information the reports about clean energy creating more jobs than than legacy fuels uh stories about the dramatic drops in the cost of electricity generation from cleaner sources that could actually hit people's pocket books but i live in the midwest and more often you're likely to hear from people look you know i think this climate change stuff is a hoax because they've heard the stories that if we invest in uh in in cleaner energy in trying to reduce carbon emissions than that somehow gonna hit their pocketbook in a bad way when the truth in many cases is quite the opposite so there are so it depends on which source they're getting their information from exactly exactly and the the sources of information are so important we've seen really in the last couple of years this this increase in and really the flooding of the world with misleading information and that has accelerated so much that it's it's hard for people to find accurate information and you've even seen this this open disdain for fat which makes it that much harder to get people to make good decisions rights well let me get a little granular here because it's a part of the shorttermist attention span but it's also frankly human nature and managing life we have to choose what to focus on at any given moment.
"At the federal uh executive branch level but it hasn't changed with congress and it certainly hasn't changed with state and local policymakers and as you know in the energy sector many of the decisions are really made at the state and local level the federal government has a role to play and certainly has been very helpful in some aspects of supporting clean energy policies but really the impact in the the main drivers for deployment our state and local well that's interesting um but i know people who worked in the department of energy who can't use the words clean energy or climate much less climate change or uh sustainability i mean even know trade associations who had to take the words climate change out of their material for their conferences so that people in the government could go well i haven't heard of those things specifically i don't doubt that that you have contacts that have said that but i mean that's not the approach we've taken i mean the name of our organization is business council for sustainable energy and we haven't changed it and when we look at the companies that we work with and the broader privatesector they're not moving away from the actions that they've implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and then not moving away to being a sustainable stewards uh in the marketplace so we are not i would not recommend that people uh change uh they're orientation on things that they value when it comes to policy advocacy and education but it doesn't mean that you can't emphasize other aspects of the benefits that your uh product or service.
"A greek fiction preview where we hope he ripley working and agree i'm john michaelson we are talking in ovation with top leaders and thinkers in energy and sustainability in those who are transforming our world you benefit from my extensive network of sea level executives entrepreneurs artists authors government leaders and journalists and my many years in the media in fortune 500 companies find us online on green connections radiocom i tunes iheart radio tune in stitcher in wherever you like you listen to your favorite podcast the keep finding is on spanish as recently as we encounter more and more natural disasters in unfortunately manmade disasters as well we find ourselves needing portable electricity more than ever in addition the lynchpin in expanding renewable energy more broadly in the economy and supplanting fossil fuels eventually is energy storage gas power generators are still the norm but there are some renewable and clean energy options gaining traction that might make the common diesel generator obsolete let's cross our fingers on that one of the most creative generator technologies i have encountered is powered by hydrogen i wanted to find out more about this new technology in its potential so here i am at the electrochemical society conference in washington dc and i'd like you to meet dr kathy heirs who is with me here live today at the conference kathy is vice president of research and development at proton site a company that manufactures and distributes hydrogen generators kathy has been an energy innovation research her entire career and earned her phd in chemical engineering from caltech after earning her bashers in science to green chemistry and chemical physics from uc san diego and by the way i am a you see llamas well so as a fellow you see allow my say welcome to greek actions radio kathy and thank you for joining us thank you for having me.
"At the same time those of us who care about the environment and the planet our gallantly seeking ways to curb the impact of fuelling our economy fortunately clean energy technologies are evolving at a record pace and now becoming cost compatible with coal which has long been regarded as the cheapest fuel but these analogy is of course have an intermittent see problem the wind doesn't always blow in the sun doesn't shined and we need to solve that as well as build a truly smart grid so how do we pihb at our legacy energy system the structure for fossil fuels to one that relies mostly if not solely on renewable energy sources in a word storage we have to find a way to storm massive amounts of renewable energy and transport it to the children of the future whatever that looks like getting electrons to our homes and businesses this is innovation in energy at its most pure and it requires tapping into new mines in new ways to think differently which is my favorite topic on the planet and our topic here at greek connections radio we know tesselin samsung analyses are developing utility scale batteries and now there is a new player on the field which is just launching and we'll talk about today i'm very excited so today we have the perfect person talk to you about this venkat pal as the vice president of eighty yes energy storage which recently announced an unprecedented partnership 5050 partnership with siemens to develop battery based energy storage on a utility level scale venus spent many years in energy and power markets including previously as a consultant in the power markets group it icf international and other multinational tackle tackling these issues and i also see he's in alexandria what you've been talking about a little bit he's on the environmental policy commission and i limit alexandria so i might have to get involved in any way welcoming reconnections radio probing and thank you for joining us thank you for having me appreciate preciados he's been kind enough by the way to hostess here so we are here live at eight years energy storage offices in arlington virginia in person which is very exciting for me.
