The Power & Perils Of Cooperatives — Episode 12 Of The Building Local Power Podcast

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Aug 112017
 

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Hannah Trostle and Karlee Weinmann, Research Associates for the Community Broadband Networks and Energy Democracy initiatives, respectively

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New TEDX podcast series: Fracking and Health

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May 122017
 

Is our food at risk from oil and gas wastewater repurposed for crop irrigation? The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) is bringing science to the people in a popular format — podcasts! The new series Fracking and Health: Ask a Scientist answers your …
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Heartland Daily Podcast – Dr. Mark Zoback: Fracking and Oklahoma Earthquakes

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Apr 272016
 

Although the process of fracking itself does not cause quakes, many people think disposing of fracking wastewater is causing the uptick in tremors, but according to Stanford University Geoscientist Mark Zoback, they’re wrong. In this edition of The …
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Listen To Our 1st “Cleantech Talk” Podcast (Apple Cars, Tesla Model X, Formula E, Chevy Bolt)

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Feb 182015
 

Also published on EV Obsession & Gas2. Chris DeMorro and I have just launched a new podcast series, “Cleantech Talk.” We’ll surely get into other topics down the road, but for this first one, it was all about electric vehicles. We discussed 4 big stories from the past week, which I’ll write a bit about in below,

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Solar & Waste Heat (TalkSolar Podcast)

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Nov 222014
 

Leveraging waste heat is a model for making any energy production more efficient. In the TalkSolar podcast below, I interview Phil Brennan, I his company’s technology fits in with the solar equation and the DOE project that is exploring waste heat and the solar connection. Echogen Power Solutions is taking what was once waste and creating additional power with the

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Interview With ABB’s Bob Stojanovic (CleanTechnica/TalkSolar Podcast)

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Jun 162014
 

We’ve got another podcast double header this weekend. Beth Bond in this episode speaks with Bob Stojanovic, Director of Solar Power for ABB North America. I had the pleasure to meet Bob in Nevada last year, and was surprised and happy to hear that he was a big fan of CleanTechnica. I’m happy Beth was able to connect with him for this interesting TalkSolar episode. Have a listen and share with friends!

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bob stojanovicIf this podcast has only made you more curious about Bob, here’s a bit more info from TalkSolar: “Bob Stojanovic is responsible for driving the company’s North American solar market strategy and sales. In this role, Stojanovic works with various ABB divisions and business units, to help develop strategy as well as market and deliver solutions ranging from discrete components to complex turnkey systems. He has interaction with a diverse customer base composed of the following; distributors, contractors, OEM, developers, Independent Power Producers and Utilities. He has been with ABB since 1999 over the years he has served in various roles as district or regional manager for low voltage drives, low voltage products, and industrial power products and power systems. As the solar electric power market continues to grow, Bob and his team focus on bringing intelligent, efficient and bankable solutions to the North American Solar Power market.”

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TalkSolar/CleanTechnica Podcast: Democratic Energy

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May 102014
 



In this week’s TalkSolar/CleanTechnica podcast, Beth Bond chatted with John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Regular readers are very familiar with John’s work, as he has been contributing on CleanTechnica since 2011. Nonetheless, it was great listening to John talk about distributed renewable energy benefits, net metering, value of solar tariffs, different types of utilities, community solar power, and more. I encourage you to grab some food or a coffee, sit back, and listen in on this one:

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Fun stuff.

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How Vermont Has Promoted Local Renewable Energy: Episode 10 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

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Nov 112013
 



“A lot of the utilities don’t totally understand this new paradigm that’s coming.”

David Blittersdorf of AllEarth Renewables has been working to advance renewable energy in Vermont for years, and was instrumental in getting the state’s standard offer program (a feed-in tariff) passed in 2009. He’s adamant that the state should accelerate its standard offer in order to meet its ambitious 2050 goal of getting 90% of its energy from renewable sources. But some of the state’s utilities have balked and others don’t seem to grasp the pace that’s needed to reach the state’s targets.

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A huge thanks and farewell to ILSR intern Wade Underwood, without whom this podcast would never have happened.

We Need Something That Will Actually Work

In 2008, many of the state’s advocates were asking “what can we do to move renewables,” but the policy framework was lacking. One of the utilities hosted a stakeholder discussion about “green zones,” but Dave’s response was that “we really need to do something that will actually work.” Inspired by a presentation from Paul Gipe on feed-in tariffs, Dave helped shift the stakeholder meeting to a discussion of a standard offer program for renewable energy. Two hours later, they got to agreement. Within months, they were at the legislature, with support from the state’s largest utility.

Solar Has Shone, Others Less So

The long-term, standardized contracts and state-based permitting have dramatically simplified the installation of new renewable energy projects, but it’s solar power (and not wind, hydro, or farm methane) that has fulfilled its portion of the initial 50 megawatt program. There were applications for 10 times the 12.5 megawatt capacity offered, because the standard offer contract of 30¢ per kilowatt-hour (at the height of solar’s worldwide price squeeze) was sweetened by state and federal tax credits.

Almost all the solar capacity is operational, but less than 8 megawatts of the remaining capacity in the program have started producing electricity.

Moving Ahead

Despite the success of the solar standard offer and support from utilities, the state has retrenched, with a commitment to just 7 megawatts per year in addition to the original program. That leaves the capacity under the program at a small fraction (0.5%) of total state electricity sales.

The state agencies are also stepping back from the standardized price model, with discussions about a reverse auction mechanism. That policy has been used for larger scale solar (5-20 megawatts) in California, but has high participation costs, especially for small projects. Another significant drawback is that the bidding process may encourage developers to bid lower than they can actually afford to go. “You’re gonna get a low price,” says Dave, “but nothing gets built… the lowest bidder is the one who can’t do it.”

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The success of the solar standard offer makes it a model for other states, suggests Dave, especially for distributed projects in the hundreds of kilowatts to a few megawatts. The state also allows virtual net metering, facilitating community shared solar projects, and a “value of solar” price adder on their net metering policy.

Bottom Line

Vermont may have more foresight than other states it its ambitious 90% renewable energy target by 2050, but it’s really the sign of a paradigm shift in energy, says Dave. We’re likely to electrify transportation and heating given the relative ease of greening electricity supply and if we’re going to de-carbonize, we can’t be burning coal.

This is the 10th edition of Local Energy Rules, a new ILSR podcast that is published twice monthly, on 1st and 3rd Thursday. In this podcast series, ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell talks with people putting together great community renewable energy projects and examining how energy policies help or hurt the development of clean, local power. Click to subscribe to the podcast: iTunes or RSS/XML. Sign up for new podcast notifications and weekly email updates from ILSR’s energy program!

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Business Ecology Initiative Releases New Podcast Featuring Aleks Buterman … – Big Hollywood

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Jun 302010
 

NEEDHAM, Mass. , June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — OMG ™ today announced that a podcast and slide deck of the presentation by Aleks Buterman , Principal and Technology Investment Management Advisor at SenseAgility …
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