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 36: David Roberts - Author, Volts

July 23, 2021

1. David Roberts initial introduction to climate journalism while working at Grist
2. David's shift to Vox working on explanatory climate journalism
3. Behind the scenes of the launch of David's newsletter, Volts
4. David's recent deep dive into the topic of clean electrification


Ep 35: John Powers - Vice President, Global Cleantech and Renewables, Schneider Electric

July 13, 2021

1. John Powers explains the mission of the Energy and Sustainability Services Division at Schneider Electric
2. Methods of bringing clean tech and renewable solutions into corporations striving to reach emissions goals
3. How different PPA models can accommodate a variety of business based on geography, load distribution, and economics
4. Ways that Schneider and Walmart partnered on Project Gigaton to create power purchase agreements through supply chain cohorts


Ep 34: Erin Burns - Executive Director, Carbon180

July 6, 2021

1. Erin Burns breaks down the shift that is needed from Net Zero goals to Negative Zero goals
2. How Carbon180 is impacting the climate policy space through a focus on carbon removal systems
3. The market possibilities for carbon tech goods, products made from CO2 pulled from the air
4. Environmental justice considerations in the development and deployment of new carbon technologies


Ep 33: Kyle Harrison - Head of Sustainability Research , BloombergNEF

June 29, 2021

1. A look at BloombergNEF's 1H 2021 Corporate Energy Outlook report
2. An introduction to energy purchasing and the clean energy transition within the context of the corporate energy market
3. A deep dive into corporate power purchase agreements
4. Challenges for large vs. small companies in purchasing energy and the solutions emerging to push forward the clean energy transition


Ep 32: Adam Rodman & Art Hyde - Segra Capital

June 24, 2021

1. Adam's journey to starting Segra Capital and bringing Art onto the team
2. Segra's niche area of focus and the challenges associated with being early investors in a space
3. Segra's role as strategic investors looking for advantageous investment opportunities within the fuel cycle
4. Risk vs. reward when considering future advanced reactor opportunities


Ep 31: Benjamin Mugisha - Chief Underwriting Officer, African Trade Insurance Agency

June 22, 2021

1. Benjamin's early career with the East African Development Bank and his experience working at a DFA
2. The founding of the ATI and their work supporting energy development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa
3. How ATI approaches projects and assesses insurance opportunities to help projects get financed
4. Opportunities for public-private partnerships in energy projects


Ep 30: Francisco López - Undersecretary of Energy, Chile

June 17, 2021

1. A recap of the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial and 6th Mission Innovation Conference
2. Chile’s pathway towards phasing out coal and becoming carbon neutral by 2050
3. How Chile’s unique geographic landscape lends itself to specific clean energy projects
4. Chile’s focus on becoming a producer of low cost, clean hydrogen


Ep 29: Rachel Kyte - Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

June 15, 2021

1. Rachel Kyte explains the role of the International Finance Corporation in connecting public and private sector funding
2. How to capture and implement environmental and social impact best practices
3. The formation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and why energy is crucial to the success of each goal
4. SEforAll’s part in expanding access to healthcare, education, and clean cooking fuels


Ep 28: Sanusi Ohiare - Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund

June 10, 2021

1. Looking back at Sanusi Ohiare’s early dreams of impacting his home country through energy economics
2. The origin of Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency and the role it played in revolutionizing the power sector
3. Regional and topographical challenges of expanding access to electricity in a Sub Saharan country
4. How to serve the urban under electrified areas of Nigeria in addition to rural development


Ep 27: Aaron Ratner - President, Cross River Infrastructure Partners

June 8, 2021

1. A look back at Aaron Ratner’s early global entrepreneurship endeavors
2. Aaron’s transition to the impact investment space & the world of sustainable development
3. How Cross River brings together technology companies, developing teams, and capital partners
4. Ways to effectively support new commercialization of technologies, such as anaerobic digestion


Ep 26: Jigar Shah - Director, Loans Program Office, Department of Energy

June 3, 2021

1. How growing up in a small Illinois town and early exposure to energy inspired Jigar Shah to pursue innovation in the energy industry
2. Why Generate Capital aimed to help develop new energy technology by providing real, non-recourse investments
3. A breakdown of the application process for the DOE Loans Program Office & the engineering resources it connects you with
4. Ten ways the Loans Program Office can help your community finance a reduction in emissions


Ep 25: Keith Bowen - Economist, Eskom

June 2, 2021

1. Keith Bowen explains how Eskom’s role in South Africa’s electricity market has evolved over time
2. The benefits that a wheeling framework brings to electricity generators and consumers
3. Impacts of population density, geography, and composition of the grid on wheeling
4. The future of independent power producers in South Africa with the rise of renewables