Seven years ago, David Sandalow pitched an idea that’s turned into one of the biggest international gatherings on clean energy. While an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandalow proposed to then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu an annual meeting of energy ministers from around the world to help accelerate the transition to clean energy technologies. The first Clean Energy Ministerial was held in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2010. Recently, the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial took place in San Francisco. Delegates from 23 governments and the European Union participated. Thousands of business leaders, NGO leaders and members of the public attended the public meetings and trade show at the Ministerial. Sandalow, the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, was in San Francisco and, not long after returning, joined Bill Loveless on the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast. Among their topics: What new steps did U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and other ministers take to give more momentum to clean energy? How did December’s historic climate agreement in Paris influence this meeting? Bill Gates and other investors in the Breakthrough Energy Coalition attended the ministerial and met separately. What did they do? What should we look forward to when the ministers meet next year, in Beijing?
Sir John Scarlett, Former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6, on the Geopolitics of Energy (6/13/16)
Ever since the industrial revolution, energy has been fundamental to national security, geopolitics, and positions of power in the world. Today is no exception. Russian adventurism in Ukraine; the fight against ISIS and the conflict in Syria; changing dynamics in the Middle East; the COP21 climate agreement—these and many more examples show the complexity in the nexus between geopolitics, energy and global financial markets. On this episode of Columbia Energy Exchange, host Jason Bordoff discusses the geopolitics of energy with Sir John Scarlett, Former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). Their conversation can be found here. Among the topics discussed: What is president Vladimir Putin trying to achieve with his foreign policy agenda? Does Russia use natural gas as a weapon? How might the economic reform underway in Saudi Arabia unfold? What opportunities and risks does it present to energy markets? What does the future hold for the Middle East given ISIS actions, the return of Iran to the global market, the ongoing conflict in Syria, and instability in Iraq? What security concerns has the collapse in oil prices brought about to producing and importing countries? From a security and geopolitical perspective, how will the Paris climate agreement shift key risk considerations, if at all? What are the most significant implications of a potential Brexit? And many more.
Breakthrough technologies can transform the way that energy is produced and consumed. But pursuing them is often beyond the means of the private sector for a host of reasons. Enter the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, a program at the US Department of Energy founded in 2009 that supports high-potential, high-impact technologies with funding, technical assistance and market preparedness. On this episode of Columbia Energy Exchange, host Bill Loveless sits down with Dr. Ellen Williams, Director of ARPA-E, to discuss the future of energy technology. This conversation was originally recorded on May 26, 2016.
When it comes to energy, Colorado has it all, with an abundance of oil, natural gas and coal, as well as solar and wind power. With all of those options to choose from, the Rocky Mountain state has seen its share of both controversy and compromise, and may offer a lesson for other states responding to new energy and climate challenges. On this episode of Columbia Energy Exchange, host Bill Loveless talks with Bill Ritter, a former Democratic governor of Colorado, about his new book: “Powering Forward: What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution.” Governor Ritter joined the podcast from the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which he launched in 2011. This interview was originally recorded on May 20, 2016.
The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted the 2016 Columbia Global Energy Summit on April 27. Structured as a half-day forum, the Summit included keynote remarks, interviews and plenary conversations with senior energy and climate leaders focused on key issues and questions at the intersection of energy policy, financial markets, the environment and geopolitics. On this episode of Columbia Energy Exchange, host Bill Loveless sat down with three of our Summit participants: (0:48) Bill Reilly, a former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency; (17:12) Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund; and (35:29) Ralph Izzo, CEO of the Public Service Enterprise Group, owner of the largest utility in New Jersey. These interviews originally took place on April 27, 2016.
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