"Thank you first of all what brought you to macedonian tunisia well actually i tripoli hosts about 1800 conferences a year in pretty much every country in the world and i think i get in by the key every single one of them so in macedonia we were having a conference call the euro con where we talk about issues facing engineers and technologist all around the world followed by another conference there and macedonia that was all about new waves of educating people particularly with online capabilities such as mook step massively on line open course where then pain lisa is are we call it our students and young professional congress where all of the young engineers get together from the middle east in northern africa to talk about their challenges if they see in the future so it's just good tactic experiences for me i must say so let's talk about that for a minute so what are the challenges that they sealed their facing and what are the industries that they're focused on there are so many challenges and emerging economies and certainly in africa and emerging economies their biggest challenge they are graduating many many young people with very high unemployment rate and they also face challenges with industrialization because per isn't very much so africa in particular south africa kenya and rwanda are looking to jump forward into what they call industrial revolution four point zero which is all about ict death information and communications technologies so that's one thing but the other challenges that we're all facing are the internet of things the smart grid smart cities clean water clean energy which of course i know is near and dear to your heart.
"What have reconnections radio where we hope you have green were cleaning earned green on john michaelson we are talking in ovation with top ingram capability in those who are transforming our world you benefit from my extensive network of sea level executives entrepreneurs academics authors artists government leaders and journalists and my many years in the media and fortune 500 companies find us online on connections radiocom i tunes iheart radio tune in stitcher and wherever you like to listen to your favorite podcasts we pop up all kinds of places so the lynchpin in driving clean energy economy is undoubtedly storage in this connection between source and and end user a key piece to that of course is battery technology so we are here today at the electrochemical society conference and meeting these phenomenal people who are doing extraordinary work that frankly some of it i can't even pronounce but i've been meeting some amazing women and i want you to me a superb expert in battery technology who also happens to be in the inventors hall of fame esther takeuchi is suny distinguished professor at stony brook university in the department of chemistry material science and engineering and by the way if anybody you know has a pacemaker she made sure that the batteries in the pacemaker work properly and dealt malfunction and that is why she's in the inventors hall of fame so i think this woman deserves the nobel prize but we'll get into that later thank you for joining us today dr takeuchi and i really appreciate.
"I love this idea of the lineage model i think that's absolutely right and by the way we cover food issues here to i've interviewed people on food security from nasa and at cetera cetera obviously fits into the live green work corinne earned green model um you're absolutely right we wanted was funny 'cause i was in a restaurant last night and i asked them if they're salad was organic and they had to go check um but you know on menus we see atlantic salmon and we see organic this organic that obviously organic us a particular certification so has to meet certain standards right um but that's an interesting idea of of having the lineage of your of your energy me now we want to know how much of the energy i'm using is coming from oil and gas sources versus um clean energy sources solar so i i think that utilities are going to have to become much more transparent with uh with their consumers just you know as a kind of gave the farmtotable example people are going to want to understand much more okay what are the components of the energy that um that i've i'm you know if i'm consuming x number of uh kilowatts how what what is the composition of of that uh w how is that generated um how much of that came from carbonintensive energy sources home on how much of that came from renewable and so i think that um customers are going to demand more and more data about.
"So explain if you could how the seed funds work for in this eda i six program and maybe some examples or one or two examples of how in energy related or a sustainability related business might fit into that sure so those three that you just mentioned are all part of the regional innovation strategy i was a grand program to our application closed early november and we're in the process of evaluating them and we'll be announcing our award uh most likely uh mid february of 2015 um but the seat a capital portion of it is not intended to go to four profit companies um our money the economic development administration we invest in regional capacity and capacitybuilding and so our money would go to a nonprofit that is wants to create a seed fund wants to look into the feasibility of creating a seed fund um or um has a seed fund in wants to support marketing aunt or some of the operational technical assistance um so it is based on clusters in so ideally um energy clean energy clusters could um could have applied for for that particular grant to create a a specific fund for startups in that space so would that be like an incubator or an accelerator so for example i live in alexandria virginia and there's a new um el incubators that is being burt born as we speed um and would they be an organization that might qualify for that 'cause they're they're looking to focus on clean energy related entrepreneurs absolutely yeah that's a perfect example it could be a university could be uh an incubator an accelerator could yeah at anything like that um you know and and unfortunately this this particular challenges closed but uh we did get more money in the budget uh to run the programme again next year so uh don't know the timing of that yet but you can certainly be looking on the lookout for it yeah i will i will mention it to them also noticed though that you have um i say you meaning um oh i he and the uh easy a have a programme sore um economic environmentally sustainable entities overall but it could you talk a little bit about.
"Biomass landfill gas wind uh combined heat and power a geothermal uh the really a a very broad reaching uh credit does tell us where the clean we're the energy tax credit is today is in yeah your nays it in jeopardy could understand it's like due to expire this year i think it is it is due to expire um it it expiration is december 31st of this year and there are a number of efforts underway to extend it you mentioned that the utilities are learning better how to integrate these technologies north carolina's home to probably the nation's largest utility duke energy how has the duke energy and the other utilities adapted they seem to be behind the rest of the innovation in the industry frankly uh how how are the utilities adapting in and what is your experience with the relationship that they have to clean energy and integrating it i think the hillary to north carolina are very interested in um figuring out how they can best engage in the the clean energy economy so right now they're they're business model that up um to wear the benefit to them isn't owning owning these assets putting them into their rate face similar to how they would i knew natural gas or on a new nuclear plant um customers on the other hand um have a demand for that more access to renewable energy and they they want to to use it on their property i'm at their businesses and and where we're where there is conflict is.