10 Utility Industry Podcasts Worth Your Time
Packed with information, easy to consume, engaging speakers, and ready to accompany your commute or exercise routine… yes, we’re referring to podcasts. With more than 850,000 active podcasts and more than 45 million episodes, podcasting is a popular way to digest information, with subjects ranging from entertainment to the utility landscape and beyond. Tech-savvy enthusiasts are turning to podcasting to elevate the news around sustainability efforts, the clean energy transition, and the regulatory imperative to decarbonize now. Here are ten utility industry podcasts covering hot topics worth subscribing to.
Grid Forward Chats
Grid Forward Chats – This podcast is produced by our good friends at Grid Forward, an industry association located in the NorthWest focused on modernizing the grid and more specifically how policy and regulation affect the changing of the grid. Each episode is hosted by the Executive Director, Bryce Yonker. He chats with utility industry executives, regional and national leaders, and technology enthusiasts – all focused on changing the power grid, ensuring grid resiliency through innovation, and ushering in clean energy. Give it a listen.
Available on Apple Podcasts.
Just Energy – Listen to this thought-provoking intertwining of social justice movements, climate change, climate justice (or injustice in some cases), and energy inequity in this podcast. You’ll hear from Sanya Carley, an energy justice professor at Indiana University, together, with her master of public affairs students. They weave together their research on energy and justice and offer fascinating views into economic, cultural, political, racial, and social aspects of the energy transition. Give this one a listen and ask, does humanity have access to clean energy? Is the future of the energy transition equal for all?
Available on Spotify.
The Carbon Copy
The Carbon Copy – The Carbon Copy is a weekly news analysis podcast hosted by Stephen Lacey. The focus is to put a spotlight on the reworking of our carbon-based economy, through the lens of modern world events, scientific advancement, and the news cycle. The Carbon Copy utility industry podcast is a co-production of Canary Media and Post Script Media.
Available on Apple, Spotify, or any podcast app.
Along Those Lines
Along Those Lines – In its fourth season and focused on rural America’s energy issues and needs, Along Those Lines is a monthly podcast for electric co-ops. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association does a comprehensive job of covering topics such as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workforce in co-ops, innovative technology, and the advances it can have on the grid for co-ops, to covering the unique challenges rural electric cooperatives face. Be sure to give this one a try, as you’ll even get to hear from leaders within cooperatives themselves about their successes, failures, and decarbonization goals.
Available on Spotify and Apple.
Political Climate – Its name says it all. Another podcast produced by Canary Media, Political Climate is cohosted by Brandon Hurlbut, Shane Skelton, and Julia Pyper. They dig into climate-energy issues, politics, and policies shaping the future of the planet.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.
Redefining Energy – Try Redefining Energy for some in-depth conversations about technology innovations in the world of energy. This bimonthly podcast is co-hosted by Gerard Reid and Laurent Segalen and was ranked in the Top 20 in the Energy Transition category by player.fm.
Available on Apple, Spotify, Speaker from iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and YouTube.
Comedians Conquering Climate Change
Comedians Conquering Climate Change – To mix things up a bit, check out this comedian-hosted podcast that is short and most importantly, funny! Host Esteban Gast is a comedian, writer, and teacher and he does a phenomenal job at hitting on critical climate and energy topics while entertaining his listeners. Bonus? Gast also has guest appearances from other comedians. They discuss key topics like clean energy movements, electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging, solar, and how and why we should electrify everything. Don’t skip this one. Listen today.
Available on Apple, Google, and Spotify.
The Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast
The Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast – The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association produces this monthly podcast that covers the aggressive decarbonization efforts of the state of North Carolina. Topics range from technologies advancing the clean energy industry like solar, electric vehicles, and battery storage. Host Matt Abele chats with political candidates of all levels from across the state.
Available on iTunes and Spotify.
The Big Switch
The Big Switch – Dr. Melissa Lott of Columbia University focuses on the changing grid and the effects of climate change in this twice a month podcast. Her goal is to offer solutions to slow climate change and accelerate decarbonization efforts through demand response programs, distributed energy resources (DERs) technologies, and more.
Available on Deezer, Stitcher, and Spotify.
The Energy Transition Show
The Energy Transition Show – Hosted by energy analyst and consultant, Chris Nelder, he engages with experts on the ongoing transition away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
Utility Industry Podcasts Final Thoughts
With so many options for podcasts these days, it can be hard to narrow down decent options. Hopefully, this top ten list helps guide your future utility industry podcast downloads and listening habits. Did we miss a good energy-focused podcast that makes your top ten list? Let us know about it below in the comments.