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Katherine Hamilton: Keynote Speaker for Jan 16, 2020 Renewable Energy ...

Katherine Hamilton, Chair, 38 North Solutions is coming to Madison to headline the RENEW Wisconsin Renewable Energy Summit on January 16, 2020. Heather talks with Katherine about trends in federal policy and global economic drivers as they relate to renewables. They discuss solar tax credits, trends in electricity storage andefforts by states to develop forward looking clean energy policies. In her keynote address at the Wisconsin Renewable Energy Summit, Katherine will offer a global perspective on clean energy before zeroing in on Wisconsin’s role, opportunity, and strategies for advancing this industry. Katherine has been listed on the#Solar100board by kWh Analytics and received aCleanie Awardas Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018. Katherine served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the Recovery Act. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. Katherine spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. Katherine is part ofThe Energy Gangpodcast through Greentech Media.

29 MIN2019 DEC 6
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Katherine Hamilton: Keynote Speaker for Jan 16, 2020 Renewable Energy ...

Energy Reporter Chris Hubbuch reviews 12 months of Wisconsin Energy Ne...

Energy reporter Chris Hubbuch of the Wisconsin State Journal joins the Wisconsin Energy Broadcast to discuss Evers new 100% clean energy goal for Wisconsin and all the major energy developments in the last twelve months. This is the two year anniversary of the Wisconsin Energy Broadcast! And we are enormously grateful to you, our listeners. As a big thank you for listening, we are covering all the highlights from the last year. Listen to this episode and get updates on the: Cardinal Hickory Creek Transmission Line The We Energies Rate Case The dropped proposal for a new solar tax from We Energies The Badger Hollow Solar Farm approval and the Two Creeks Solar Farm groundbreaking And Governor Evers’ announcement of a 100% clean energy goal. It has been a big year and Chris Hubbuch puts it all in perspective for the Wisconsin Energy Broadcast.

30 MIN2019 SEP 6
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Energy Reporter Chris Hubbuch reviews 12 months of Wisconsin Energy Ne...

Public Health Nurse Jessica LeClair talks MadiSUN Solar power, climate...

Renewable Energy and Health Jessica LeClair, Public Health Nurse and Clinical Instructor at the UW-Madison School of Nursing, joined us in the studio to talk about why she works at the nexus of health and environment, her experience going solar with Madisunsolar.com, and her passion for promoting health equity. If you want to go solar on your home, business or non-profit, the City of Madison’s MadiSUN program has rebates, resources, and information to make it easy and affordable. Listen to Jessica’s experience on this episode and check out a quick video here to see how it works. The City has additional rebates and grants to help businesses, nonprofits and affordable housing providers go solar. Health Equity Our community recognizes that access to clean energy and the impacts of fossil fuel energy generation have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable among us. Jessica relates how her work with local families dealing with the long-term effects of the 2008 floods influence...

28 MIN2019 AUG 2
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Public Health Nurse Jessica LeClair talks MadiSUN Solar power, climate...

How Solar Got Cheap: Interview with author and UW Professor Greg Nemet...

Solar prices are down 75% in the last ten years. Greg Nemet UW Madison Professor and Author of the new book, How Solar Became Cheap joins the Wisconsin Energy Broadcast to explain how we got here. He reviews the global historical trends and the crucial role the US Defense Department, Germany, Japan and China have all played in reducing the costs since the invention of solar. And he tells us how this knowledge can help increase the viability of other renewable technologies. According to Nemet Solar PV is exciting not just because of the massive solar resource available and low current prices, but because of how far solar has come. I am convinced that the payoff from understanding the reasons for solar’s success includes learning how to support other low-carbon technologies with analogous properties. While many technologies do not fit into the solar model, some including small nuclear reactors and direct air capture, have the characteristics that make them suitable for following sola...

26 MIN2019 JUL 5
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How Solar Got Cheap: Interview with author and UW Professor Greg Nemet...

Oregon School District to Build a Net Zero Elementary School

A planned Oregon Elementary School will be the first Net Zero School in Wisconsin! According to the World Building Council a Net Zero Carbon Building “is a building that is highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources.” In November of 2018 the Oregon School District voters approved a referendum to build a new elementary school to account for a growing student population. The state of the art school which is projected to cost $50 million will generate as much power as it uses! The school will also serve as a living laboratory for students to learn about energy technology and efficiency on-site.This school will employ geothermal heat, efficient lighting, solar panels and potentially even batteries! Thanks to Alex Harris of HGA, Nathan Schieve of Bray Architects, Andrew Weiland from the Oregon School District, and Kathleen, a senior Oregon high school student, for sharing this exciting story with WEB listeners! Photo: Oregon High Sch...

