'Off the Charts' Podcasts
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As we move towards a smarter electric grid that incorporates more renewable energy sources, the importance of an intelligent transmission network is becoming increasingly apparent. Why isn’t it happening faster? What role do storage and microgrids play? ‘Off the Charts’ host Jeff McMahon talks with Ed Krapels, CEO of the transmission and microgrid company Anbaric.
America’s hydraulic fracturing boom created a need for more ways to transport oil and natural gas around the country. But as the need for more energy infrastructure has increased, so has local opposition. While most are familiar with the battles surrounding the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, there is opposition to new projects in many states. This winter, New England received natural gas from a Russian tanker as interests in the region continue to oppose a pipeline to bring abundant natural gas from Pennsylvania up north. What is driving opposition to pipelines? How has the business of transporting fuel changed as the U.S. oil and gas industry shifted from a handful of hubs to shale plays dotting the country? And, what factors could cause shippers to change their calculus as they decide whether to transport by pipeline or rail? ‘Off the Charts’ host Jeff McMahon talks with Allen Fore from the pipeline company Kinder Morgan, along with EPIC’s Ryan Kellogg and Thomas Covert.
The U.S. is producing more oil than ever before and starting to export it abroad, all thanks to the shale oil boom. This boost in production has led to greater economic payoffs for the U.S. than energy independence ever would, Harris Public Policy's Ryan Kellogg wrote recently in Forbes. Kellogg sat down with 'Off the Charts' host Jeff McMahon to dig deeper into the dynamics at work and what it all means for the United States and the global oil market.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has played an important role in the Trump administration, rejecting a proposal from the Department of Energy to subsidize coal and nuclear plants and largely staying true to its independent roots. Recently, EPIC’s Steve Cicala, an assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy, got the chance to sit down with one of the agency’s past chairmen, Jon Wellinghoff. They talked about the NOPR decision, what makes FERC’s culture unique, and the changing dynamics underway for electric utilities as distributed generation becomes a more important part of the U.S. energy mix.
On the heels of the Trump administration’s call for massive infrastructure spending, EPIC hosted three experienced leaders in government and industry to talk about the future of energy infrastructure. Former FERC chairman Jon Wellinghoff, CEO of the transmission developer Anbaric Ed Krapels, and a VP from pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Allen Fore discussed the opportunities and challenges facing development of U.S. energy infrastructure, and how policymakers and markets can overcome barriers to development. The panel was moderated by Steve Cicala, assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy.
One year in, President Trump’s climate policy agenda has largely focused on rolling back any progress started by his predecessor—from suspending a rule to limit methane leaks from oil and gas operations on federal land to beginning the process of repealing the Obama Administration’s signature climate change regulation, the Clean Power Plan, and withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. Central to the President's success in rolling back these efforts is a figure called the social cost of carbon. Host Jeff McMahon talks with UChicago Law's Mark Templeton and Roberto Borgert about the legal challenges surrounding the social cost of carbon that may undermine President Trump's efforts.