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Fresh Energy is speeding Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy, which will ensure that our region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving communities today and for generations to come. Working purely in the public interest, Fresh Energy’s team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators develops and advances solutions that secure a clean energy future where all can thrive. Sign up for our monthly listserv focused on clean energy issues in Minnesota here: ...
 
There is so much to be angry about, if you are a clean energy guy. Every day, so many things that happen around the world make me angry when I look at them with lenses colored by the climate change chaos unfolding everywhere around us. And I am especially angry because I know we can solve the climate change crisis if we were only trying.Each week, I will share with you a few topics that struck me and that I was very angry about – and this will generally have to do with climate change, solar ...
 
In Season 2 of The Clean Energy Revolution podcast, Max La Manna takes a look at the role energy plays in tackling the negative effects of climate change. As countries around the world aim to reach net zero emissions, Max discovers how the world will be powered in the next 30 years as we work towards a future that doesn't contribute to global warming. Along the way we’ll meet inspiring people who are embracing new technology to make their lives, homes and businesses cleaner and greener, as w ...
 
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Are solar farms a threat to water quality or a community asset? How can we create a solar-friendly permitting process that also enhances water and ecosystem services for the host community? Thanks to the PV-SMaRT project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technology Office, we are excited to debut the first solar-specific …
 
Al Gore correctly calls the World Bank president a climate denier. California the latest state to allow human composting. Ford is moving to a direct sales model for EVs that will eliminate dealer markups. The Fully Charged Live event is coming to Canada. Reducing costs in massive solar farms goes beyond the cost of the panels themselves. We get a l…
 
Climate optimism is in short supply, so this is a podcast about ten BIG, BIG reasons to be optimistic that we are pushing back against global warming. I put this podcast together because climate anxiety is real: distress related to worries about climate impacts is widespread. We feel powerless in the face of crisis of epic proportion manifesting it…
 
What is networked geothermal, and how can it drive decarbonization? In this discussion, hosted by Fresh Energy on behalf of the Energy We Can’t Afford Coalition, Fresh Energy's Joe Dammel, John Farrell from Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and Zeyneb Magavi from HEET sit down to dive into the details on how geothermal microgrids and district syst…
 
What are building codes, and how are they critical tools in driving progress toward a healthier, more resilient, more efficient Minnesota? Fresh Energy's Eric Fowler and Briana Kerber dive into the details on what building codes are, who writes them, how they impact our lives, and how Fresh Energy is acting on multiple levels to improve building en…
 
The IEA has a number for the required solar to halt climate change and it's being built right now! Heat waves make people angry, Californians respond to text alert to save power and blackouts were averted. Link to Bloomberg article: The Solar Supply Chain needed to Halt Global Warming is Already Being Built Tesla’s production cost per vehicle is 42…
 
The U.K. Conservatives have elected a new PM, Lizz Truss, who doesn't like to look at solar panels. Battery fires get E-Bikes banned in New York City public housing. California pays poorer people not to own cars. General Motors offers to buy out Buick dealers who don't want to get with the electric future. A word for all the awefull people who fear…
 
James visits his first solar farm in Saskatchewan: a single axis bifacial 13mW site near Weyburn. A closer look at Green Hydrogen and Canada's new agreements with Germany to produce it. Brian finally finds an air-source heatpump installer in his home town. What’s faster than a Lamborghini and a Ferrari? A Kia. No joke. Anti-lock brakes are coming t…
 
This time on the Clean Energy Revolution from National Grid, Max La Manna is finding out how we can learn from science and nature to come up with solutions for a cleaner, greener future. We’ve come a long way from the days of windmills and watermills, with our oceans becoming vast sources of wind power, and development along our coastlines allowing…
 
We dig into why Japan is not making use of their abundant wind resources. Tesla will begin shipping their electric semi truck this year. We look at the details for EVs in the new Biden climate bill. Mazda sold only 8 electric vehicles in the month of July. It’s a headline and punchline all in one! An update to the US sending oil to Germany, F150 li…
 
