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Dec 18, 2017

Bill Loveless talks with Richard Nephew, a Senior Research Scholar at CGEP and the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, on a new episode of Columbia Energy Exchange. Richard is the author of a new book from Columbia University Press, The Art of Sanctions: A View From the Field, which outlines key concepts and guidelines for developing sanctions and interpreting targets’ responses to them. 

Among many topics Bill and Richard discuss, several include: insights from Richard's new book and how to effectively design and employ sanctions; the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal; whether U.S. sanctions on North Korea are working; how energy interests factor in to U.S. sanctions policy; and the outlook for future sanctions on Russia. 

Dec 11, 2017

Host Jason Bordoff sits down with Chairman Fu Chengyu to discuss the future of energy in China and its impact on the world. Chairman Fu is the former Chairman of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), and he is a board member at CGEP.

Among many topics they discuss, several include: China's One Belt One Road initiative and its strategy for energy development; renewable energy growth in China and the outlook for coal; the state of China-Russia cooperation in the energy sector; and China's relationship with the Trump Administration.

Dec 4, 2017

Host Bill Loveless talks with Antha Williams, the head of the Environment Program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, about: how U.S. cities can best fight climate change; the impacts of President Trump's environmental agenda; and business' approach to climate change.

Nov 27, 2017

Host Jason Bordoff speaks with HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, the former deputy prime minister and minister of energy and industry in Qatar about: the rise of Qatar as an important global natural gas player; the future of a globally integrated gas market; reasons for and implications of Qatar's decision to lift its moratorium on gas production; and recent regional tensions and the impact on the current embargo on Qatar.

Nov 20, 2017

Host Bill Loveless sits down with Fellow Varun Sivaram to discuss: ITC complaints brought by Suniva and SolarWorld; objections to the trade action by industries and solar-energy installers; tariffs and other remedies offered by International Trade Commission members; how President Trump might respond to ITC options; and the need for new technology to advance solar energy.

Nov 13, 2017

Host Bill Loveless speaks with Spencer Abraham, former U.S. Secretary of Energy under President George W. Bush, about changes in the energy sector over the last 10 years and their implications for the outlook of energy policy under President Trump. Among many topics they discuss, several include: how public policy has kept up with disruption in the energy sector; energy policy and energy "dominance" under the new administration; challenges facing Secretary of Energy Rick Perry; the future of nuclear energy in the United States; and President Trump's approach to climate change.

Nov 6, 2017

Host Bill Loveless speaks with Senator Maria Cantwell about: the new GAO report and the need to prepare for growing future financial outlays as a result of extreme weather; the prospect for more cooperation between Democrats and Republicans on issues related to disasters and the federal budgets; and the outlook for Congressional action on other energy policy issues including opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

Oct 30, 2017

In celebration of the Columbia Energy Exchange's 100th episode, host Jason Bordoff sits down with Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), to discuss key issues influencing the energy sector, including the outlook for oil demand and the impact of new U.S. regulation on energy markets. Additionally, Dr. Birol reflects on his twenty-year career at IEA and the lessons he learned early on that helped him get to where he is today.

Oct 23, 2017

To understand the outlook for offshore wind in the United States, host Bill Loveless speaks with Jeff Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, on a new episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange. Deepwater Wind is the developer of America's first offshore wind project, the Block Island Wind Farm.

Among many topics Jeff and Bill discuss, several include: the status of the Block Island Wind Farm as it approaches its first anniversary; recent policies in New York, Massachusetts and other states that promote offshore wind energy in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic; the convergence of policy and market incentives that is attracting developers from around the world; and whether developers will need a federal investment credit once it expires in 2019.

 

Oct 16, 2017

To discuss what might come out of the Ministerial Meeting, as well as how IEA members can ensure that the Agency is most effective in responding to continuing changes in the global energy landscape going forward, host Bill Loveless speaks with CGEP Fellow and Senior Adjunct Research Scholar, Jonathan Elkind. Jon was previously Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy where he worked on international energy and climate issues within the Obama Administration and with global partners. 

Among many topics Jon and Bill discuss, several include: how the Trump Administration's "America First" philosophy fits into the IEA mandate; whether IEA membership will extend to non-OECD countries in the future; and the role of oil and alternative energy resources in global energy security today.

