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40 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
The Texas 2021 Power Crisis
This week on Energy 360, Dr. Joshua Rhodes, an energy expert at the University of Texas at Austin, joins Morgan Higman (CSIS Energy) to look back at the February 2021 electric power crisis in Texas. Last year, a major winter storm caused devastating power outages across Texas. Joshua and Morgan look at some of the underlying reasons that Texas was not able to manage the electric grid during that storm, what preventative and resilience measures or changes to the grid have been put into place since the storm, and whether these would be enough to prevent something similar from happening again.
51 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Evaluating U.S. Emissions Targets
This week, John Larsen (Rhodium Group) joins Joseph Majkut (CSIS) to look at how the United States could create a policy action plan to meet the Biden administration’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52 percent by 2030. John and his colleagues provided an in-depth look at the federal and state level steps needed to meet this target in their report, Pathways to Paris: A Policy Assessment of the 2030 US Climate Target. https://rhg.com/research/us-climate-policy-2030
35 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
Looking Back at 2021
This week, Sarah Ladislaw (RMI) and Liam Denning (Bloomberg) join Nikos Tsafos (CSIS) to look back at what happened in energy and climate over the last year. 2021 saw the world’s climate leaders focused on the November U.N. Climate meetings in Glasgow and the Biden Administration come in with a sweeping new agenda. Where was real progress made or lost? How could it impact energy and climate policy developments as we move into 2022? (Recorded on December 14, 2021).
36 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
Outlook for U.S. Shale
This week, Artem Abramov (Rystad Energy) and Casey Merriman (Energy Intelligence) join Ben Cahill (CSIS) for a discussion about what’s next for U.S. shale production. They look at recent production trends and investor pressure in U.S. oil and gas sector and what that might indicate for the coming year. They also consider possible impacts from recent policy actions coming from the Biden administration, especially those concerning drilling on public lands.
34 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
Energy Agenda for U.S. States
This week, David Terry, Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) joins Morgan Higman (Clean Resilient States Project, CSIS) to look at how states are working together and with the federal government to craft workable and innovative solutions to implement energy policies. They cover the recent fall NASEO meeting and issues important to the agenda, including transportation, grid resiliency, energy efficiency, equity, and workforce development. They also discuss how states engaged with the international agendas at the recent COP meeting in Glasgow. For more, please read The Role of U.S. States in Addressing Climate Action.
43 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Just Transitions: Economic Diversification for Coal Dependent regions
This week, Gaylor Montmasson-Clair with Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and Srestha Banerjee with iForest join Sandeep Pai (CSIS) to explore the opportunities and challenges for coal dependent regions in India and South Africa to create just and sustainable pathways to diversify their economies.For more, read Understanding Just Transitions in Coal Dependent Communities: Case Studies from Mpumalanga, South Africa, and Jharkhand, India
45 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Just Transitions: Focusing on South Africa and India
This week, Chandra Bhushan with iFOREST and Jesse Burton with the University of Cape Town join Sandeep Pai (CSIS) to look at how key themes of just transitions are important in the context of CoP26 meetings. They then discuss the key priorities on the ground for a just transition away from coal in the major economies of South Africa and India. For more, read Understanding Just Transitions in Coal Dependent Communities: Case Studies from Mpumalanga, South Africa, and Jharkhand, India
45 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Moving global ambition into COP26 with Jonathan Pershing
This week, Jonathan Pershing, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate at the U.S. Department of State, joins Joseph Majkut (CSIS) to look at what to expect from the upcoming COP26 meetings in Glasgow. Dr. Pershing discusses what is at stake for these international negotiations, which countries are stepping up their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and which are lagging on their national commitments. They also discuss what the Biden Administration brings to this year’s meetings, whether Congress will have climate legislation in place before the meetings begin, and how the U.S. has been coordinating with other countries to raise ambitions, and hopefully ensure a successful agreement coming out of COP26.
36 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Assessing Climate Change Risks after Covid-19
This week, Alice Hill, climate risk and resilient expert with the Council on Foreign Relations, joins CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program Director Joseph Majkut and discusses her recent book, The Fight for Climate After COVID-19. The two explore lessons from the response to covid-19 to inform building resilience in the face of climate risks, how states can better prepare for climate impacts, and if adaptation might have a role at COP26.
39 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Making Sense of the IPCC Report
This week, CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program Director Joseph Majkut talks with Dr. Robert Kopp, a climate scientist, and professor at Rutgers University, about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report. The contribution of Working Group 1, which reports the physical science of climate change, was released this past August. Dr. Kopp was the lead author of that report's chapter on sea-level rise. They dive into some of the climate science and modeling that supports the IPCC report and discuss the challenge of communicating the findings of a report of this size and scale.
