Energy Policy Now

Energy Policy Now offers clear talk on the policy issues that define our relationship to energy and its impact on society and the environment. The series is produced by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and hosted by energy journalist Andy Stone. Join Andy in conversation with leaders from industry, government, and academia as they shed light on today's pressing energy policy debates.

00:36:17 2022-05-24
As net zero carbon targets become commonplace, strong governance will be needed to ensure climate benefits. --- This is the second episode in a three-part series exploring governance challenges surrounding the transition to clean energy. In recent years...
00:40:03 2022-05-10
Shuchi Talati, former chief of staff of the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy & Carbon Management, discusses the need for strong governance to balance the potential benefits of carbon dioxide removal technologies with environmental and soci...
00:35:52 2022-04-26
Economist Lord Nicholas Stern discusses why traditional economics fail to capture the magnitude of threat presented by climate change, and how the discipline must adapt. --- In 2006 climate economist Nicholas Stern published the Stern Review on the Econ...
00:52:40 2022-04-13
An expert in energy geopolitics discusses the war in Ukraine and its implications for European energy security and decarbonization. The episode was recorded in front of a live audience. --- Anna Mikulska, lecturer in Russian and East European Studies at...
00:26:12 2022-03-22
An energy activist highlights the opportunities, and challenges on the way to clean and equitable energy in the United States. --- The energy transition that is now underway in the United States holds the promise of delivering carbon free energy by the ...
00:43:42 2022-03-10
The transition to a clean energy economy will generate millions of new jobs. Unions are working to ensure that those jobs provide a living wage. --- Dramatic changes are underway in the ways that the United States produces and consumes energy, with majo...
00:36:20 2022-02-22
ProPublica's Alec MacGillis discusses his recent New Yorker magazine article on Germany’s protracted struggle to wean itself off of coal. --- Germany has earned a reputation as a leader in the effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and today counts s...
00:34:35 2022-02-08
Rising global LNG demand points to a strong future for U.S. LNG exports. But ESG concerns loom.   --- Over the past decade, fracking technology has driven unprecedented growth in American natural gas production. Gas now powers 40% of U.S. electricity ...
00:36:46 2022-01-25
A financier discusses the challenge of managing clean energy investment risk. --- The transition to a clean U.S. energy system, including carbon-free electricity by the middle of the next decade, will be fueled by massive investment from government and i...
00:53:11 2021-12-14
A climate economist discusses why efforts to cool earth’s climate through solar geoengineering appear all but inevitable, and considers the policy questions and political battles to come. --- There is no overarching, national debate into the merits of s...
00:46:47 2021-11-30
Who will pay for the electric grid of the future? The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission explores options to incentivize and finance a vast transmission network to support clean energy. --- Much of the fossil fuel generation fleet in the United States...
00:37:59 2021-11-16
China’s leadership must navigate conflicting agendas, and threats to domestic political stability, as it seeks to rein in global warming emissions. --- China has adopted a relatively low profile of late when it comes to addressing climate change. At t...
00:41:47 2021-11-02
An unprecedented backlog of clean energy projects is in line to join PJM Interconnection, an electricity market serving one in five Americans.  --- PJM Interconnection, the largest wholesale electricity market in the U.S., is on the verge of going solar...
00:32:32 2021-10-19
A climate economist looks at the impact that the stranding of fossil fuel assets may have on communities, and at policies that might mitigate economic hardship.  --- As pressure builds to decarbonize the global energy system, much of today’s energy in...
00:41:29 2021-10-05
Hurricane Ida was the most recent storm to wreak havoc on Louisiana’s electric grid.  A legal expert discusses the struggle to provide resilient power in the state as weather and climate risks grow. --- The year 2021 has seen an unprecedented number ...
00:29:28 2021-09-21
A leading energy economist explores the cost of electrifying home heating, the top source of energy demand and carbon emissions in American homes. --- Residential homes account for one fifth of America’s energy consumption, with the largest part of tha...
00:44:50 2021-07-27
Rare earth elements are essential to many clean energy technologies, yet their production can bring severe environmental impacts. A new report grapples with rare earths' environmental negatives and efforts to diversify supply beyond China.  —-  In 201...
00:29:52 2021-07-13
The head of the International Energy Agency’s gas division discusses the outlook for natural gas as global efforts to address carbon emissions intensify. --- Natural gas may be the most controversial of all fossil fuels. It has been heralded as a lowe...
00:51:04 2021-06-29
America’s electric grid is ill-equipped to enable the low carbon energy system of the future.  A grid policy expert explores the policy and economic changes that will be needed to bring the grid up to date.  --- There is little doubt that the electr...
00:42:28 2021-06-15
Congress has directed the nation’s regulator for natural gas and electricity infrastructure to be more responsive to community and environmental concerns. Will FERC’s new Office of Public Participation deliver on the promise of public inclusion? --- ...
00:40:59 2021-06-01
Heidi Binko, Executive Director of the Just Transition Fund, discusses the challenges coal communities face in adapting to a post-coal future, and strategies for economic transition. --- Over the past decade the number of workers directly employed in th...
00:42:49 2021-05-18
Sheila Oparaocha of the International Network on Gender and Sustainability discusses the global effort to ensure gender equality in energy access, as an essential foundation for economic development and public health.   --- One billion people around t...
00:44:22 2021-05-04
Nature-based climate solutions can play a major role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. But biodiversity risks, and community impacts, loom large. --- Technology often seems to be the focus when conversation turns to solutions to address clima...
00:36:25 2021-04-20
One-third of American households struggle to afford basic energy needs. The University of Michigan’s Tony Reames explores the role of policy in overcoming energy poverty. --- Energy justice and poverty have come to the forefront of public dialogue, and ...
00:48:13 2021-04-06
President Biden will rely upon regulatory agencies like the EPA to push his ambitious clean energy and climate agenda. Yet increasingly conservative courts could stand in the way of Biden’s plans. --- President Joe Biden has set an ambitious clean energ...
01:08:52 2021-03-23
Carbon Dioxide Removal is an industrial-scale strategy to hold climate change in check. Five experts weigh in on CDR’s potential, challenges and moral hazards. --- The global effort to slow the pace of climate change will require that two basic strate...
00:44:47 2021-03-09
Corporate renewable energy deals equaled a quarter of total U.S. electric power additions in 2020. The Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance talks policies to accelerate clean energy purchasing.  --- Corporate America’s appetite for renewable energy is...
00:38:04 2021-02-23
The U.S. forfeited leadership in the global effort to combat climate change when it left the Paris Agreement. Now back, will the U.S. resume its former role? --- On Friday, February the 19th, the United States officially rejoined the Paris Climate Agree...
00:43:36 2021-02-09
New research disproves the assumption that exposure to climate-related natural disasters motivates people to support climate policy.    --- A common assumption is that direct exposure to climate-related disasters such as severe wildfires and flooding ...
00:39:20 2021-01-26
New Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has been tasked with combating climate change.  What climate action is the Treasury likely to take under her leadership? --- Joe Biden has made the fight against climate change a focus of his new administration. Consis...
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