Episode 1: Powering through the Storm

Music credit: InClosing

This podcast airs in advance of National Clean Energy Week, which runs from Sep. 25-29 and will bring together energy leaders for a week of events and activities in Washington and across America highlighting the value and benefits of clean energy solutions. As a member of the steering committee for this event, the Clean Energy Business Network is particularly focused on sharing the contributions of small- and medium-size businesses providing common-sense energy solutions. For more information, visit the national clean energy week website

This September, communities across the U.S., Mexico, and Caribbean have been ravaged by hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires. The loss of life and destruction from these disasters has been simply devastating. At recording, Hurricane Maria made her way through the Caribbean, pounding communities that were still reeling from Hurricane Irma.

Unfortunately, when the floodwaters recede and the winds die down, the danger is often just beginning. Many people are left without basic necessities such as food, clean water, shelter, or power in the wake of these deadly storms.

On the CEBN’s first podcast episode, we honed in on one of these issues—the loss of power—and took a moment in the midst of these ongoing crises to think about forward-looking solutions. What should we do to shore up communities against power outages caused by natural disasters and other sources of grid disruptions? Hear from CEBN members as they share their answers in light of a devastating cluster of natural disasters across North America.

The examples featured on this discussion are just a few of the many clean, efficient technologies that can improve reliability.  There are many options that can provide reliable onsite power or help balance load and direct energy to where it’s needed most: geothermal, fuel cells, biomass, combined heat and power, waste heat to power, storage coupled with renewables, microgrids, and efficiency strategies.

Featured speakers:

Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Capstone Turbine Corp.
Loy Sneary, President and CEO, Gulf Coast Green Energy
James Jackson, Chief Business Development Officer, Thermal Energy Partners
Lisa Laughner, President and CEO, Go Electric Inc
Adam Zellner, Finance and Government Relations Expert, Greener by Design
Rita Hansen, CEO and Co-Founder, On Board Dynamics
Host: Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network

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The Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) works to advance the clean energy economy through policy, public education, and business support for small- and medium-size energy companies. Started in 2009 by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the CEBN is now a small business division of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. The CEBN represents 3,000+ business leaders across all 50 U.S. states working with a broad range of clean energy and transportation technologies.