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Renewable Energy in Agriculture


 

Published August 2, 2018

In this episode CNEE Research Associate Francisca Pretorius discusses the findings of her paper on “Clean Energy in Agriculture, a Colorado Case Study”.

Useful resources referenced in this episode:

Clean Energy In Agriculture

Episode 37: Energy Storage


 

Published October 19, 2017

In this episode we discuss this exciting technology that is rapidly declining in price and can contribute myriad benefits to the grid as well as consumers and the policy steps to advance energy storage at the state level.

Useful resources referenced in this episode:

IREC’s Energy Storage Policy Guide for State Legislators

Episode 36: 2017 Solar Decathlon – Interview with DOE’s Linda Silverman


 

Published September 28, 2017

In this episode we interview Linda Silverman, DOE’s lead on the solar decathlon, about the competition coming to Denver on October 5: what to expect from this year’s competition, how it has changed throughout the years, and what happens to the solar decathlon houses.

Useful resources referenced in this episode:

DOE Page on all things Decathlon!

Construction Drawings and Documentation for past Decathlon Houses

Episode 35: The Solar Decathlon – Interview with Jeff Lyng


 

Published September 21, 2017

In this episode we interview CNEE’s own Jeff Lyng – captain of the 2005 winning team in the solar decathlon about the competition coming to Denver on October 5 and what teams go through getting ready.

Useful resources referenced in this episode:

DOE Page on all things Decathlon!

Construction Drawings and Documentation for past Decathlon Houses

Episode 34: 2017 Clean Energy Legislative Academy


 

Published August 25, 2017

In 2017, the Center for the New Energy Economy launched a first ever Legislative Academy. 24 legislators from around the country – including 17 chairs or co-chairs of energy committees attended the academy. This first installment describes the academy objectives and reflections on the first session in July. The second session takes place from September 12-15.

Useful resources referenced in this episode:

AEL Tracker – all energy legislation introduced in states around the US

2017 Clean Energy Legislative Academy Webpage

Episode 33: Transportation – EV Charging Infrastructure and Utilities


Published February 2, 2017

The first in a three part series on Transportation. 2017 brings the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla 3 to the electric vehicle market – two EVs with over 200 miles range. The only thing holding back EVs is charging infrastructure. In this episode we discuss ways in which states can facilitate investment in charging infrastructure by utilities. In an era of flat and declining load, utilities may have the most to gain from this new load source that can grow load while reducing carbon emissions.

Useful resources referenced in this episode:

Washington State HB 1853

California Statewide Plug-In Infrastructure Assessment

Plug-In America

IRS Description of Federal Tax Credit

Utility Dive report on California $1B investment in EV infrastructure by utilities

Center for Strategic and International Studies report on California investment by utilities

Policies to promote electric vehicles in the Southwest – SWEEP

Episode 32: Introducing the Clean Energy Policy Guide (e-book)


Published January 25th, 2017

The Center for the New Energy Economy has just released the first version of our Clean Energy Policy Guide for State Legislatures. In this episode, we discuss the guide with two members of our research team Jane Culkin and Chris Edmonds.

You can download the Policy Guide for free from the iTunes bookstore here.

If you don’t have a way to read an iBook from the iTunes store, you can download a pdf version with limited functionality (no videos and some of graphics and navigation capability) but with all the text and links here.

Episode 31: 2016 – Legislative Year End Summary


Published December 19th, 2016

In our annual year end legislative roundup of energy policy enacted around the country we discuss some of the trends we’ve seen in energy policy, some of the big policy developments and Jeff even makes a prediction (some people just never learn)… You can see the 2016 year end report here.

Episode 30: Summer Series Paper 4 Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement


Published December 14th, 2016

Increasingly, large fortune 500 companies are committing to meeting large renewable and climate objectives. However, this can severely impact utility planning. In this episode, we discuss the findings of a new paper published by the Center for the New Energy Economy which looks at ways in which states can manage and promote renewable procurement by large corporations.

Episode 29: Vehicle Electrification and the VW Settlement


Published November 14th, 2016

In this episode of the Energy Policy Podcast, we discuss the VW Settlement and Electric Vehicles with Will Toor of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) – While many have heard of the individual rebates to VW owners component of the settlement, much less understood is the investment across the US in emissions reduction – including electric vehicle infrastructure.

Also, see related blog post by Governor Bill Ritter in the Wall Street Journal

Episode 28: Summer Series Paper 2 Energy Efficiency


Published October 17th, 2016

The Center for the New Energy Economy has launched a summer series of research papers looking at energy efficiency and renewable energy. In each of the two topics, we look first at trends and drivers of conventional policy, In this podcast we look at innovative policy design to go beyond the status quo from the 2nd paper entitled “State Policies to Expand Market Certainty for Energy Efficiency without an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard”.

Find the summer series of publications at: CNEE Summer Series

Episode 27: Summer Series Paper 1: Energy Efficiency


Published August 22nd, 2016

The Center for the New Energy Economy has launched a summer series of research papers looking at energy efficiency and renewable energy. In each of the two topics, we look first at trends and drivers of conventional policy, in the second we look at innovative policy design to go beyond the status quo. In this podcast we look at the first of these policy papers on Energy Efficiency: “Driving Energy Efficiency Markets: The Conventional Approach”. Find the summer series of publications at: cnee.colostate.edu/summer-series/

Episode 27: Summer Series Paper 1: Energy Efficiency


Published August 22nd, 2016

The Center for the New Energy Economy has launched a summer series of research papers looking at energy efficiency and renewable energy. In each of the two topics, we look first at trends and drivers of conventional policy, in the second we look at innovative policy design to go beyond the status quo. In this podcast we look at the first of these policy papers on Energy Efficiency: “Driving Energy Efficiency Markets: The Conventional Approach”. Find the summer series of publications at: cnee.colostate.edu/summer-series/

Episode 26: Spot for Clean Energy


Published May 3rd, 2016

The Center for the New Energy Economy has just launched a new policy tool – SPOT for Clean Energy (www.spotforcleanenergy.org) – in this podcast we discuss the use of the tool and how it can help lawmakers and others to identify best policies for their states.

