Grid Geeks Podcast S5 E5

Power Plays: How Policy Moves in California and Washington DC are Changing Energy Markets 

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In this episode of Grid Geeks, we take a closer look at two big policy maneuvers poised to catalyze some potentially major changes in the US energy markets: California’s passage of SB 100, which establishes a 100% carbon-free electricity goal by 2045 and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Affordable Clean Energy Proposal, which is the Trump Administration’s replacement for the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to regulate coal power plant emissions. What do these two concurrent efforts mean for clean energy markets? And what should we expect going forward? I speak with Laura Wisland, Senior Manager of Western States Energy for the Union of Concerned Scientists and Gavin Bade, Senior Reporter for Utility Dive to get more intel on these two power plays and gain insight on what they mean for clean energy, coal and the future of US energy markets. 

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Guest Bios:

Laura Wisland, Senior Manager, Western States Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists Laura is a Senior Manager for Western States Energy in UCS’s Climate and Energy program, where she works on state and regional policies related to clean electricity, air quality, and global warming. As part of her work on decarbonizing the electricity grid, Laura provides research and policy analysis to legislative and regulatory agencies that develop and implement clean electricity policies and renewable integration solutions for West Coast states. Prior to coming to UCS, Laura was the Director of the California Hydropower Reform Coalition where she helped design several state and federal policies to reduce the environmental impacts of California’s existing network of hydropower dams. Laura has a masters degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and was a Morehead-Cain scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in public policy.  

Gavin Bade, Senior Reporter, Utility Dive Before joining Industry Dive, Gavin was the editor-in-chief of Georgetown’s alt-weekly newspaper, The Georgetown Voice, and worked for a number of media publishers, including The American Prospect, NPR, the New America Foundation, and WGVU. He has a BS in Culture and Politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.