What is the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and how did it get to where it is today? Sit down with Fresh Energy's Michael Noble, Anjali Bains, and Jo Olson to learn about the good and bad elements of the bill and its implications for equity and justice, as well as how Fresh Energy and advocates across the country are continuing to plug in to drive b…
 
The U.S. looks to pass the largest climate spending in history, providing incentives for electric vehicles, manufacturing, solar, wind and many surprising home upgrades. Massive oil fire at a storage facility in Cuba. James outlines clean energy-related stories from his vacation. Chinese cars are invading Japan. Are Chinese cars the new Japanese ca…
 
The Democratic-backed bill known as the Inflation Reduction Act would represent the largest climate investment in US history. Interview with Tom Rowlands-Rees, Head of Research, North America for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and Corey Cantor, E.V. Associate with BNEF. The July Surprise, E.V. incentives, Japanese automakers and the challenges of br…
 
EVs sales are hitting the tipping point of adoption in the United States. Verticle bi-facial solar panels facing West may offer a more steady flow of electricity throughout the day and thus require less storage expense. The Oil industry may have developed a rather large war chest to fight climate action. The U.K. is going ahead with new nuclear rea…
 
Energy and climate issues play out across our society—in books and film, institutions of higher learning, our democracy, and in the very air we breathe. Once again, this July, Thursdays were Fresh Energy summer webinar series days! Many special guests joined Fresh Energy each Thursday for four fun and engaging discussions about the many facets of e…
 
In season 2 of The Clean Energy Revolution podcast from National Grid, Max La Manna takes a look at the role energy plays in tackling the negative effects of climate change, and discovers how our world will be powered in the next 30 years. This time Max is looking at transport; asking how travel is embracing clean, green and renewable energy. We al…
 
James wonders why it's cost-effective to install bifacial single axis solar panels on utility solar farms in Canada. The builders of the Weyburn, Saskatchewan solar farm get back to us on why. GM offers live EV advice online. France orders air conditioned shops to keep their doors closed when the air conditioning is on. Major airlines have all back…
 
In Season 2 of The Clean Energy Revolution podcast, Max La Manna takes a look at the role energy plays in tackling the negative effects of climate change. As countries around the world aim to reach net zero emissions, Max discovers how the world will be powered in the next 30 years as we work towards a future that doesn't contribute to global warmi…
 
In the midst of a global climate crisis touching everyone and everything, there are new, sophisticated and dangerous forms of greenwashing making the rounds, courtesy of the oil & gas industry and their stooges. The Angry Clean Energy Guy exposes two particularly pernicious ones: oil companies "announcing" renewable energy projects to fund more oil…
 
Energy and climate issues play out across our society—in books and film, institutions of higher learning, our democracy, and in the very air we breathe. Once again this July, Thursdays are Fresh Energy summer webinar series days! Register here to join Fresh Energy and special guests for four fun and engaging discussions about the many facets of ene…
 
Our prediction has come true: Wind, Solar and Batteries will outcompete Nuclear on cost which, in turn, makes Nuclear even more expensive. The U.K heat records, Russia/Germany natural gas fight, how Canadian carbon tax rebates work (in the four provinces that did not come out with their own climate plan), who has the best climate reporting, the tru…
 
Energy and climate issues play out across our society—in books and film, institutions of higher learning, our democracy, and in the very air we breathe. Once again this July, Thursdays are Fresh Energy summer webinar series days! Register here to join Fresh Energy and special guests for four fun and engaging discussions about the many facets of ene…
 
Germany is worried that Russia may cut off their supply of natural gas. Environmentalists are worried Russia WON’T cut off the supply of natural gas. The world's largest sand battery has come online in Finland. Gas/diesel cars catch fire 10X more than E.V.s per capita. Consumer Reports survey shows 14% of U.S. car buyers would definitely buy an EV …
 
Energy and climate issues play out across our society—in books and film, institutions of higher learning, our democracy, and in the very air we breathe. Once again this July, Thursdays are Fresh Energy summer webinar series days! Register here to join Fresh Energy and special guests for four fun and engaging discussions about the many facets of ene…
 
