Here's a half-dozen energy-themed podcasts for that could make a long drive (or whatever you do over the break) a little more interesting...
Inside view: The latest episode of CleanCapital's Experts Only podcast is an interview with Green Strategies president Roger Ballentine, who was a top climate official in the Bill Clinton White House. He chats about the intersection between tech, finance and policy.
Blockchain decoded: This episode of the Energy Transition Show looks at how the digital transaction technology can help bring about an increasingly connected ecosystem of energy-using machines and locations — and why it matters in a world of increasing renewables penetration.
Here's a snippet of the comments from energy expert Molly Webb on the potential for a wide range of energy transactions to occur and be verified outside of traditional centralized systems...
- "We imagine a world in which electric vehicles, the assets in commercial and industrial sites, or in buildings or in homes are all sort of able to shape their load in response to intermittent renewables, and I think that requires the kind of evolution that blockchain allows."
Investing : A recent episode of the Exchanges at Goldman Sachs podcast unpacks the world of "impact" investing, how it has evolved and how it overlaps with energy and climate change.
Shale supply and speed: This recent edition of Platts Capitol Crude chats with former EIA chief Richard Newell about his research into how the shale oil's rise has enabled U.S. production to respond more quickly to price changes — production changes on the order of hundreds of thousands of barrels per day can happen in one year that once would have taken several to occur.
- But those changes don't mean the U.S. is can become a "swing producer" that can quickly bring a million barrels or more per day into the global market.
- "Simply due to the time it takes to go from drilling a well to first production from a well, which...is about four months on average, that's simply too long to be considered a swing producer, it's too long to respond to the kind of short-term disruptions that one usually looks to swing production to compensate for," Newell notes.
EPA: The Climate Lede from E&E News chatted briefly with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.
Renewables, part 1: The Columbia Energy Exchange chats with solar expert Varun Sivaram about the potential for new trade penalties on solar panel imports.
Renewables, part 2: This episode of Greentech Media's Interchange podcast looks at what big increases in wind and solar deployment mean for wholesale power markets.