Oct 9, 2017

Host Jason Bordoff sits down with Anne Pramaggiore, the president and CEO of ComEd, an electric utility serving customers in Chicago and northern Illinois. Anne joined ComEd in 1998 and, in addition to her current role, has served as the company's lead lawyer and head of Regulatory Policy and Chief Operating Officer. She is a board member of the Chicago Federal Reserve Board and Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Among many topics Anne and Jason discuss, several include: the democratization of energy and the future of merchant generators; technological changes in the power industry; the outlook for energy storage; and changes in federal regulation and implications for utilities.

Oct 2, 2017
In the lead up to Climate Week and the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Canadian provinces of Québec and Ontario and the U.S. state of California signed an agreement to link their carbon markets, a move that will create the second largest market of its kind. 

To discuss how local governments are tackling energy and climate change issues, host Jason Bordoff speaks with Québec Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, David Heurtel. Several issues they cover include: The rise of cap and trade in Canada and lessons for the U.S.; Aligning local and national visions to fight climate change; and Hydro-Québec and partnerships in the U.S.
Sep 25, 2017
From a cyber attack this summer against at least a dozen power companies including the Wolf Creek Nuclear plant in Kansas, to continued assaults on Ukraine's power grid by hackers, the need for increased cybersecurity measures to protect the grid and related components, like power generation, transition and distribution, has never been more real. Just this month the Trump Administration announced it is giving awards worth as as much as US$50 million to national laboratories for energy infrastructure resilience and cybersecurity projects.

To learn what these growing threats mean to the security of U.S. energy infrastructure, how well prepared private and public entities are for such attacks, and the role of public policy to prevent them, host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) speaks with Marcus Sachs, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, a not for profit regulatory authority responsible for assuring the reliability and security of the power system in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Marc was a White House appointee in the George W. Bush administration, Vice President for National Security at Verizon, and he is a retired U.S. Army Officer and author of several books on information security. 

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu

Sep 18, 2017
From a crisis among the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, to concerns over the security of oil supplies, economic stability, and OPEC policy, to calls by President Trump to end the Iran nuclear deal, what do recent developments in the world's biggest oil-producing region--the Middle East--mean for the energy sector?  Host Jason Bordoff speaks with James Jeffrey, the former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Iraq, about key issues in the Middle East and their impact on global energy markets. Ambassador Jeffrey is the Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He previously served as Deputy National Security Advisor and as a U.S. Army infantry officer, with service in Germany and Vietnam. 


Among many topics Ambassador Jeffrey and Jason discuss, several include: The political situation in Iraq and the outlook for future oil production; The future of the Iran nuclear deal and ramifications should President Trump choose not to re-certify; Whether or not the GCC has meaning anymore; and the outlook for oil production in Libya.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu

Sep 11, 2017

The U.S. approach to clean energy has seen a sharp shift since the election of Donald Trump. Not only has the new administration promised to rescind Obama-era environmental regulations to reduce carbon emissions, such as the Clean Power Plan, it has also announced its decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. What do these developments mean for the possibility of bipartisan cooperation on clean energy? Host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) speaks with Jay Faison, Founder and CEO of the ClearPath Foundation, about a conservative approach to clean energy, including topics such as: Differences of opinion over climate change; The possibilities for a 100% renewable energy future; President Trump's decision to leave the Paris Agreement; The future of carbon capture technology and funding.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu

Aug 28, 2017

Over the last six years coal prices have gone from record highs to plummeting lows, putting three of the four largest U.S. coal firms into bankruptcy. Although coal mining employment has been declining for decades, Donald Trump campaigned for the U.S. presidency on a platform that promised to reverse what he called his predecessor’s “war on coal.” Since taking office, the new administration has begun to reverse Obama-era environmental policies, and is fielding increasing calls from policymakers and industry alike to do more for coal firms and jobs. This month, West Virginia governor Jim Justice proposed that the federal government provide subsidies to revive the Appalachian coal industry, calling the issue a matter of national security. Yet the Trump Administration rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order to protect coal-fired power plants, a decision that has angered some coal executives. To put all of these recent developments into context, host Jason Bordoff sits down with Trevor Houser, a partner at the Rhodium Group, to discuss a report they co-authored together with Peter Marsters this year--Can Coal Make a Comeback?--about the U.S. coal industry, its decline, and prospects for its recovery. 

