Beyond The Meter: The Renewable Energy Podcast

Welcome to Beyond the Meter, hosted by John Failla (Founder of Smart Energy Decisions). This podcast is designed to elevate the conversation on critical issues impacting the adoption of renewable energy sourcing by large electric power users including commercial, industrial, higher education, and municipal organizations.

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Beyond the Meter is made possible by support from Duke Energy Renewables.

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Trailer: Season Preview

Date: 09/09/2019
Guest: Craig Noxon (vice president of enterprise sales at REC Solar)

Renewable energy is a big topic these days – and it will undoubtedly become a bigger topic as we move further into the 21st century. It’s not just that we want to develop more efficient and environmentally friendly energy solutions, it’s that we must. Our future and the future of our planet depend on it.

  

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Episode 1: Renewable Energy Procurement Trends

Date: 09/09/2019
Guests: Kyle Harrison (senior associate, corporate sustainability at Bloomberg NEF) & Chris Fallon (vice president at Duke Energy Renewables)

When considering both the future of the planet and the future of both industry and human thriving worldwide, the renewable energy outlook is of paramount importance. Renewable energy is of vital concern simply because cultures worldwide consume energy as part of everyday life.

  

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Episode 2: Trends in EV Charging and Electrification

Date: 09/09/2019
Guests: Rob Threlkeld (global manager – sustainable energy, supply & reliability at General Motors) & Craig Noxon (vice president of enterprise sales at REC Solar)

Naturally, as any consumer technology becomes available to the public, the supporting infrastructure has to be developed right alongside. That’s the only way it can become widely accepted. But it’s not as easy as “just doing it.” There are many obstacles, financial hurdles, and unforeseen difficulties that have to be overcome. This conversation dives into what’s happening behind the scenes in the electric vehicle industry to deploy EV charging infrastructure across the nation.

  

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Episode 3: Renewable Energy Sourcing In Higher Education

Date: 09/09/2019
Guests: Wolfgang Bauer (associate vice president at Michigan State University) & Scott TheriEn (project development manager at REC Solar)

The use of renewable energy is becoming more and more common on campuses of higher education across the country – and it’s not surprising. Institutions of higher education are both massive consumers of energy and are in the business of learning and teaching. That combination makes them ideal laboratories for innovation and advancement in the field.

  

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Episode 4: The Home Depot Sustainability Approach

Date: 10/11/2019
Guests: Craig D’Arcy (Director of Energy Management for Home Depot) and Craig Noxon (Vice President of Enterprise Sales at REC Solar)

One of the high profile corporate renewable energy initiatives in the news recently has been the unveiling of Home Depot’s sustainability goals. Home Depot is among the increasing number of corporations working to make renewables a significant part of their energy procurement strategy.

  

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Episode 5: How Energy Providers Like Duke Are Leading The Way

Date: 10/11/2019
Guests: Doug Esamann (Executive Vice President of Energy Solutions at Duke) and Chris Fallon (Vice President of Duke Energy Renewables)

As one of the largest energy providers in the United States, Duke Energy is positioned to make a significant impact on the move toward renewable sources of energy. Duke provides electricity to 7.7 million retail customers in six states. While some might see the renewable energy movement as a threat to a company like Duke, its leadership sees renewable energy as the future of energy providers across the nation.

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Episode 6: How AT&T’s Corporate Sustainability Pledge Is Coming To Life

Date: 10/11/2019
Guests: Shannon Carroll (Director of Global Environmental Sustainability at AT&T) and Scott Macmurdo (Business Development Director at Duke Energy Renewables)

More and more companies are making corporate sustainability pledges – and it’s a good thing. Corporations are some of the largest consumers of energy in the world. When these companies take steps to reduce their carbon footprint by procuring their energy from renewable sources, they have a significant impact on the overall environmental issues our world is facing.

