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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: ...
 
In Season 2 of The Clean Energy Revolution podcast, Max La Manna takes a look at the role energy plays in tackling the negative effects of climate change. As countries around the world aim to reach net zero emissions, Max discovers how the world will be powered in the next 30 years as we work towards a future that doesn't contribute to global warming. Along the way we’ll meet inspiring people who are embracing new technology to make their lives, homes and businesses cleaner and greener, as w ...
 
There is so much to be angry about, if you are a clean energy guy. Every day, so many things that happen around the world make me angry when I look at them with lenses colored by the climate change chaos unfolding everywhere around us. And I am especially angry because I know we can solve the climate change crisis if we were only trying.Each week, I will share with you a few topics that struck me and that I was very angry about – and this will generally have to do with climate change, solar ...
 
The Clean Earth Energy Podcast is about news, big ideas, insights, questions, and commentary about sustainability across a wide range of topics. From clean energy and the energy transition, to electric vehicles and e-mobility, and the actions, policies and technologies across the world that are driving the transition toward reducing carbon emissions. Clean Earth Energy Founder, Mark Wyche shares his perspectives and talks to a variety of people at the forefront of sustainability to share the ...
 
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To meet our Paris targets and keep warming to 1.5 degrees, we need to decarbonize the grid by 2035. Nuclear can't possibly achieve that in twelve years. So why are we extolling nuclear? BP says oil demand may have peaked. Toyota is officially dead. Chinese homes that burn coal inside the house. Greenwashing: Brian's local airport is capturing carbo…
 
It’s a new year, and Max La Manna is taking a look at the ways clean energy is heading in 2023 and beyond. We’ll hear predictions from experts across the energy landscape on what they think the next year - and the coming decades - will hold. Those predictions will be dissected and discussed by three energy leaders: Emma Pinchbeck - CEO of Energy UK…
 
A new book says stick with wind, water, solar and storage and we meet 95% of our climate targets by 2035 without new inventions. Plant-based eggs briefly become cheaper than real eggs. We will not have to strip the Earth of its minerals to address climate change: a debunking. Republican states are benefiting the most with Biden's climate bills. Bri…
 
A new book says stick with wind, water, solar and storage and we meet 95% of our climate targets by 2035 without new inventions. Plant-based eggs briefly become cheaper than real eggs. We will not have to strip the Earth of its minerals to address climate change: a debunking. Republican states are benefiting the most with Biden's climate bills. Bri…
 
Wind farm capacity factor bigger than French Nuclear's in 2022. The large Siberian city where they leave their gas cars running 24/7 all winter. Gas stations will start to disappear in a few years. A UK company is converting an electric Ford Mustang into a hearse. That’s good news, because if I’m going straight to hell, I want to go electric. Mazda…
 
Indoor air pollution from gas stoves and fire stoves is bad. There are few EVs that work well for people who can't plug in every night in cold climates. (Updated audio file.) Brian runs into trouble mitigating radon in his home. Brian's book report from a previous show inspired long-time listener Barrack Obama to choose the same Canadian graphic no…
 
Apple will use its waste heat from a data processing center to heat a small town. Uganda will swap out gas two wheelers for E-motorcycles for free. And Hyundai will stop celling combustion vehicles in Norway. This includes PHEVs. Brian struggles with Apple Music. James appologizes for getting Brian to buy Tesla stock. James's LEAF does something we…
 
Why 2022 was a good year for clean energy (thanks Putin!), our EV of the year, solar on an abandoned nuclear power plant site, Brian gets stranded by the weather, James's Prius has troubles, and more evidence that the Tesla Supercharger network is the one to beat. The sound of driving next to the Tesla Semi will amaze you. EU emissions are down des…
 
The 2023 session of the Minnesota Legislature begins on January 3. Join the Fresh Energy team for a conversation about our plans and expectations for the coming session. The discussion will touch on Minnesota’s clean energy opportunities, federal action, committee assignments, budget surplus, our policy goals, and more! Podcast Guests: Michael Nobl…
 
