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Hear from energy pioneers from across the globe who are accelerating the shift to clean energy by making their own electric power for their homes, offices, and communities. Join TED speaker and Solar Inventions CEO Bill Nussey and co-host Sam Easterby as they talk to the individuals who are disrupting the century-old grid monopoly and making clean, local energy a reality. Visit FreeingEnergy.com for more.
 
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In this first of a special two part interview, John Farrell, Director of Energy Democracy with the Institute of Local Self Reliance, describes the challenges and barriers we face in shifting to clean local energy and the programs his leading think tank believes will move us toward a more equitable energy future.…
 
Renowned journalist, editor and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow, Steve LeVine joins host Bill Nussey and shares how the dramatic recent innovations in battery technology will change your world in just five years and completely redefine entire industries.By BILL NUSSEY - CLEAN ENERGY CEO & TED SPEAKER
 
Innovators and entrepreneurs, listen up. Join in as Abby Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association takes us on an insider's tour of the policies the solar industry is advocating with the new administration, how those policies are shaped, and what a diverse solar industry needs to do to continue growing.…
 
Utilities and Consumers in California are in a pitched battle over the value of residential solar generated electricity fed back to the grid. It’s important because the money consumers are paid for their excess solar directly affects how quickly their panels pay for themselves. If the state’s utilities have their way in the upcoming “Net Metering 3…
 
Simplifying the permitting and inspections of residential PV system installation may be the perfect local opportunity for making a big change in the solar industry, but is the young industry up for the challenge? Solar industry leaders, Yann Brandt, CEO of SolarWakeup, and Mike Casey, President and founder of Tigercomm, share why one piece of the g…
 
Strap on your walking shoes and listen in as Michael Chanin, founder and CEO of Cherry Street Energy, takes us on a walking tour of the beautiful Emory University Campus in Atlanta GA where one of the largest and coolest deployments of on-site solar power at a higher education institution in the Southeast is being developed. From seven stories up o…
 
Solar panels by themselves are just 10% of the cost of a residential solar system, yet US buyers are paying significantly more than homeowners in other parts of the world. Why is this? The answer is “soft costs” -- the design, permitting, and sales costs associated with system installation in the US. And, if this leading architect of the modern cle…
 
For the last few decades, rooftop solar was like Ford’s old Model T.....you could have any kind of system you wanted as long as it had black rectangles bolted to a frame on your roof. But, what if your roof could generate the electricity directly, without any panels at all? Host BIll Nussey talks with Martin DeBono, President of GAF Energy, about h…
 
Many of us think of the US government’s role in solar innovation in terms of laboratories, deep science, and long term projects. But, that is only part of the story. Listen in as Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office in the US Department of Energy, shares how her office’s programs are bringing innovation to mark…
 
Hurricanes, wildfires, and even forced outages are highlighting the shortcomings of our century-old grid. At the same time, a growing majority of people are looking to accelerate the shift towards cleaner energy sources like solar and batteries. Microgrids sit at the center of these two huge trends and they are becoming increasingly available and a…
 
Rooftop solar growth is staggering. Why are so many going solar? Bill Nussey catches up with Vikram Aggarwal, Founder and CEO of EnergySage, the most popular web-based, solar marketplace and #1 source on solar information in the US for solar buyers. Vikram shares the personal story behind founding Energy Sage and the unique insights gained into the…
 
If you are even remotely interested in helping accelerate the shift to clean local renewable energy, this podcast is for you. Why? Getting the right message out there today is tricky...but our guest today has been helping clean tech companies and renewable energy groups for some 30 years and he has some powerful ideas on how to be more effective. M…
 
Heating and cooling the spaces we live in amounts to just over 50% of the energy consumed in the average home in the United States, according to the US Energy Information Agency. Add in water heaters and the percentage climbs to just over 60%. That’s a lot of energy and today that energy is supplied predominantly by electricity and natural gas. But…
 
Once the leader in the technology and manufacturing of solar products, the US lost that lead to China. But, if one company’s vision is realized, the US can again lead in this critical industry. FEP catches up with Charlie Gay, solar industry legend and CEO of startup Violet Power. With a game changing approach that almost cuts the cost of generatin…
 
For homeowners, communities, or commercial users it’ s not easy jumping all the compliance hurdles when building out a solar installation: But, how many of those hurdles are just adding cost and time and how many are really needed? Solar leader James Marlow gives us a peek inside the challenging rules and regulations piece of the local energy puzzl…
 