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu

Aug 21, 2017

From the effect of low prices on U.S. oil and gas production, to battles over energy infrastructure, to the impact of U.S. LNG around the world, significant shifts are underway in global energy markets. Host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) sits down with Rusty Braziel,President and Principal Energy Markets Consultant for RBN Energy, to discuss the economic and policy changes that are shaping the oil and gas sector, including: Oil and natural gas production in a low price environment; The future of Keystone XL pipeline; Impacts of U.S. LNG on global markets; The outlook for oil demand.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu

Aug 14, 2017

From what was hailed by some analysts as an historic agreement to curb oil production and stabilize markets alongside OPEC, to growing tensions with the United States and new economic sanctions that will target its energy sector, to the protracted fight over the Nordstream-2 pipeline and questions about European energy security, Russia plays and important and changing role in the global energy sector. Columbia Energy Exchange host Jason Bordoff sits down with Dr. Tatiana Mitrova, a fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, to discuss Russia and the global energy sector including topics such as: Russia's compliance with OPEC oil production cuts and the future of the agreement; Gazprom's response to changes in the global gas market; The future of clean energy in Russia; and European energy security and the Nordstream-2 pipeline.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu

Aug 7, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is facing funding cuts under President Trump's budget proposal. As one of the leading institutions supporting clean energy R&D, these cuts would have significant implications for the future of U.S. leadership in energy innovation and clean technologies, not to mention ramifications for the U.S. economy.

To discuss the importance of clean energy innovation and what it will take to transition to a de-carbonized world, host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) interviews former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. They discuss issues such as: The path toward deep decarbonization and obstacles to overcome; President Trump's budget proposal and its impact on the Department of Energy and innovation; Secretary of Energy Perry's controversial baseload study; Iran's compliance to the nuclear deal and its future under the new administration.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

 

Jul 31, 2017

New sanctions are being proposed against countries including Iran, Russia, Venezuela and North Korea, with potentially significant implications for global energy markets. To discuss what these sanctions entail and their impact on global energy markets, host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) speaks with CGEP Senior Scholar Richard Nephew (@RichardMNephew). They covers issues including: How President Trump could leave the Iran nuclear deal; Consequences of U.S. sanctions on Iran without international support; The impact of Russian sanctions on international oil markets; What sanctions against North Korea would entail; Whether or not the U.S. will impose sanctions against Venezuela.

Richard was Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State and lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating the Iran nuclear deal. He is the author of the forthcoming book in the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy book series, The Art of Sanctions: A View From the Field.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

Jul 24, 2017

From President Trump’s revocation of the Clean Power Plan and his decision to leave the Paris Agreement, to accelerating closures of nuclear power plants, to new demands from consumers for smarter and more efficient technologies to meet their electricity needs, the North American power sector is undergoing transition. 

Host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) sits down with Barry Perry, President and CEO of Fortis, the largest investor-owned electric utility in Canada, to discuss developments in the North American natural gas and electric power industry including: The integration of renewables into the transmission grid; Similarities and differences in U.S. and Canadian energy policy; Implications of nuclear plant closures; Technological advancements and cyber threats to the electric grid.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

Jul 17, 2017

From a promise to bring coal jobs back, to the decision to leave the Paris Agreement, to a budget proposal that cuts funding to environmental and climate programs across government agencies, U.S. climate and environment policy is facing significant shifts following the election of Donald Trump. The Environmental Protection Agency in particular finds itself a target of the new Administration's efforts to roll back regulations that it claims stymie economic growth.

To gauge what some of these shifts will mean, Host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) speaks with Carol Browner, the longest serving United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. They discuss: How the Trump Administration's proposed budget cuts will impact EPA; The effects of the Trump Administration's agenda on climate change progress; The role of local and state governments to combat climate change; The outlook for fuel economy standards in the US; Nuclear energy's role in a low carbon transition.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/

Jul 9, 2017

Host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) sits down with Tim Gould, Head of Division for the World Energy Outlook (WEO) at the International Energy Agency (IEA), for a preview of 2017 WEO. They discuss: China's role as a key driver for global energy demand; Peak oil demand and the role of petrochemicals; Oil demand growth and climate change; The future of natural gas markets; Underinvestment in the energy system.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy online: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/

Jul 2, 2017

Host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) interviews former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson about the future of American energy policy and key issues facing the energy sector today, including topics such as: The challenges and opportunities faced by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry; How President Trump's budget proposal and a potential infrastructure bill will affect the Department of Energy; How U.S. energy policy has changed over the decades; The realities of climate change; The future of NAFTA.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy online: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/

Jun 26, 2017

Host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) speaks with Ali Moshiri, the former president of Chevron's Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production division, about the crisis in Venezuela and the effects on the global energy sector, and then the outlook for other oil and gas producing nations in the region including: Challenges for international oil companies in Brazil; The outlook for shale development in Argentina; Colombian shale development and disruption from environmental groups.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy online: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/

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