Decarbonize: The Clean Energy Podcast

Decarbonize: The Clean Energy Podcast

Fresh Energy is speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy, which will ensure that our region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving communities today and for generations to come. Working purely in the public interest, Fresh Energy’s team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators develops and advances solutions that secure a clean energy future where all can thrive. Sign up for our monthly listserv focused on clean energy issues in Minnesota here: https://fresh-energy.org/

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May 24, 2022 81 min

When we hear about the electric grid, it’s common to think of our local electric utility. They’re the ones we pay for our electric service after all, and it’s our utility’s trucks that we see repairing downed electricity lines. But, as explained in our “What’s up with the grid?” blog, the grid is much bigger than any single utility. It is instead a web of utilities, each interconnected with each other in a giant electric transmissi...

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The investments utilities make in energy infrastructure, including coal and gas plants, have significant impacts on public health, environmental justice, equity, and more. Minnesota’s leaders, policymakers, community advocates, and all who live here should have the opportunity to understand these impacts. Additionally, both utilities and regulators should consider these impacts in long-range utility planning. Together, Fresh Energy...

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Bees, monarchs, and other critical pollinators are disappearing, and scientists agree that loss of habitat is a primary concern. However, research has found that the renewable energy sector provides a unique opportunity for creating new pollinator habitat.

Join Monarch Joint Venture, Connexus Energy, MNL, and Fresh Energy for a webinar recorded on May 18, 2022, as we dig into the new study, “Monitoring Pollinators on Minnesota Solar...

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will funnel a historic $1.2 trillion into states—about $6.8 billion of which is headed to Minnesota. These funds will go toward much-needed investments in weatherization assistance, energy efficiency, power and grid, electric transportation, and more—all of which play a major role in our climate future as we seek energy independence.

But how can local and state policymakers, agency staff, elected of...

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Electric panel updates are a crucial way to speed up home electrification, but cost can be a barrier. That’s why Fresh Energy is leading a new effort at the Minnesota Legislature this year to prepare Minnesota’s existing residential buildings for the transition to fossil-free electricity: An electric panel upgrade program for owners of single family and multifamily buildings.

Podcast Guests: 

  • Eric Fowler, Senior Coalition Communicat...
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    Fresh Energy is celebrating 30 years of making history for clean energy and climate here in Minnesota and the Midwest. Join Michael Noble, J. Drake Hamilton, and Jim Ladner for a conversation about some pivotal moments in each decade of Fresh Energy’s history. 

    Podcast Guests: 

  • Michael Noble, Executive Director of Fresh Energy
  • J. Drake Hamilton, Senior Director, Science Policy at Fresh Energy 
  • Jim Ladner, Fresh Energy Board Member
  • Host:...

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    Electrifying medium- and heavy-duty vehicles is good for climate, public health, and our economy—and we’ve got the data to back it up, thanks to a new report from Fresh Energy on behalf of the Coalition for Clean Transportation. Join experts and advocates from Fresh Energy, MN350, Sierra Club, and the Environmental Resource Management Group (ERM).

    Panelists: 

  • Anjali Bains, Fresh Energy
  • Joshua Houdek, Sierra Club
  • Madi Johnson, MN350
  • Dave...
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    March 2, 2022 61 min

    Natural gas—also known as fossil gas—is everywhere these days. It’s in our buildings, where we burn it to heat spaces and water and to cook our food. It’s in our neighborhoods, running through pipes that crisscross our streets. It’s in our electricity grid, where we burn it to create electricity. And it’s in the news. We’re hearing more and more about fossil gas, with published stories on the negative health, safety, financial, and...

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    As news organizations focus more attention on environmental justice, what steps can they take to ensure they’re truly serving the communities they cover? In this virtual panel discussion, we talk to both journalists and advocates from Energy News Network, Grist, and the Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition about what equity in climate and energy journalism should look like, and what steps news organizations can take to move i...