If you think just knowing sunrise and sunset is enough to manage a 21st Century Solar Power generation system, think again. Having accurate weather data can make the difference between being profitable or not. Join us as Nick Engerer, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of global weather data service, Solcast, shares the role of weather data in…
 
Listen in as John Powers, the CEO of California-based Extensible Energy, shares how software is helping commercial solar customers boost their ROI and reduce the most expensive parts of electricity bills, all at the same time. Learn how this innovative software approach is leapfrogging slow moving utilities by adding intelligence on the edge.…
 
There is a revolution in clean local energy coming fast and it’s a good bet that you’ll never even see it. Building Integrated Photovoltaics, or BIPV, ditches the notion of black rectangular panels and instead transforms your house or building into a solar power generator. Listen in as Laura Sartore, the CEO of Italian module equipment firm, Ecopro…
 
Join us for a fascinating dive into how data is unleashing new business models, spurring innovation and reducing risk with special guest, Joshua Rhodes from the University of Texas in Austin. This rock climbing, mountain biking academic with some serious chops in advanced mathematics, engineering, economics and architecture shares insights on how r…
 
The foundation that helped shape modern philanthropy and improve health care institutions around the world in the 20th Century is increasingly focused on energy poverty in the 21st Century. In this eloquent overview, Ashvin Dayal, the man who heads the Rockefeller Foundation’s Power Initiative, shares his insights on the origins of the foundation’s…
 
In this exclusive interview, global supply chain expert Andy Klump shares his unique insights on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting Chinese manufacturing, the impact it’s having on renewable energy projects around the world, and the steps needed to get the global system back on an even keel. Klump’s international firm, Clean Energy Associates, …
 
Renowned energy author, academic, and entrepreneur Peter Fox-Penner shares insights from his new book, Power After Carbon. To decarbonize the energy sector is the largest investment opportunity of all time but, as Fox-Penner notes, the moral and social imperatives are just as large. Join host Bill Nussey as they into the changes that must occur to …
 
Listen along with hosts Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby as six renewable energy experts share practical tips on what you can do to help get to a clean energy future faster. Plus, in this episode we hear what inspired one retired Nike executive to help take on a giant utility and how he is helping to shape a clean energy future for Taos, New Mexico.…
 
Hosts Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby explore the role innovation plays in the world of energy and electricity today, what holds it back and where innovation is truly making a difference. Choice is expanding the marketplace beyond utilities and including new entrepreneurs, new technologies, and new investors for the first time in a century.…
 
Join Host Bill Nussey and Dr. Greg Nemet, Educator and author of How Solar Energy Became Cheap: A model for low-carbon innovation (https://www.howsolargotcheap.com). Dr. Nemet has created the single best resource on the historical drivers behind the price decline in solar energy and the impacts this will have on our energy future. Listen as he shar…
 
Join Hosts Sam Easterby and Bill Nussey as they dispel these and other myths around solar energy. From land and raw material requirements to social equity, listen as the team unravels narratives fueling confusion and misinformation about solar power.By BILL NUSSEY - CLEAN ENERGY CEO & TED SPEAKER
 
Hosts Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby are joined by some top experts in the world of renewable energy to review the biggest stories that impacted the local energy landscape in 2019 and the stories that will shape the local energy movement in 2020. Listen in as these experts share their views on policies, technology and global dynamics that are shaping…
 
Host Bill Nussey catches up with John Berger, CEO of Sunnova Energy (NOVA), a leader in the residential Solar + Battery service provider market in the United States. John shares insights about how dramatic changes in distributed local energy are rapidly re- shaping energy markets and why the shift is so important. Listen too as John shares how the …
 
In part three of this special three part series, Host Bill Nussey travels to the mountains of central Puerto Rico and talks with Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI), Ana Sophia Mifsud. Ana Sophia shares her journey in the world of renewable energy and how by being on site she and the RMI team are helping shape the future of Puerto Rico with microgrids…
 
In this second of a special three part series, Host Bill Nussey travels to Puerto Rico and talks with Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI), Roy Torbert. Listen as Roy tells us how the RMI team fostered powerful partnerships to craft long-term, resilient, community based electricity solutions using solar microgrids for schools in remote parts of the isl…
 
In this first of a special three part series, Host Bill Nussey travels to Puerto Rico to visit with community leaders, teachers, and a team of energy specialists who banded together to bring more reslileint power to schools in the island’s remote mountain towns using an innovative local energy solution, solar microgrids, making electricity more res…
 
In this episode, Freeing Energy Podcast Host Sam Easterby talks with Jereme Kent, founder and CEO of Ohio based One Energy. Jereme shares his journey from the biggest utility scale wind projects in the United States to the complex world of behind the meter wind energy focused on industrial users and how new distributed energy models allow those use…
 
In this episode, host Bill Nussey talks with Peter Heintzelman, CEO of Cobb EMC, one of the largest electric membership cooperatives (EMC) in the United States. Peter helps us understand the historical importance of EMCs, how the membership driven model gives them more flexibility than larger shareholder owned utilities, and the early steps some pi…
 
Host Bill Nussey talks with Emily Morris, the founder and CEO of Emrgy, about a radical new approach to hydropower that skips building expensive infrastructure like dams, provides a continuous source of clean local electricity and opens up new revenue streams for customers. It’s called distributed hydro and it’s here now.…
 
Host Bill Nussey talks with Alan Russo, Chief Revenue Officer for California based STEM. Alan’s company is using AI to transform how energy is stored and consumed and even allows organizations to provide revenue-generating services back to the bigger grid.By BILL NUSSEY - CLEAN ENERGY CEO & TED SPEAKER
 
Hosts Bill Nussey and Sam Easterby team up to interview Mike Dudgeon, Policy director for Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor. Mike offers an insider’s view on how key renewable energy legislation moved from concept to law in his state and tips on how others can follow suit.By BILL NUSSEY - CLEAN ENERGY CEO & TED SPEAKER
 
Freeing Energy Podcast Host Sam Easterby talks with Anya Schoolman, the founder and Executive Director of Solar United Neighbors. Listen and learn about SUN programs centered on energy rights, how those rights can be leveraged to save money, support clean energy, and fundamentally change our energy system at the community level.…
 
Folsom Lab founders Paul Gibbs and Paul Grana talk with Host Bill Nussey about how their easy to use software tools help solar power system installers keep pace with demand and create projects that are profitable, safe, and competitive.By BILL NUSSEY - CLEAN ENERGY CEO & TED SPEAKER
 
Host Bill Nussey talks with Marc Perez of Clean Power Research about their groundbreaking research for the State of Minnesota. That study reveals how optimizing solar capacity and battery storage can help solve seasonal energy demand, save on energy storage costs and still be cost competitive with fossil fuel based generation sources.…
 
In this podcast, Host Bill Nussey talks with Quest Renewables’ CEO Finn Findley and Senior Vice President of Sales, Will Arnold, about the enormous potential of solar canopies for land that is already paved and how the innovative designs and construction techniques from Quest Renewables are changing how we think about parking lots.…
 
In this podcast, Host Bill Nussey talks with Steve Kalland and Autumn Proudlove, from the preeminent North Carolina State University Clean Energy Technology Center, about how and why they track legislation in all 50 States affecting energy, what is on the legislative agenda, and what it means for the transition to clean energy.…
 
The electrical grid of the future will seem like a bustling bazaar with millions of clean energy generation sources, all interconnected in a complex web. How can we possibly coordinate all these disparate resources, while ensuring our electricity remains safe, reliable, and affordable? The answer, in part, is an under-appreciated technology called …
 
In this episode of the Freeing Energy Podcast, Host Bill Nussey talks with a founder and CEO of Volta Energy Technologies, Jeff Chamberlain. Listen and learn how this renowned scientist is using a secret sauce to turn early stage disruptive technologies into commercial successes for energy storage and the new world of clean energy.…
 
This episode is a graduate-level course on tracking renewable energy from generation to the end user, and the complexities of how policies, processes and markets all interact. My guest is Ben Gerber, the Executive Director of M-RETS, the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System based in Minneapolis. And this episode is a first for this podcast as I…
 
The clean energy industry is global, very intricate, and increasingly dependent on China. But, one American and his Shanghai-based firm Clean Energy Associates is helping firms around the world navigate this modern day "silk road". Listen as guest Andy Klump gives us a recap of his two-decade journey through the evolution of this industry: the role…
 
The Times they are a changin. Remember that Dylan song? Well, we are at the beginning of a massive change in one of the biggest industries on earth: the business of electricity. Freeing Energy Project founder Bill Nussey takes us through this change, what lessons history teaches us, the opportunities ahead and how this change will affect us all.…
 
The grid, passive grids, microgrids, islanding, renewable resources, and reliability…. how we get and manage our electricity is complex. In this podcast, Susan Kennedy, the founder and CEO of energy-tech company AMS, takes us on a tour of this complex world and explains how the future of energy will be distributed, digitized, and much smarter than …
 
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