A fossil-free energy future isn’t just essential to help us reach net zero carbon goals, it’s a vital opportunity for future economies too. In The Clean Energy Revolution from National Grid, Max La Manna is on a mission to demystify our energy systems and help make sense of the science and engineering that underpins them. In this episode, Max talks…
 
A net energy gain for fusion in a lab is a landmark scientific achievement but we're decades away from commercialization according to experts. We have to decarbonize the planet by 2050. Will fusion energy contribute? Utility solar farm that lays the panels flat on the ground is commissioned. The Salton Sea in California could provide all the United…
 
Tesla released their 500 mile/800 KM battery electric semi truck, proving that long-haul tranport can be electrified. A Texas fossil fuel foundation is fighting facts with misinformation campaigns and legal action to slow the adoption of clean energy. Link to NY Times story on the Texas foundation (free link) New IEA report: Renewables will do in t…
 
What happened at COP27? In November, nearly 200 countries will come together in Egypt for the global climate summit, or COP27, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Join Fresh Energy’s J. Drake Hamilton and members of the Minnesota delegation including Patrick Hamilton of the Science Museum and Dr. Nfamara K. Dampha of the University of Min…
 
In the Clean Energy Revolution from National Grid, Max La Manna explores our energy systems as we move towards a net zero world. In this episode, Max takes a look at the different ways our energy supplies are being kept secure and resilient–both now and into the future. With all the challenges in the world today–extreme weather, climate change, cyb…
 
Brian talks about Wired.com's story on the benefits of processed foods. James is depressed because his beloved Nissan LEAF needs a new PTC cabin heater with a hefty price tag. The city of Houston has a boil water advisory because of a blip in their power grid. The Tesla Semi seems to be for real. Musk says it completed a 500 mile journey pulling an…
 
Two hundred billion dollars of oil and gas money to through The World Cup in Qatar. Turns out Qatar is 'new money' and yet has a huge sovereign fund of $300B. Even they know the transition is coming. The governor of Tokyo suggests turtleneck sweaters for saving on energy. Will the trend take off? Donate to The Clean Energy Show via PayPal! COP27 wa…
 
The global legal construct around climate change was born in 1992, when the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was negotiated at the UN Conference on Environment and Development, more commonly known as the Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro. In this podcast, we take a tour through a short history of UN climate talks (now in their 27th year at w…
 
Electric truck stops will need as much power as a small town. Heat pumps mandatory in new homes in Washington State. Indoor hydroponic wheat produces 6 crops per year on the same land. LaGuardia Airport will host a pilot project that uses a flywheel to speed up EV charging. SpaceX buys ads on Twitter. Could Tesla be next? Battery espionage in Canad…
 
In this episode, Ford becomes the #2 EV seller in the US, but are they moving any closer to catching Tesla? BMW has been making lots of news recently with its EV plans. They recently announced a major shift in how they intend to sell to consumer. Also, see what their CEO thinks is 'hip' in EVs. Volvo has taken the first steps toward phasing out Int…
 
As COP 27 kicks off in Egypt, The UN chief says we're not doing enough to prevent a climate catastrophe. On the bright side, France is mandating all parking lots have solar panels over them resulting in the power of 10 nuclear reactors. An analyst says Tesla may never achieve full self-driving. South Dakota produced more energy from wind than any o…
 
Twit Elon Musk may be tarnishing the Tesla Brand as we navigates his way through Twitter ownership. The European Union bans the sale of new combustion vehicles by 2035. Small modular nuclear reactors largely rely on highly enriched urnanium that only comes from Russia. So that's a problem since Russia invaded Ukraine. A large bank is getting scolde…
 
Sustainable aviation fuels are a fraud. Study after study say that no matter how you look at the data, their production will fail to meet aviation needs no matter how much money is thrown at the problem. Not only does the industry have to be created from scratch, creating enough "sustainable" fuels to replace jet fuel by 2050 assumes we can convert…
 
In the Clean Energy Revolution from National Grid, Max La Manna is on a mission to demystify our energy systems and help make sense of the science and engineering that underpins our everyday lives. As we push forward towards a net zero world, countries face tough targets to decarbonise the way we fuel our lives and National Grid is there to help in…
 
Toyota may finally be waking up to Electric Car Reality. New U.K. PM Sunak gets a 3 out of 5 on climate. Our city gets an elecric truck and loves the savings. Brian nearly dies in his Tesla Model 3 in a snowstorm but he thinks it should have been called a blizzard. A wind turbine gets hit by lighting off the coast of Ireland and blows up. We have t…
 
More information on how renewable use less land that fossil fuels and aren't destroyed permanently in the process. Nikola Motors CEO found guilty of 3 of 4 charges. Some thing EV charging at night won't always be cheap. Greece runs on 100% renewables for five hours. VW has hired Ewan McGregor to help them sell EVs. Brian expolores a graphic novel t…
 
It's getting to be easier to find an EV charger in Manhattan than a gas station. Nissan's second EV is pricey! This Old House talks EV chargers in your home. Ford is actually making EVs you can and should buy. Tesla semi has finally entered production, first deliveries to Pepsi Dec 1. Porsche is going public And how much space would solar panels ta…
 
What is climate finance and its related areas of climate mitigation and adaptation? How is Fresh Energy involved in driving progress on climate finance at COP27, the United Nations (U.N.) Climate Change Conference? In this discussion, Fresh Energy’s J. Drake Hamilton and Bri Kerber sit down to talk through J.’s seven-year legacy at the global clima…
 
A small town in Alberta thinks solar panels give off radiation and won't allow an important fast charger be built. But a small Saskatchewan Co-op embraces electrifcation and kindness! Link to video version of the commercial we made for the Riverbend Co-op in Davidson, Saskatchewan to thank them for support electric vehicles. Small modular nuclear r…
 
Are solar farms a threat to water quality or a community asset? How can we create a solar-friendly permitting process that also enhances water and ecosystem services for the host community? Thanks to the PV-SMaRT project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technology Office, we are excited to debut the first solar-specific …
 
Al Gore correctly calls the World Bank president a climate denier. California the latest state to allow human composting. Ford is moving to a direct sales model for EVs that will eliminate dealer markups. The Fully Charged Live event is coming to Canada. Reducing costs in massive solar farms goes beyond the cost of the panels themselves. We get a l…
 
What is networked geothermal, and how can it drive decarbonization? In this discussion, hosted by Fresh Energy on behalf of the Energy We Can’t Afford Coalition, Fresh Energy's Joe Dammel, John Farrell from Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and Zeyneb Magavi from HEET sit down to dive into the details on how geothermal microgrids and district syst…
 
What are building codes, and how are they critical tools in driving progress toward a healthier, more resilient, more efficient Minnesota? Fresh Energy's Eric Fowler and Briana Kerber dive into the details on what building codes are, who writes them, how they impact our lives, and how Fresh Energy is acting on multiple levels to improve building en…
 
The IEA has a number for the required solar to halt climate change and it's being built right now! Heat waves make people angry, Californians respond to text alert to save power and blackouts were averted. Link to Bloomberg article: The Solar Supply Chain needed to Halt Global Warming is Already Being Built Tesla’s production cost per vehicle is 42…
 
Climate optimism is in short supply, so this is a podcast about ten BIG, BIG reasons to be optimistic that we are pushing back against global warming. I put this podcast together because climate anxiety is real: distress related to worries about climate impacts is widespread. We feel powerless in the face of crisis of epic proportion manifesting it…
 
The U.K. Conservatives have elected a new PM, Lizz Truss, who doesn't like to look at solar panels. Battery fires get E-Bikes banned in New York City public housing. California pays poorer people not to own cars. General Motors offers to buy out Buick dealers who don't want to get with the electric future. A word for all the awefull people who fear…
 