29 MIN2019 FEB 8
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Oregon School District to Build a Net Zero Elementary School

Rolling back the clean vehicle fuel economy standards will cost Wiscon...

Luke Tonachel, Director, Clean Vehicles and Fuels Group, Climate and Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council talks with the WEB about the federal rollback of the fuel economy standards. The fuel economy standards require gradual improvements in mpg for vehicles over time. If we kept the current standards in place the average new vehicles (from cars to pickup trucks) would have about 37 mpg in 2025. Luke Tonachel explains why the rollback of these standards are creating regulatory pandemonium for automakers. Rolling back the standards puts the jobs and growth at risk. The Trump Administration’s own proposal found that this rollback would yield 60,000 fewer jobs in the auto sector alone. These rollbacks will result in more “bad air days” and climate change is yielding more “hot air days” which exacerbate the air quality issues. Children, the elderly and people of color suffer disproportionately from air pollution, meaning these fuel economy rollbacks will worsen h...

28 MIN2019 JAN 4
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Rolling back the clean vehicle fuel economy standards will cost Wiscon...

Lauren Azar: Appointee to Governor Elect Evers’ Agriculture, Ene...

On this episode of the WEB we replay one of our favorite interviews. We talk with Lauren Azar about the grid, microgrids, threats to the grid and the future of renewable energy. Aformer DOE and WI Public Service Commission official – Ms. Azar was appointed in December 2018 to Gov. Evers’ Agriculture, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy Advisory Council.

27 MIN2018 DEC 21
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Lauren Azar: Appointee to Governor Elect Evers’ Agriculture, Ene...

Dane County clean energy investments and how to build a solar powered ...

On this episode you will hear part two of our interview with Keith Reopelle of Dane County’s Office of Energy and Climate. Keith will describe the County’s investments in clean energy including the $25 million investment to clean up methane gas generated at the County landfill and make it available for other uses including fuel for vehicles in other states. This project will include cleaning and refining gas from agricultural biodigesters to put into the existing interstate gas pipeline. The County is already using the compressed gas (methane) to power the County’s snowplows and other heavy duty vehicles. The second part of the show is an interview with our own radio show engineer Dave and his wife Nora who are converting their Sprinter van into an adventure vehicle with DIY solar power and batteries! Learn how they created a specialized van for the road trip of their dreams! Image credit to http://www.sprinter-rv.com/rv-solar-systems/

-1 s2018 NOV 2
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Dane County clean energy investments and how to build a solar powered ...

Dane County Climate Change Council (Part 1) & New Utility Pledges...

We kick off this show with news about major utility commitments announced in August to reduce CO2 emissions. We speak with Will Dean of RENEW WI about emissions reduction pledges from WEC Energy Group and Alliant Energy and what that will mean for the future of renewable energy in WI. Keith Reopelle, Director of the Dane County Office of Energy stops by the studio to talk with Nan and Heather about his work creating the first ever Dane County Climate Change Council. This conversation was so interesting we had to break it up into two episodes. In this first part Keith explains how the Climate Change Council is building a new Climate Action Plan for the community. To learn more or get involved you can reach Keith via email at reopelle.keith@countyofdane.com.

30 MIN2018 OCT 5
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Dane County Climate Change Council (Part 1) & New Utility Pledges...

Biogas: Harvesting value from a river of waste

On this special one year anniversary episode of the Wisconsin Energy Broadcast, we explore the world of biogas! A 2014 survey conducted by the State of WI Office of Energy found that there are 136 operating anerobic biodigesters in WI. There arefour main types of biodigesters in use today: 1) municipal wastewater, 2) landfill gas capture, 3) industrial wastewater and 4) agricultural digesters. On this episode we will focus on agriculturaldigesters. WIis home to 39 agricultural digesters producing power around the state today. Together they generate about 30 MW of cow power or enough electricityfor 600 homes. Guests Jessica Niekrasz and John Haeckelof Clean Fuel Partners talk about what it’s like to operate two agricultural biodigesters in south central Wisconsin. Dave Merrittexplains how biodigesters meet carbon, energy and water quality goals for Dane County. And finally Dea Larsen Converse of the Clean Lakes Alliance explains how biodigesters can protect local lakes from phosphor...