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    January 31, 2022 71 min

    Join Fresh Energy's Bri Kerber and Mike Schowalter for a deep dive on the grid! Mike lays out the details on what exactly the grid is, how it works, the current challenges and opportunities in grid modernization, and discusses what’s next as we look to build the grid that will serve our clean energy future for generations to come.  

    Want even more details on what’s up with the grid? Check out this blog post Mike wrote all about ...

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    The 2022 session of the Minnesota Legislature begins on January 31. Join the Fresh Energy team for a conversation about our plans and expectations for the coming session. The discussion will touch on  Minnesota’s budget surplus, bonding and budget proposals already on the table, our policy goals, and more!

    Podcast Guests:
    Michael Noble, Executive Director
    Justin Fay, Lead Director of Public Affairs
    Anna Johnson, Senior Associate of Pub...

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    Let’s talk EVs!

    Join Shift2Electric’s Jukka Kukkonen and Fresh Energy’s Jo Olson and Justin Fay for a webinar about all-things electric vehicles (EVs) including Jukka's top 10 market trends and predictions, exciting new models, and the evolving federal EV landscape.

    This webinar is also available on YouTube here.

    View a comprehensive reference list of EV models, their specs, and more: shift2electric.com/evinfolist.

    Listeners can s...

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    December 14, 2021 54 min

    Join Fresh Energy for a two-part episode as we discuss the state of coal in Minnesota.

    Part 1:
    Fresh Energy's Allen Gleckner and Isabel Ricker lay out the details on changes to coal plant operations, scheduled closure dates, utilities importing coal power from other states, and important ways listeners can get involved at home and with their utilities.

    Part 2:
    Fresh Energy's Anjali Bains and Justin Fay discuss what a just and ...

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    November 17, 2021 65 min

    From late October through early November, almost 200 countries came together in Glasgow for the global climate summit, or COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Fresh Energy’s Senior Science Policy Director J. Drake Hamilton attended the summit and shared real-time updates on the Fresh Energy blog. Sit down with J. and the Science Museum of Minnesota's Pat Hamilton to get their take on everything that happened at ...

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    With the Global Climate Summit around the corner, countries and corporations are making major announcements for climate action. As our Senior Science Policy Director J. Drake Hamilton prepares to travel to Glasgow to attend the summit, we sat down with her for a behind-the-scenes look at what to expect at this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the role that Minnesota plays in the whole process, and which loca...

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    In 2020, the FBI revealed details of a $60 million corruption case that has so far led to multiple arrests, including Ohio House speaker Larry Householder, and the resignation of the state’s top utility regulator.

    Join Energy News Network, journalists, and advocates from Ohio as we walk through the tangled web of dark money and back-door dealmaking that helped the state’s largest utility secure multiple bailouts while hamstringing e...

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    At Fresh Energy, equity is a central pillar of our mission and a priority across the organization. Our Energy Access and Equity department is where the organization and the staff on today's podcast focus specifically on policies and programs that reduce the energy burden on under-resourced communities, increase opportunities for and access to clean energy jobs, and ensure our policy-based solutions—and Fresh Energy operations—a...

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    Tune in to Part 4 of Fresh Energy's "Intersection of Energy and Community" webinar series!

    The transition to an equitable, carbon-neutral economy will bring big changes to our communities. State and federal policies, utility programs, and the overall evolution from a world powered by oil and gas to a clean electricity-powered future, play out in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. But it’s not just communities adap...

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    Tune in to Part 3 of Fresh Energy's "Intersection of Energy and Community" webinar series!

    The transition to an equitable, carbon-neutral economy will bring big changes to our communities. State and federal policies, utility programs, and the overall evolution from a world powered by oil and gas to a clean electricity-powered future, play out in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. But it’s not just communities adap...

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    Tune in to Part 2 of Fresh Energy's "Intersection of Energy and Community" webinar series!

    The transition to an equitable, carbon-neutral economy will bring big changes to our communities. State and federal policies, utility programs, and the overall evolution from a world powered by oil and gas to a clean electricity-powered future, play out in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. But it’s not just communities adap...

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