27 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Making Sense of China's "No New Coal" Announcement
This week, Dr. Cecilia Han Springer with the Global China Initiative at Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center joins Nikos Tsafos and Jane Nakano (CSIS Energy) to talk about announcements from China at last week’s U.S. General Assembly meetings. Chinese President Xi Jinping said that the country would stop supporting (or building) new coal-fired power projects overseas and would move towards clean energy projects. Dr. Springer walks us through what this important announcement does and doesn’t include, what it says about China’s broader climate ambitions, implications for the Belt and Road Initiative, and how China will need to continue domestic efforts to reduce coal plants and lower emissions. for more on China's overseas coal finance, please check this: https://www.csis.org/analysis/chinas-commitment-stop-overseas-financing-new-coal-plants-perspective.
38 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Deciphering the Clean Electricity Performance Program
In today’s special release, Joseph Majkut and Nikos Tsafos (CSIS) talk with Jesse Jenkins (Princeton University) about the new draft legislation in the Congress designed to lower U.S carbon emissions from the electric power sector over the next ten years.
26 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Update on Natural Gas
This week, Ira Joseph (S&P Global Platts) joins Nikos Tsafos (CSIS) to discuss natural gas markets. They dive into what’s behind recent gas price upheavals, then turn to European supply concerns, LNG exports, and U.S. production levels. They also look at the longer-term future of global gas as it competes not only with coal, especially in parts of Asia, but increasingly with renewables.
41 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
6 Months In: Climate Policy in the Biden Administration
This week, Kevin Book (Clear View Energy Partners) and Sarah Ladislaw (RMI) join Nikos Tsafos (CSIS) for a look at climate and energy policies under the new Biden administration.The Administration came in with some ambitious climate and energy policies. Kevin, Sarah, and Nikos assess how much progress the Administration has made so far in moving those policies forward, both at home and internationally. They look at its broad emissions reduction plans, the development of climate-leaning industrial policy, and how the Administration is incorporating environmental justice into their policies. For more, read how Biden plans to decarbonize transportation.
32 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Future for India’s Coal Sector with Partha Bhattacharyya
This week, Partha Bhattacharyya (former chairman, Coal India Limited) joins Sandeep Pai (CSIS/JTI) to discuss how Coal India Limited is preparing for a clean energy future. Mr. Bhattacharyya was chairman of Coal India from 2006-2011. Coal India Limited (CIL) is the largest coal producer in the world and how it manages the energy transition has major implications for the coal industry in India. They look at the strategies Coal India can use to diversify its portfolio, challenges to Coal India and the coal sector in navigating this energy transition, and how companies can ensure a just transition for the workers and communities most at risk.
34 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
The Future of U.S. Pipelines
This week Christi Tezak (Clear View Energy Partners) joins Ben Cahill (CSIS) to discuss oil pipelines in the United States. Christi and Ben look at how the Biden Administration is approaching pipeline issues, new actions from state-level governments, recent court rulings, and how these decisions may impact future pipeline projects.
34 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Just Transitions: A Just Green Recovery from Covid-19
This week, Ben Cahill (CSIS) is joined by Brian O’Callaghan and Jesse Burton to discuss how Covid-19 recovery can be more just, equitable and green. Brian is Lead Researcher and Project Manager of the Oxford University Economic Recovery Project, and Jesse is with the University of Cape Town and a Senior Associate with E3G, where she provides analysis and policy advice on coal transitions in South Africa and globally. Together, they look at how governments can ensure that their economic spending packages can accelerate a green recovery while also being inclusive and fair for all communities. For more, read: A Just Green Recovery from Covid-19 / https://justtransitioninitiative.org/a-just-green-recovery-from-covid-19/
38 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Crafting Practical Energy and Climate Policies
This week, Michael Greenstone (University of Chicago) joins Nikos Tsafos (CSIS) to discuss the recently published roadmap for energy and climate policy published by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). This roadmap brings to the U.S. climate debate a host of practical recommendations to lead the transition to a decarbonized economy. Nikos and Michael look at key issues including carbon pricing, transportation, and efficiency while also looking at how to apply lessons learned from previous strategies.Read the Report: U.S. Energy and Climate Roadmap: Evidence-based Policies for Effective Action (https://epic.uchicago.edu/us-energy-and-climate-roadmap/)
45 minutes | May 24, 2021
India’s Progress on Energy Storage
This week, Neelima Jain (CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies) is joined by Saurabh Kumar (Energy Efficiency Services Limited or EESL) and Rahul Walawalkar (India Energy Storage Alliance) to discuss the role that energy storage can play in helping India meet its clean energy goals. Together, they examine the policy, regulatory, and economic opportunities and challenges facing both energy storage and Indian electricity sector.
39 minutes | May 10, 2021
U.S. Energy Workers in Transition
This week, Ben Cahill (CSIS) is joined by Daniel Raimi and Wes Look (Resources for the Future) to discuss the latest report in their series focused on ensuring fairness for workers and communities in transition. They talk about the opportunities and challenges facing fossil fuel communities in the United States as well as policy strategies that should be adopted to help workers transition into the clean energy economy.For more read, https://www.rff.org/publications/reports/enabling-fairness-for-energy-workers-and-communities-in-transition/
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