33 MIN2018 SEP 7
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Biogas: Harvesting value from a river of waste
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Latest Episodes

Katherine Hamilton: Keynote Speaker for Jan 16, 2020 Renewable Energy ...

Katherine Hamilton, Chair, 38 North Solutions is coming to Madison to headline the RENEW Wisconsin Renewable Energy Summit on January 16, 2020. Heather talks with Katherine about trends in federal policy and global economic drivers as they relate to renewables. They discuss solar tax credits, trends in electricity storage andefforts by states to develop forward looking clean energy policies. In her keynote address at the Wisconsin Renewable Energy Summit, Katherine will offer a global perspective on clean energy before zeroing in on Wisconsin’s role, opportunity, and strategies for advancing this industry. Katherine has been listed on the#Solar100board by kWh Analytics and received aCleanie Awardas Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018. Katherine served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the Recovery Act. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. Katherine spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. Katherine is part ofThe Energy Gangpodcast through Greentech Media.

29 MIN2019 DEC 6
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Katherine Hamilton: Keynote Speaker for Jan 16, 2020 Renewable Energy ...

Energy Reporter Chris Hubbuch reviews 12 months of Wisconsin Energy Ne...

Energy reporter Chris Hubbuch of the Wisconsin State Journal joins the Wisconsin Energy Broadcast to discuss Evers new 100% clean energy goal for Wisconsin and all the major energy developments in the last twelve months. This is the two year anniversary of the Wisconsin Energy Broadcast! And we are enormously grateful to you, our listeners. As a big thank you for listening, we are covering all the highlights from the last year. Listen to this episode and get updates on the: Cardinal Hickory Creek Transmission Line The We Energies Rate Case The dropped proposal for a new solar tax from We Energies The Badger Hollow Solar Farm approval and the Two Creeks Solar Farm groundbreaking And Governor Evers’ announcement of a 100% clean energy goal. It has been a big year and Chris Hubbuch puts it all in perspective for the Wisconsin Energy Broadcast.

30 MIN2019 SEP 6
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Energy Reporter Chris Hubbuch reviews 12 months of Wisconsin Energy Ne...

Public Health Nurse Jessica LeClair talks MadiSUN Solar power, climate...

Renewable Energy and Health Jessica LeClair, Public Health Nurse and Clinical Instructor at the UW-Madison School of Nursing, joined us in the studio to talk about why she works at the nexus of health and environment, her experience going solar with Madisunsolar.com, and her passion for promoting health equity. If you want to go solar on your home, business or non-profit, the City of Madison’s MadiSUN program has rebates, resources, and information to make it easy and affordable. Listen to Jessica’s experience on this episode and check out a quick video here to see how it works. The City has additional rebates and grants to help businesses, nonprofits and affordable housing providers go solar. Health Equity Our community recognizes that access to clean energy and the impacts of fossil fuel energy generation have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable among us. Jessica relates how her work with local families dealing with the long-term effects of the 2008 floods influence...

28 MIN2019 AUG 2
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Public Health Nurse Jessica LeClair talks MadiSUN Solar power, climate...

How Solar Got Cheap: Interview with author and UW Professor Greg Nemet...

Solar prices are down 75% in the last ten years. Greg Nemet UW Madison Professor and Author of the new book, How Solar Became Cheap joins the Wisconsin Energy Broadcast to explain how we got here. He reviews the global historical trends and the crucial role the US Defense Department, Germany, Japan and China have all played in reducing the costs since the invention of solar. And he tells us how this knowledge can help increase the viability of other renewable technologies. According to Nemet Solar PV is exciting not just because of the massive solar resource available and low current prices, but because of how far solar has come. I am convinced that the payoff from understanding the reasons for solar’s success includes learning how to support other low-carbon technologies with analogous properties. While many technologies do not fit into the solar model, some including small nuclear reactors and direct air capture, have the characteristics that make them suitable for following sola...

26 MIN2019 JUL 5
Comments
How Solar Got Cheap: Interview with author and UW Professor Greg Nemet...

Oregon School District to Build a Net Zero Elementary School

A planned Oregon Elementary School will be the first Net Zero School in Wisconsin! According to the World Building Council a Net Zero Carbon Building “is a building that is highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources.” In November of 2018 the Oregon School District voters approved a referendum to build a new elementary school to account for a growing student population. The state of the art school which is projected to cost $50 million will generate as much power as it uses! The school will also serve as a living laboratory for students to learn about energy technology and efficiency on-site.This school will employ geothermal heat, efficient lighting, solar panels and potentially even batteries! Thanks to Alex Harris of HGA, Nathan Schieve of Bray Architects, Andrew Weiland from the Oregon School District, and Kathleen, a senior Oregon high school student, for sharing this exciting story with WEB listeners! Photo: Oregon High Sch...