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Episode 7: Look Who Switched To Renewables: Sprint’s Journey To Lower Emissions

Date: 10/21/2019
Guests: Amy Bond (Energy & Sustainability Program Manager at Sprint) and Scott Macmurdo (Business Development Director – Corporate Accounts at Duke Energy Renewables)

Lower emissions are one of the many goals being set by corporations across the country to reduce their carbon footprint and exercise corporate responsibility. Naturally, every company has its own unique set of hurdles to overcome in setting and attaining such goals. In this conversation Amy Bond, Energy and Sustainability Program Manager at Sprint explains how Sprint started looking into what it could do to procure energy from renewable sources back in 2008, but nothing fit their situation at that time. Fast forward to 2018 and it’s an entirely different story.

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Episode 8: Resiliency in Healthcare

Date: 09/14/2020
Guests: Eric Bennett (Duke Energy Key Segment Manager of Health Care) and Matthew Steine (Novant Health VP of Construction and Engineering)

When patient care is on the line in the healthcare industry, there’s no time for power outages or disruptions. In this conversation about the importance of resiliency in healthcare, host John Failla and special guests from Duke Energy and Novant Healthcare explore the current state of resiliency in healthcare systems. Listen as they discuss challenges organizations face when becoming more resilient and what the future may hold for the healthcare industry.

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Episode 9: Resiliency and Technology in Cities

Date: 09/14/2020
Guests: Michael Kilpatrick (Duke Energy Key Segment Manager of State Governments, Municipalities and Co-ops), Jane Nickels (City of Greensboro CIO), Butch Shumate (City of Greensboro Facilities Manager) and Sergey Kobelev (City of Greensboro Energy and Sustainability Management Engineer)

Most of us live day to day without giving much thought to the infrastructure that keeps our city services running smoothly – that is, until a natural disaster or outage occurs. In this conversation about the importance of resiliency and technology in cities, host John Failla and special guests from the City of Greensboro discuss Greensboro’s Smart Cities initiative, the importance of resiliency in city infrastructure and emerging priorities for cities and the communities they serve.

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Episode 10: Teaming on Sustainability: Manufacturing & Retail

Date: 10/12/2020
Guests: Lisa Zwack (Head of Sustainability at Kroger) and Denis George (Category Manager of Energy at Kroger)

While many people know Kroger as the nation’s largest traditional food retailer, few know that it is the fifth largest consumer packaged goods manufacturer in the nation and has more than 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names. In this episode, Smart Energy Decisions founder John Failla and guests from Kroger discuss Kroger’s commitment to advancing positive change in their company and communities through a number of environmental and social impact plans.

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Episode 11: Evolving Energy Strategies In Higher Ed – What’s Next?

Date: 10/12/2020
Guests: Bill Guerrero (Vice President for Finance and Administration at Ithaca College), Dennis Elliot (Director of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability at California Polytechnic State University) and Wayne Johnson (Duke Energy’s Key Segment Manager For Education)

From lighting and heating to equipment and technology, the expenses and energy usage at higher education institutions can be enormous. But for those same reasons, these institutions have a tremendous opportunity to move toward sustainable energy solutions, which may result in a cleaner environment and cost savings. In this episode, Smart Energy Decisions founder John Failla and guests from Cal Poly, Ithaca College and Duke Energy One discuss renewable energy trends, challenges and opportunities in higher education.

Disclaimer

Duke Energy One (“DEOne”), Duke Energy Renewables (“DE Renewables”) and REC Solar are not the same companies as Duke Energy Corporation’s regulated utilities, including Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Florida, Duke Energy Kentucky, Duke Energy Indiana, Duke Energy Ohio and Duke Energy Progress (“Regulated Utilities”); DEOne, DE Renewables and REC Solar are not in any way sanctioned by the state utility commissions regulating the Regulated Utilities; Purchasers of products or services from DEOne, DE Renewables and REC Solar will receive no preference or special treatment from the Regulated Utilities; and a customer does not have to buy products or services from DEOne, DE Renewables or REC Solar in order to continue to receive the same safe and reliable electric or gas service from the Regulated Utilities. Nonpayment for these products or services may result in removal from the program, but will not result in disconnection of electric or gas service by the Regulated Utilities. THIS MESSAGE IS PAID FOR BY THE SHAREHOLDERS OF DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION.