Energy Impact Podcast

The Energy Impact Podcast features world-renowned experts across international energy policy and project finance along with regular news updates from leading journalists specializing in energy innovation and business.


Ep 18: Konstantin Konstantinov - CEO, Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange

May 6, 2021

1. Konstantin Konstantinov introduces IBEX and its role in Bulgaria’s free energy market
2. A comparison of the three IBEX platforms: day-ahead, intraday, and bilateral contracts
3. The future of market coupling between EU and non-European Union countries
4. A spotlight feature of the Bulgaria’s newest think tank, the Green Financial and Energy Centre


Ep 17: Kristian Hanelt - Managing Director, Ultra Capital

May 4, 2021

1. A look at Kristian Hanelt’s diverse early experiences across coal, oil and gas, and solar financing
2. Breaking down how to balance debt and equity in project finance
3. New opportunities in energy investments, including renewable natural gas (RNG) and agricultural waste
4. How to radically change the relationship between utilities & customers and its impact on distributed generation solar


Ep 16: Christina Binkley - Author, Wall Street Journal Magazine

April 29, 2021

1. Christina’s career in journalism from casinos to fashion
2. A behind the scenes look at Christina’s interview with Bill Gates on his new book, “How to Avoid A Climate Disaster”
3. Challenges new nuclear and energy technology are facing in the development process
4. Christina shares how her passion for journalism fuels her desire to continue learning about the world


Ep 15: Peter Möckel - Principal Industry Specialist, International Finance Corporation

April 27, 2021

1. What led Peter from an early career in the telecom industry to the discovery of battery storage technology
2. How International Finance Corporation’s works to reach climate positive developmental goals
3. The life cycle of financing energy technologies, including energy storage, transportation, and agriculture
4. Economical and climate benefits of carbon capture technology around the world


Ep 14: Keith Martin - Co-Head of Projects, Norton Rose Fulbright

April 22, 2021

1. How Keith Martin’s early ambition to work in Washington’s political sphere led to a career as a project finance attorney
2. Challenges in the tax equity market and the impact on renewables
3. The balancing act between federal and state energy regulations and incentives in the US
4. Upcoming opportunities for investors in the clean energy sector


Ep 13: Raymond Okrofu - Founding Team Member, SafiSana Ghana Ltd.

April 20, 2021

1. Raymond’s background studying agriculture and moving into energy 
2. The Ghanaian energy landscape and challenges with power production
3. SafiSana’s role as an innovative, independent clean power producer 
4. Raymond's current work with the German Development Cooperation’s supporting development projects in Ghana


Ep 12: Ralph Cho - Co-head of Power & Infrastructure Finance, Investec

April 15, 2021

1. Ralph’s early career as an energy investor at Credit Suisse, WestLB
2. Ralph’s move to Investec, expanding their North American power and infrastructure investments
3. Investments in renewable energy technologies and weighing risks vs rewards in emerging technologies
4. Opportunities for future investments and burgeoning markets for renewables


Ep 11: Kate Steel - Co-Founder, Nithio

April 13, 2021

1. How Kate Steel’s off-year of travel led her to a career dedicated to global energy access
2. The importance of off-grid solar in Sub Saharan Africa and the associated financial risks
3. Ways that Nithio helps investors understand credit risk to unlock working capital in the energy sector
4. Kate’s takeaways from working at Power Africa, including understanding financial flows and US government resources


Ep 10: Doug Kimmelman - Founder, Energy Capital Partners

April 8, 2021

1. How Doug Kimmelman turned an internship at Goldman Sachs into a career in energy
2. A look into which risk management strategies are key for making investment returns in the electricity market
3. Why Doug started Energy Capital Partners and how he built his team from the ground up
4. Types of business model innovation in the energy industry and how it’s affected by technology risk


Ep 9: Răzvan Nicolescu - Former Minister of Energy, Romania

April 6, 2021

1. Răzvan's time as Minister of Energy
2. Understanding the Romanian energy landscape
3. Challenges facing the Romanian energy transition
4. Răzvan's vision for the future of the European energy transition


Ep 8: Dejan Paravan - Chief Innovation Officer, GEN-I

April 1, 2021

1. How liberalization of the European energy market allowed space for GEN-I to form
2. A brief look at the European energy grid and the impacts and benefits of interconnected grids
3. How GEN-I made the case for only selling carbon-free electricity
4. Why digitalization is a vital innovation in the energy space


Ep 7: Al Puchala - CEO, CapZone Impact Investments

March 30, 2021

1. Al’s early career as an expert in public-private partnerships
2. Opportunity zones and what they offer to communities and investors
3. The potential for clean energy investments in opportunity zones
4. Future growth of opportunity zones and the intersection between the federal government and private sector


Ep. 6: Angel Cardenas Sosa - Director of Infrastructure Projects , Development Bank of Latin America

March 15, 2021

1. How Angel’s desire to help others led him to work in development
2. The history, role, and importance of development banks in project financing
3. How project financiers and policymakers work together to achieve common goals
4. Angel’s vision for the clean energy transition and the role it will play in economics and politics


Ep 5: Dan Michaels - Brussels Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal

March 12, 2021

1. Dan’s interest in technology and his early career as an aerospace journalist
2. Dan’s first introduction to small modular reactors
3. Opportunities for small modular reactor deployment in Europe
4. Nuclear innovation and projects such as the ITER fusion reactor


Ep 4: Beks Dagogo-Jack - Former Chairman, Nigerian Presidential Task Force on Power

March 11, 2021

1. Beks’ career shift from the private sector to the public sector
2. Beks’ leadership on the Presidential Task Force on Power
3. The Nigerian energy landscape and current energy challenges in Nigeria
4. Opportunities for growth and innovation in the Nigerian energy sector


Ep 3: Randy Bell - Director, Global Energy Center, The Atlantic Council

March 10, 2021

1. Randy’s career from filmmaking to energy policy
2. Recapping the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Conference
3. The United States’ role in climate change and energy under a new administration
4. Energy innovation and the role of emerging technologies in advancing energy policy


Ep 2: Brooks Klimley - Professor, Columbia University

March 9, 2021

1. How Brooks got into the project financing space
2. Finding the balance between innovation and risk as a project financier
3. The increasing focus on ESG investing and the benefits it provides for investors
4. Emerging energy projects and the future of energy project financing


Ep 1: Steven Chu - Former U.S. Secretary of Energy

March 8, 2021

1. Secretary Chu’s work at Bell Laboratories and his Nobel Prize winning research
2. Early research into climate change and new climate technologies
3. Serving as United States Secretary of Energy and his early championing of innovative energy technology
4. Secretary Chu’s vision for the future of energy and the rapid rate at which decarbonization needs to take place