Deescalating Energy Efficiency: There is no quick fix  — Rod Janssen, Ep. 60

On this episode, we speak with Rod Janssen, the man behind the Energy in Demand weekly newsletter and website. He is also the president of Energy Efficiency in Industrial Process. But more aptly, Rod is a true expert in energy efficiency. As you’ll hear in this episode Rod’s pool of knowledge goes back to the […]

Building the Smart Grid: Algorithms of Entrepreneurship — Cristina Corchero (Ep 59)

This week we speak with Professor Cristina Corchero, who is the Serra Hunter Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. She is the founder and Chief Technology Officer at Bamboo Energy. We begin our discussion about her experience taking research and placing it within a start-up company. Christina is a great example of a reluctant […]

The 1600 TWh Challenge: Innovating our way to zero carbon — Gerard Reid, Ep. 58

This week we speak with Gerard Reid, who has put out ‘The 1,600 TWh Challenge: How Europe can survive without Russian Gas‘. Besides outlining other routes for gas to be imported into Europe, this deeper thinking on this, is a fundamental shift for energy-intensive businesses and support for households. As you’ll hear in this interview, […]

The Clean Regulatory Transition Project — Jan Rosenow (47)

This week we speak with Jan Rosenow, the Director of European Programmes at the Regulatory Assistance Project. The word, ‘project’ as Jan tells us, was meant to be a project to assistant regulators to build better utility regulation. The project operates in China, Europe, India, and the United States. From this episode, you’ll learn about […]

Fighting the Cold: Seeking a just energy system — Ana Stojilovska (Ep 41)

This week we speak with Ana Stojilovska, an energy poverty researcher, who just received her PhD from Central European University, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. And full disclosure before we get going. Michael was Ana’s PhD supervisor. Ana’s research really goes to the heart of the divisions in Europe around energy poverty. Her thesis, […]

The Ecology of Energy Technologies — Ed Vine

This week we speak with Ed Vine, who made his career at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working on assessing and improving energy efficiency policies, technologies and programs. He is an early pioneer in the area of improving how people use energy. He received his PhD from the University of California Davis. Ed provides us […]

The Vicuna of Tomorrow: The justice of fossil fuels – Michael LaBelle

Recently, different things I’ve been reading came together to force me to question what is an equitable energy transition. I cover a view from the 1970s. I bring in Ivan Illich, Kurt Vannegut and apply some recent concepts from Amartya Sen on equity. The result in an examination of the limitations of the Earth and […]

The Seeds for an Energy Research Revolution – Benjamin Sovacool

Benjamin Sovacool talks about how he didn’t want to get involved in energy, but Professor Richard hearse kidnapped him into the field, but only after Benjamin’s car was broken into and all of his research stolen. He also goes into detail about the benefits and challenges of scholarly multidisciplinary collaboration and ongoing training for researchers.