The Supreme Court rules against the environment but does it really have the power it thinks it has to destroy the world? Cruise robotaxies rebel against humans. Hyundai/Kia may have a dieselgate scandal of their own. GM will reimburse owners of 2020-2022 Bolt EVs, although it's unclear if all owners will get the full $6,000. And the reimbursement p…
 
Many people struggle with climate anxiety - the feeling of distress, uncertainty and loss of control which is a natural reaction to the magnitude of the climate crisis and how apparently little our individual actions matter in fighting it. Climate anxiety highlights the enormous importance of the following question: what can an individual do that w…
 
Investigative journlists ask James questions about the oil refinery near him and it's got him frightened. Hawaii ditches coal for batteries, GM cars could charge like Teslas, just plug and go. Brian returns to the show after a bout of the 'Rona. Turns out he may have lingering brain fog in spite of being quad-vaxed. CATL has announced a new EV batt…
 
Brian didn't come back from Alberta without Covid so he's off this week! We go for a harrowing ride in his self-driving (FSDbeta) Model 3 and James tries not to soil himself. Eighties band A-Ha is remarably responsible for Norway's extremely high electric vehicle adoption. Here's a link to our FSD drive on YouTube if you'd like to watch what happen…
 
EV myths and misinformation culminating in 'EVs killing dogs.' Brian joins us from Banff, Canada and we talk cable news green energy commercials, summer gas prices, and the U.S. military's solar plunge. Plus James takes a ride is a Tesla with full self-driving beta software and isn't impressed. Co-op gas stations claim they're serious about EV char…
 
Our Canadian co-host tries out his self-driving Tesla and narrowly avoids and giant pit. James confronts an EV naysayer at his hardware store. The Chevy Bolt EV gets a huge price cut in the U.S. only. Plant-based meat is having a hard time in 2022 and Joe Biden injects solar with a much needed boost. Mazda has vowed to make its factories carbon neu…
 
There is something sordid taking place out there. Over the past few weeks, shareholders – that is, investors, asset management firms, banks and pension funds - blocked proposals to accelerate carbon emission reductions at oil & gas producers including BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, Shell and TotalEnergies. But, wait:…
 
Top Gear takes the electric F150 pickup truck to rural Texas! Los Angeles and The European Union ban natural gas. Plus so much more clean energy news! Musk says Tesla might forgo Bluetooth for better audio quality without compression. Silverado EV may cut charging time in half by using two charging ports. J.D. Power’s U.S. Electric Vehicle Consider…
 
Australia's huge election win for the climate, batteries that last 100 years, forcing gas stations to install EV chargers and more! Getting towed after a town has all its charging stations inoperable. Must says no driver needed in one year. That's what he said last year. Brian's roof may be leaking due to solar install. Ottawa, Canada storms cause …
 
When we hear about the electric grid, it’s common to think of our local electric utility. They’re the ones we pay for our electric service after all, and it’s our utility’s trucks that we see repairing downed electricity lines. But, as explained in our “What’s up with the grid?” blog, the grid is much bigger than any single utility. It is instead a…
 
The investments utilities make in energy infrastructure, including coal and gas plants, have significant impacts on public health, environmental justice, equity, and more. Minnesota’s leaders, policymakers, community advocates, and all who live here should have the opportunity to understand these impacts. Additionally, both utilities and regulators…
 
Bees, monarchs, and other critical pollinators are disappearing, and scientists agree that loss of habitat is a primary concern. However, research has found that the renewable energy sector provides a unique opportunity for creating new pollinator habitat. Join Monarch Joint Venture, Connexus Energy, MNL, and Fresh Energy for a webinar recorded on …
 
Motor Trend calls the electric F150 pickup truck the best version F150 and the best value vehicle there is. Monopoly utilities work to discourage solar so they can make money according to John Oliver. American's can buy solar panels at IKEA. More on charging stations not working. Will autonomous cargo ships dicourage pirates? Brian tells a radio DJ…
 