29 MIN2019 FEB 8
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Oregon School District to Build a Net Zero Elementary School

Rolling back the clean vehicle fuel economy standards will cost Wiscon...

Luke Tonachel, Director, Clean Vehicles and Fuels Group, Climate and Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council talks with the WEB about the federal rollback of the fuel economy standards. The fuel economy standards require gradual improvements in mpg for vehicles over time. If we kept the current standards in place the average new vehicles (from cars to pickup trucks) would have about 37 mpg in 2025. Luke Tonachel explains why the rollback of these standards are creating regulatory pandemonium for automakers. Rolling back the standards puts the jobs and growth at risk. The Trump Administration’s own proposal found that this rollback would yield 60,000 fewer jobs in the auto sector alone. These rollbacks will result in more “bad air days” and climate change is yielding more “hot air days” which exacerbate the air quality issues. Children, the elderly and people of color suffer disproportionately from air pollution, meaning these fuel economy rollbacks will worsen h...

28 MIN2019 JAN 4
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Rolling back the clean vehicle fuel economy standards will cost Wiscon...

Lauren Azar: Appointee to Governor Elect Evers’ Agriculture, Ene...

On this episode of the WEB we replay one of our favorite interviews. We talk with Lauren Azar about the grid, microgrids, threats to the grid and the future of renewable energy. Aformer DOE and WI Public Service Commission official – Ms. Azar was appointed in December 2018 to Gov. Evers’ Agriculture, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy Advisory Council.

27 MIN2018 DEC 21
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Lauren Azar: Appointee to Governor Elect Evers’ Agriculture, Ene...

Dane County clean energy investments and how to build a solar powered ...

On this episode you will hear part two of our interview with Keith Reopelle of Dane County’s Office of Energy and Climate. Keith will describe the County’s investments in clean energy including the $25 million investment to clean up methane gas generated at the County landfill and make it available for other uses including fuel for vehicles in other states. This project will include cleaning and refining gas from agricultural biodigesters to put into the existing interstate gas pipeline. The County is already using the compressed gas (methane) to power the County’s snowplows and other heavy duty vehicles. The second part of the show is an interview with our own radio show engineer Dave and his wife Nora who are converting their Sprinter van into an adventure vehicle with DIY solar power and batteries! Learn how they created a specialized van for the road trip of their dreams! Image credit to http://www.sprinter-rv.com/rv-solar-systems/

-1 s2018 NOV 2
Comments
Dane County clean energy investments and how to build a solar powered ...

Dane County Climate Change Council (Part 1) & New Utility Pledges...

We kick off this show with news about major utility commitments announced in August to reduce CO2 emissions. We speak with Will Dean of RENEW WI about emissions reduction pledges from WEC Energy Group and Alliant Energy and what that will mean for the future of renewable energy in WI. Keith Reopelle, Director of the Dane County Office of Energy stops by the studio to talk with Nan and Heather about his work creating the first ever Dane County Climate Change Council. This conversation was so interesting we had to break it up into two episodes. In this first part Keith explains how the Climate Change Council is building a new Climate Action Plan for the community. To learn more or get involved you can reach Keith via email at reopelle.keith@countyofdane.com.

30 MIN2018 OCT 5
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Dane County Climate Change Council (Part 1) & New Utility Pledges...

Biogas: Harvesting value from a river of waste

On this special one year anniversary episode of the Wisconsin Energy Broadcast, we explore the world of biogas! A 2014 survey conducted by the State of WI Office of Energy found that there are 136 operating anerobic biodigesters in WI. There arefour main types of biodigesters in use today: 1) municipal wastewater, 2) landfill gas capture, 3) industrial wastewater and 4) agricultural digesters. On this episode we will focus on agriculturaldigesters. WIis home to 39 agricultural digesters producing power around the state today. Together they generate about 30 MW of cow power or enough electricityfor 600 homes. Guests Jessica Niekrasz and John Haeckelof Clean Fuel Partners talk about what it’s like to operate two agricultural biodigesters in south central Wisconsin. Dave Merrittexplains how biodigesters meet carbon, energy and water quality goals for Dane County. And finally Dea Larsen Converse of the Clean Lakes Alliance explains how biodigesters can protect local lakes from phosphor...

33 MIN2018 SEP 7
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Biogas: Harvesting value from a river of waste
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