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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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 Therian (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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Duke Energy Renewables is not the same company as Duke Energy Carolinas (“DEC”), and Duke Energy Renewables has separate management; Duke Energy Renewables is not regulated by the North Carolina Utilities Commission or the Public Service Commission of South Carolina or in any way sanctioned by the Commissions; Purchasers of products or services from Duke Energy Renewables will receive no preference or special treatment from DEC; and
A customer does not have to buy products or services from Duke Energy Renewables in order to continue to receive the same safe and reliable electric service from DEC. Nonpayment for these products or services may result in removal from the program, but will not result in disconnection of electric service. THIS MESSAGE IS PAID FOR BY THE SHAREHOLDERS OF DUKE ENERGY.

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Duke Energy Renewables is not the same company as Duke Energy Progress (“DEP”), and Duke Energy Renewables has separate management; Duke Energy Renewables is not regulated by the North Carolina Utilities Commission or the Public Service Commission of South Carolina or in any way sanctioned by the Commissions; Purchasers of products or services from Duke Energy Renewables will receive no preference or special treatment from DEP; and A customer does not have to buy products or services from Duke Energy Renewables in order to continue to receive the same safe and reliable electric service from DEP. Nonpayment for these products or services may result in removal from the program, but will not result in disconnection of electric service. THIS MESSAGE IS PAID FOR BY THE SHAREHOLDERS OF DUKE ENERGY.

Indiana 
These non-regulated utility products are not part of the regulated utility services offered by Duke Energy Indiana and are not in any way sanctioned by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Purchasers of these products will receive no preference or special treatment from Duke Energy Indiana in regard to their regulated electric service. A customer does not have to buy these products or services from Duke Energy Renewables in order to receive the same safe and reliable electric service from Duke Energy Indiana. Purchasing such goods and services is completely at the customer’s discretion and similar products may also be available from other third party suppliers. THIS MESSAGE IS PAID FOR BY THE SHAREHOLDERS OF DUKE ENERGY.

Ohio 
These non-regulated utility products are not part of the regulated utility services offered by Duke Energy Ohio and are not in any way sanctioned by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Purchasers of these products will receive no preference or special treatment from Duke Energy Ohio in regard to their regulated electric or gas service. A customer does not have to buy these products or services from Duke Energy Renewables in order to receive the same safe and reliable electric or gas service from Duke Energy Ohio. Purchasing such goods and services is completely at the customer’s discretion and similar products may also be available from other third party suppliers. THIS MESSAGE IS PAID FOR BY THE SHAREHOLDERS OF DUKE ENERGY.

Kentucky 
Duke Energy Renewables is not the same company as Duke Energy Kentucky. Duke Energy Renewables is not regulated by the Kentucky Public Service Commission. You do not have to buy Duke Energy Renewables products or services (as applicable) in order to continue to receive service from the utility. THIS MESSAGE IS PAID FOR BY THE SHAREHOLDERS OF DUKE ENERGY.

Florida 
Duke Energy Renewables is not the same company as Duke Energy Florida (“DEF”), and Duke Energy Renewables has separate management;  Duke Energy Renewables is not regulated by the Florida Public Service Commission or in any way sanctioned by the Commission; Purchasers of products or services from Duke Energy Renewables will receive no preference or special treatment from DEF; and a customer does not have to buy products or services from Duke Energy Renewables in order to continue to receive the same safe and reliable electric service from DEF. Nonpayment for these products or services may result in removal from the program, but will not result in disconnection of electric service. THIS MESSAGE IS PAID FOR BY THE SHAREHOLDERS OF DUKE ENERGY.