James visits his first solar farm in Saskatchewan: a single axis bifacial 13mW site near Weyburn. A closer look at Green Hydrogen and Canada's new agreements with Germany to produce it. Brian finally finds an air-source heatpump installer in his home town. What’s faster than a Lamborghini and a Ferrari? A Kia. No joke. Anti-lock brakes are coming t…
 
This time on the Clean Energy Revolution from National Grid, Max La Manna is finding out how we can learn from science and nature to come up with solutions for a cleaner, greener future. We’ve come a long way from the days of windmills and watermills, with our oceans becoming vast sources of wind power, and development along our coastlines allowing…
 
We dig into why Japan is not making use of their abundant wind resources. Tesla will begin shipping their electric semi truck this year. We look at the details for EVs in the new Biden climate bill. Mazda sold only 8 electric vehicles in the month of July. It’s a headline and punchline all in one! An update to the US sending oil to Germany, F150 li…
 
What is the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and how did it get to where it is today? Sit down with Fresh Energy's Michael Noble, Anjali Bains, and Jo Olson to learn about the good and bad elements of the bill and its implications for equity and justice, as well as how Fresh Energy and advocates across the country are continuing to plug in to drive b…
 
The U.S. looks to pass the largest climate spending in history, providing incentives for electric vehicles, manufacturing, solar, wind and many surprising home upgrades. Massive oil fire at a storage facility in Cuba. James outlines clean energy-related stories from his vacation. Chinese cars are invading Japan. Are Chinese cars the new Japanese ca…
 
The Democratic-backed bill known as the Inflation Reduction Act would represent the largest climate investment in US history. Interview with Tom Rowlands-Rees, Head of Research, North America for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and Corey Cantor, E.V. Associate with BNEF. The July Surprise, E.V. incentives, Japanese automakers and the challenges of br…
 
EVs sales are hitting the tipping point of adoption in the United States. Verticle bi-facial solar panels facing West may offer a more steady flow of electricity throughout the day and thus require less storage expense. The Oil industry may have developed a rather large war chest to fight climate action. The U.K. is going ahead with new nuclear rea…
 
Energy and climate issues play out across our society—in books and film, institutions of higher learning, our democracy, and in the very air we breathe. Once again, this July, Thursdays were Fresh Energy summer webinar series days! Many special guests joined Fresh Energy each Thursday for four fun and engaging discussions about the many facets of e…
 
In season 2 of The Clean Energy Revolution podcast from National Grid, Max La Manna takes a look at the role energy plays in tackling the negative effects of climate change, and discovers how our world will be powered in the next 30 years. This time Max is looking at transport; asking how travel is embracing clean, green and renewable energy. We al…
 
James wonders why it's cost-effective to install bifacial single axis solar panels on utility solar farms in Canada. The builders of the Weyburn, Saskatchewan solar farm get back to us on why. GM offers live EV advice online. France orders air conditioned shops to keep their doors closed when the air conditioning is on. Major airlines have all back…
 
In Season 2 of The Clean Energy Revolution podcast, Max La Manna takes a look at the role energy plays in tackling the negative effects of climate change. As countries around the world aim to reach net zero emissions, Max discovers how the world will be powered in the next 30 years as we work towards a future that doesn't contribute to global warmi…
 
In the midst of a global climate crisis touching everyone and everything, there are new, sophisticated and dangerous forms of greenwashing making the rounds, courtesy of the oil & gas industry and their stooges. The Angry Clean Energy Guy exposes two particularly pernicious ones: oil companies "announcing" renewable energy projects to fund more oil…
 
Energy and climate issues play out across our society—in books and film, institutions of higher learning, our democracy, and in the very air we breathe. Once again this July, Thursdays are Fresh Energy summer webinar series days! Register here to join Fresh Energy and special guests for four fun and engaging discussions about the many facets of ene…
 
Our prediction has come true: Wind, Solar and Batteries will outcompete Nuclear on cost which, in turn, makes Nuclear even more expensive. The U.K heat records, Russia/Germany natural gas fight, how Canadian carbon tax rebates work (in the four provinces that did not come out with their own climate plan), who has the best climate reporting, the tru…
 
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