Canada's leading gasoline consumer advocate is a shill for the oil industry who doesn't give a sh^t about your grandchildren. Nuclear continues to fizzle and so does Elon Musk! More on the Dubai ultra-efficient Phillips LED bulbs now in the U.K. and coming to your country soon. James tries to find a heat pump boiler for Brian and may have a solutio…
 
While India was roasting under a record heatwave; the Amazon was recording record after record of deforestation destruction; dust storms were sending thousands to hospital in Iraq; Ethiopia was facing its worst drought in at least 40 years; and global average atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were reaching their highest level on record for …
 
The U.S. is finally banning incandescent light bulbs in favor of LEDs--the bulbs the rest of the civilized world uses! California runs on 100% renewables for the first time in history! Brian updates on his homemade shoelaces. Saskatchewan finally gets serious about solar. The boys diss SiriusXM for its crappy sound quality. We're unsure if our show…
 
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will funnel a historic $1.2 trillion into states—about $6.8 billion of which is headed to Minnesota. These funds will go toward much-needed investments in weatherization assistance, energy efficiency, power and grid, electric transportation, and more—all of which play a major role in our climate future as we seek e…
 
Electric panel updates are a crucial way to speed up home electrification, but cost can be a barrier. That’s why Fresh Energy is leading a new effort at the Minnesota Legislature this year to prepare Minnesota’s existing residential buildings for the transition to fossil-free electricity: An electric panel upgrade program for owners of single famil…
 
Debunking the myths that say we can't live without carbon. Plus, plug-in hybrids and wooden sky scrapers. James and Brian attend Drive Electric Week events and talk to a local organizer. James test drives the Chevy Bolt EV he wants to buy. Filling your tires in winter and having them blow up in summer. Electric Corvette. EV pricing confustion due t…
 
Tesla chargers might cost ¼ of the competition. Quebec has enacted a new law that will halt all new hydrocarbon production. Do rear wheel drive EVs work in snowy climates? Too little, too late, Toyota BZ4X? Tech problems? Email us now because we're trying out AAC file formats instead of MP3. cleanenergyshow@gmail.com Work continues to advance on th…
 
The Angry Clean Energy Guy on why your "luxury cruise" is just a floating garbage trash can; how the shipping industry in its entirety has gone rogue in terms of climate action, ocean pollution and public health impact; and why the International Maritime Organization needs to be either fundamentally restructured or closed: it's not fit for purpose …
 
Fresh Energy is celebrating 30 years of making history for clean energy and climate here in Minnesota and the Midwest. Join Michael Noble, J. Drake Hamilton, and Jim Ladner for a conversation about some pivotal moments in each decade of Fresh Energy’s history. Podcast Guests: Michael Noble, Executive Director of Fresh Energy J. Drake Hamilton, Seni…
 
A conversation with one of YouTube's biggest car reviewers: How are the latest electric vehicles and do any fast chargers actually work? Yuri Tereshyn co-hosts The Straight Pipes on YouTube with his friend Jakub. The two have built a very popular car review channel on the platform and are one of Brian's favorite channels out there. Yuri has tested …
 
The IPCC report says fossil fuels have to go now. DeLorean is back with an EV and France's electricity costs soared due to nuclear last weekend. Toyota threatens to pull out of England unless the U.K. stops mandating vehecles that will save the planet. Super Bowl EV ads worked! The downside to EV buses. Biden invokes the Defense Production Act to m…
 
In the final episode of the series, Helen Skelton hears from people who are working to make the clean energy future fair and representative for everyone. She chats with National Grid's Fleur Callender who shares the view from the United States and Alice Cross from the UK’s Sustainability First. Alice outlines how they’ve been working with activists…
 
Shell Oil rents out Teslas, Sen. Joe Machin is fully exposed as a fossil fuel stooge, trains can pollute more than planes, Apple Inc. is moving to carbon-free alluminum. And James explains the one detail about nuclear power in renewable world that they don't tell you about. Brian updates us on Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta - he hasn't received it ye…
 
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