Episode 25: Saving Money with RPS Law under the New Production Tax Credit


Published March 18th, 2016

In this episode, we discuss the current state of RPS policies in the country and how these policies might be amended to take financial advantage of the benefits of the expiring Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

Episode 24: Powering Forward: Governor Ritter Speaks about his upcoming book


Published February 19th, 2016

In this episode, Governor Bill Ritter, former Governor of the state of Colorado and the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy discusses his upcoming book “Powering Forward – What Everyone should know about America’s Energy Revolution”. Available at amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Powering-Forward-Everyone-Americas-Revolution/dp/1936218216

Episode 23: Stepping up the PACE


Published August 25th, 2015

President Obama announces a sweeping set of energy reforms at a speech in Nevada and partially reverses the devastating action of the Federal Housing Authority from 2010 opening billions of dollars of financing for homeowners to install energy efficiency and renewable energy on their homes.

Episode 22: Transportation: EVs and Utilities


Published July 16th, 2015

Electric vehicles tie two sectors together that have previously been separate – the electric sector and the transportation sector. What is the risks and opportunity for utilities with the broadening of the electricity sector into the transportation world?

Episode 21: Transportation: Policies for Advanced Vehicles


Published June 25th, 2015

Advanced vehicles include electric vehicles, hybrids, natural gas and other vehicles. This episode looks at government policies to promote alternative fueled vehicles.

Episode 20: Transportation: Why Alternative Fuel Vehicles?


Published June 8th, 2015

Political leaders from Governor Brown to President Obama have set ambitious goals for zero emission, alternative fuel and electric vehicles. In this episode, we look at dynamics that drive states towards advancing alternative fueled vehicles and the state of the industry today.

Episode 19: Renewables: Mandates to Markets


Published May 6th, 2015

Looking beyond the mandates of renewable portfolio standards, what are some policies states can pursue to advance markets for renewable energy?

Episode 18: Renewables: RPS Policies


Published April 10th, 2015

This month we turn to renewable energy policies. In this first episode we discuss renewable portfolio standards and different components of RPS policies.

Episode 17: Energy Productivity: Policies Solutions


Published March 29th, 2015

In this episode we talk about state policies that promote energy productivity.

Episode 16: Energy Productivity: Demand Response


Published March 19th, 2015

In this episode, we discuss energy productivity technologies that allow for “Demand Response”.

Episode 15: Energy Productivity: Introduction


Published March 6th, 2015

This month we look at energy productivity, what it means, how to achieve a more productive energy system and policies to promote energy productivity.

Episode 14: Net Metering, Policy Solutions


Published March 5th, 2015

In this episode we discuss policy approaches to net metering around the country and potential solutions.

Episode 13: Net Metering, The Advocate Perspective


Published February 19th, 2015

This week we continue our look at Net Metering Policies with a focus on the advocates (primarily the solar industry) arguments around net metering.

Episode 12: Net Metering, The Utility Perspective


Published February 11th, 2015

In our ongoing examination of the net metering issue, we discuss the utility perspective on net metering and why so many utilities are fighting the policy around the country.

Episode 11: Net Metering 101


Published February 5th, 2015

Net Metering is one of the most contentious issues in state legislatures and utility commissions today – pitting utilities against the solar industry. Find out about the issue in this overview.

Episode 10: Legislative Lookback at 2014


Published January 31st, 2015

Today we take a look at the highlights of energy policy legislation in 2014.

Episode 9: Changes in the Legislature


Published January 31st, 2015

In this podcast, we discuss the changes in the state legislative and governors’ office makeup after the 2014 elections and the impacts that may have on energy policy for 2015.

Episode 8: Introduction to a New Season


Published January 30th, 2015

Today we take a quick look at our podcast and the schedule for 2015.

Episode 7: AEL Tracker


Published July 1st, 2013

The Center for the New Energy Economy has created a public database to search and track state energy legislation throughout the country. See www.aeltracker.org.

Episode 6: New Mexico HB 267 Utility Cost Tests


Published June 1st, 2013

In this episode, we discuss new legislation passed in New Mexico with Howard Geller of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project. The legislation changes the basis of the energy efficiency cost effectiveness test. The Total Resource Cost Test is the standard throughout most of the country, but evidence shows that it may not be the most accurate representation of cost and other alternative tests may be more appropriate.

Episode 5: Behavioral Reporting for Energy Efficiency


Published May 1st, 2013

In this episode we discuss behavioral energy policies and reporting for energy efficiency.

Episode 4: Shared Solar Policies


Published April 1st, 2013

In this episode we look at state policies to advance shared solar as an opportunity for those who can’t put solar on their property.

Episode 3: State of the Union Challenge


Published March 1st, 2013

In this episode we look at the 2013 State of the Union and the challenge President Obama has laid out to double energy productivity by 2030.

Episode 2: 3rd Party Solar


Published February 1st, 2013

Financing policies are innovating around solar energy. Companies like SunRun and Solar City have changed the face of solar PV financing, making investment in solar more affordable than ever. In this episode, we discuss state policies to advance third party solar with Holly Gordon.

Episode 1: Natural Gas


Published January 1st, 2013

Natural gas extraction issues are heating up around the country – in this episode, we talk about natural gas policy at the state level with Former Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter.