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Smart Energy Voices


Welcome to Smart Energy Voices: an SED Podcast

Hosted by John Failla, Smart Energy Decisions Founder.
Smart Energy Voices, an SED podcast, features conversations with leaders of the energy transition. In each episode, Smart Energy Decisions founder John Failla digs deep with industry movers and shakers to reveal insights you can learn from in their stories, personalities, and visions for the future.

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Episode 39: Goodbye to Year Over Year Baselines, Hello to Predictive Modeling

Date: 6/18/2021

Guests: Andrew Blauvelt, BuildingOS
Ken Watson, Acuity Brands

At a recent Innovation Summit, host Debra Chanil sat down with Ken Watson, a Sr. Manager of Key Accounts at Acuity Brands, and Andrew Blauvelt, the Vice President of Sales at Acuity Brands for the BuildingOS product group. In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, they discuss the shift in building industry energy metrics and establishing baselines in a world with inconsistent occupancy levels and changing public health guidelines. Listen to hear Andrew and Ken share their extensive experience and insight on best practices for navigating this dynamic shift.

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Episode 38: Challenges of Energy Management for Healthcare

Date: 6/11/2021

Guests: Robert Berninger, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)


In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, SED's Debra Chanil discusses several innovative retro-commission projects with Robert Berninger, Director of Plant Operations, Energy and Engineering at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Bob oversees more than 4 million square feet of critical care facilities in the heart of New York City. Listen as he recounts his experience evaluating potential projects so you can benefit from the great insights Bob has to share.. Read more...

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Episode 37: The State of Sustainable Finance 

Date: 6/4/2021

Guests: Kara Mangone, Goldman Sachs


In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host John Failla is joined by Kara Mangone, Managing Director and Global Head of Climate Strategy at Goldman Sachs. Kara has worked at the forefront of Goldman Sachs’ sustainability commitments over the years, first leading sustainability reporting and investor engagement, then as Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs’ Sustainable Finance Group and now as Global Head of Climate Strategy. Listen in to learn more about Kara’s efforts at Goldman Sachs. Read more...

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Episode 36: Cal Poly Fast-tracks Decarbonization

Date: 5/28/2021

Guests: Dennis Elliot, California Polytechnic State University


In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host John Failla sits down with Dennis Elliot, Assistant Vice President for Facilities at California Polytechnic State University, to discuss Cal Poly’s climate action plan and decarbonization efforts. In a recent interview Dennis had with SEV’s sister podcast, Beyond the Meter, John learned about the great work Dennis and his team are doing at Cal Poly. Listen to this follow-up interview to learn more about Cal Poly’s work and how it is changing the way academia views its climate impact. Read more...

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Episode 35: The Future of Green Hydrogen

Date: 5/21/2021

Guests: Janice Lin, Green Hydrogen Coalition


In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host John Failla talks with Janice Lin, the Founder and President of the Green Hydrogen Coalition. She has over 20 years of experience in clean energy strategy and market development. Her visionary leadership and passion for green hydrogen is inspiring change in the energy industry. Listen as Janice shares her mission for the green energy transition. Read more...

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Episode 34: Decarbonizing with Integrated Energy Management

Date: 5/14/2021

Guests: Scott Hart, NRG

In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host John Failla speaks with Scott Hart, Vice President and General Manager of NRG Business - Texas to discuss how integrated energy supply and demand management strategies, including the deployment of DERs, can effectively help large power users achieve their decarbonization goals.. Read more...

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Episode 33: Managing Data on the Road to Net Zero

Date: 5/7/2021

Guests: Adam Kramer, Ledger8760

In this episode of Smart Energy Decisions, host John Failla speaks with Adam Kramer, former Vice President of Strategy at Switch and current CEO of sustainability and energy start-up Ledger8760. They discuss Adam’s role in helping Switch achieve 100% renewable energy and his new position at Ledger8760. Listen as they address the need for accurate data in order to successfully set and achieve sustainability goals. Read more...

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Episode 32: Intel 2030

Date: 4/23/2021

Guests: Marty Sedler, Intel


In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host John Failla speaks with Marty Sedler, Director of Global Utilities & Infrastructure or Intel Corporation. Marty was the opening keynote speaker from Smart Energy Decisions’ recent Innovation Summit where he shared Intel’s 2030 goals for energy savings, alternative energy, and emissions reductions. Intel has a global scope and is constantly working on new technologies and solutions for renewable energy. Listen to learn about Intel’s goals for 2030. Read more...

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Episode 31: The State of Retail Energy Partnerships

Date: 4/16/2021

Guests: Raj Bazaj, Constellation 


In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host John Failla speaks with Raj Bazaj, Executive Director of Solution Sales at Constellation. John and Raj discuss the future of retail energy partnerships and the impact that has on the energy industry. Listen to hear Raj share his personal insights on sustainability and energy solutions in retail environments. Read more...

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 Episode 30: Trends in Renewable Energy Deal Making & The Biden Administration

Date: 4/9/2021

Guests: Keith Martin, Norton Rose Fulbright

In this episode of Smart Energy Voices, host John Failla speaks with Keith Martin, a transactional lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright. Keith worked for 146 companies last year and his firm did $145 billion in project financing. He also lobbies the US treasury and congress on policy issues and has worked for two democratic senators. Listen to learn more about clean energy from the perspective of legislative infrastructure. Read more...

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Episode 29: The Future of Clean Tech Investing

Date: 4/2/2021

Guests: Ron Pernick, Clean Edge

In this episode, John speaks with Ron Pernick, the founder and managing director of Clean Edge. Ron has over 30 years of experience in high-tech sectors, the last 20 of which have been in clean tech. He founded Clean Edge to be an analyst organization focused on this emergent sector. Since 2001, they’ve collected and processed data from dozens of successful clean tech organizations. Find out how this information can be used to invest in the future of clean tech. Read more...

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Episode 28: Addressing Residual Emissions on the Path to Net Zero

Date: 3/26/2021

Guests: Stephanie Harris, 3Degrees

Not all ideas for reducing carbon emissions are created equal - what works well for one company won’t work for another. So how does a company start on the path to clean energy? Debra Chanil talks with Stephanie Harris about that very issue. Stephanie Harris is a Director on 3Degrees’ Carbon Markets team where she helps organizations create customized plans for climate action. For over 15 years, 3Degrees has been helping companies strategically establish and achieve their carbon emission goals. Listen in as they discuss this practical approach to reducing residual emissions. Read more...

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Episode 27: Collaborating for Customer-Centricity in Achieving Sustainability Objectives

Date: 3/19/2021

Guests: André Canguçú, ENGIE North America

Renewable energy is becoming increasingly affordable every day but it hasn’t yet become accessible to everyone. ENGIE is working to change that. John Failla speaks with Chief Commercial & Industries and M&A Officer for ENGIE North America, André Canguçú about what they’re doing to expand access to renewable energy for smaller entities and those new to the field. André explains how ENGIE is working to simplify the process of obtaining renewable energy. Listen to hear how they’re making a difference in the ever-evolving industry of renewable energy. Read more...

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Episode 26: The Evolution of McDonald's Sustainability Roadmap

Date: 3/12/2021

Guests: Emma Cox, McDonald's Corporation

With 37,000 restaurants in over 100 countries serving 69 million people every day, McDonald’s understands how great an impact they have. The last time John spoke with Emma Cox, North American Sustainability Manager at McDonald’s Corporation during the 2019 Innovation Summit, the company was primarily focused on energy efficiency within the U.S. Since that beginning, their focus has had a global shift that will positively affect the environment. Listen to hear how McDonald’s is changing the world one community at a time. Read more...

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Episode 25: The Future of GM, EVs and Renewables with Rob Threlkeld

Date: 3/5/2021

Guests: Rob Threlkeld, General Motors

The future of decarbonization is in re-inventing the transportation industry. As it stands, vehicles account for 28.2 percent of greenhouse emissions. That’s an amazing opportunity for change. Imagine the reduction in carbon emissions if those vehicles were to be powered by electricity. John speaks about the potential of electric vehicles with General Motors’ Global Manager of Sustainable Energy, Supply, and Reliability, Rob Threkeld. Read more...

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Episode 24: Inspiring Diversity in Energy with Telisa Toliver

Date: 2/26/2021

Guests: Telisa Toliver, Chevron

The wake-up call came a few years ago when the Wall Street Journal ranked energy at 10 out of 11 fields in a survey on diversity in businesses. Since then, Smart Energy Decisions has worked to raise the profile of this issue with its series “Inspiring Diversity in Energy.” This edition features a discussion with Telisa Toliver, General Manager of Renewable Power for Chevron and Debra Chanil, SED’s Director of Research and Content. Read more...

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Episode 23: Creating Climate Wealth with Jigar Shah

Date: 2/19/2021

Guests: Jigar Shah, Generate Capital

Celebrate the fifth anniversary of Smart Energy Decisions with this conversation between Founder and Editorial Direction John Failla and clean energy industry pioneer Jigar Shah, who has changed the way businesses approach technology to both save money and improve their impact on the environment.

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Episode 22: The Future of Sustainability Strategy

Date: 2/12/2021

Guests: Greg Kandankulam, NRG Energy

2020 has definitely produced a number of challenges, but the need for societies and organizations to move toward sustainable energy solutions has not gone away. Today John speaks with Greg Kandankulam about what the NRG team is experiencing as it works with large organizations and municipalities that are moving toward renewable energy solutions.

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Episode 21: Ørsted’s Journey from Oil Giant to Most Sustainable Company in the World

Date: 2/05/2021

Guests: Melissa Peterson, Ørsted

It’s not common to see a company that’s heavily vested in a particular segment of any industry make a 180-degree turn that is designed to eliminate the need for its original area of focus. It’s even more uncommon for that company to become the leader in its new niche. That’s the story of Ørsted, a Denmark-based Oil Giant that has made the transition to renewable energy like few other companies.

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Episode 20: The Growing Importance of Renewable Energy Partnerships

Date: 1/29/2021

Guests: Nathan Nissen, Kohler Co.
Greg Rizzo, Enel Green Power

We all know that strong partnerships are essential if we are going to succeed in collaborating to accomplish a zero-carbon future. This conversation features two of the players in just such a partnership. John speaks with Nathan Nissen, Principal Engineer, Sustainability at Kohler Company, and Greg Rizzo, Director of Origination at Enel Green Power. Read more... 

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Episode 19: Driving Decarbonization With Digital Innovation

Date: 1/23/2021

Guests: Vanessa Miler-Fels, Microsoft


Decarbonization is one of the primary goals many companies are trying to achieve in their operations. Microsoft is leading the way in the realm of corporate leadership, setting its Carbon Negative Pledge as a standard to follow. One of the leading voices on the Microsoft team is Vanessa Miler-Fels, Director of Energy Innovation and Impact. Her astute insights and clear way of describing the “carbon math” the Microsoft team has done to empower their own efforts and extend their approach to their own supply chain partners come through loud and clear in this conversation. Listen to hear the generous and ambitious contributions Microsoft is poised to make to the world’s energy future. Read more... 

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Episode 18: 5 Predictions for the Corporate Renewable Energy Market in 2021

Date: 12/11/20

Guests: Rob Collier,  LevelTen Energy   


In light of recent national events, it is a great time to be focused on renewables. In this episode, Rob Collier, Vice President of Developer Relations at LevelTen Energy, provides his five predictions for the Corporate Renewable Energy Market for 2021. Read more... 

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Episode 17: Lynda Clemmons on Navigating Transition in the Energy Industry

Date: 12/4/20

Guests: Lynda Clemmons, NRG Energy


Because the energy industry is widely diverse and constantly changing, energy companies and their partners often have difficulty keeping up with the changes. Lynda Clemmons, Vice President of Sustainable Solutions at NRG Energy, joins us for this episode to speak on how best to navigate these fast transitions within the industry. Read more... 

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Episode 16: MP2 Energy's Jeff Colvin on Shell Energy's Expansion in North America

Date: 11/20/20

Guests: Jeff Colvin,  MP2 Energy


On this episode of Smart Energy Voices, Jeff Colvin, Executive VP of Sales at MP2 Energy, joins John Failla of Smart Energy Decisions to discuss his career as a leader in the energy industry and his role at MP2 and its relationship with Shell Energy North America. With the growing interest that international oil companies have in the energy transition and the role that MP2 Energy is specifically playing for Shell Energy North America, this conversation provides tremendous insights. Read more...

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Episode 15: Tackling Scope 3 Emissions at Honda North America

Date: 11/13/20

Guests: Alissa Yakali, Honda North America

Joey Lange, Edison Energy

In this episode, we'll be in conversation with Alissa Yakali, Supply Chain Sustainability Coordinator at Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., and Joey Lange, Senior Director of Client Services at Edison Energy, for an inside look at Honda's 10 years of experience in working with their supply chain to reduce emissions and how they're currently working with Edison Energy to take their supply chain program to the next level. Read more...

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Episode 14: COVID19's Impact on Deployment of Distributed Energy Resources

Date: 11/06/20

Guest: Matthew Walters,  Siemens 


How do you quantify the value of a microgrid, which in some cases can be thought of as an insurance policy? You're ensuring that your facility doesn't go down or have an outage. How much is an outage really worth and how do you value that?

In this age of Covid19, the pressure to fulfill commitments still remains high. Investor pressure remains high. Project goals remain in place. But the financing is no longer available. What should customers be looking at and exploring in the interest of managing this dilemma? Listen to the episode to hear how Matthew Walters, Head of Distributed Energy Systems, Americas at Siemens tackles it from a holistic approach.


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Episode 13: The Future of Utility Energy Services

Date: 10/30/20

Guest: Robert Vary,  Duke Energy


Many market trends today revolve around resiliency, sustainability, and reduction in carbon emissions. These are all at the forefront of customer's minds and are driven by their own corporate ESG goals. Robert Vary, Senior Vice President Sales & Relationship Management, Duke Energy, discusses energy solutions that allow customers to conserve their own capital while providing subscription payments that allow customers to have a predictable budget on what they spend on energy efficiency.


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Episode 12: The Evolution of Retail Energy

Date: 10/23/20

Guest: Dave Grupp, Direct Energy


Guest Dave Grupp, VP and Head of Renewable Services at Direct Energy Business, talks about his career and gives us his take on the evolution of the retail energy business, including the expanding role that renewable energy is playing within it. After 15 years in the industry, Dave has had a front-row seat to the changes that have taken place and has seen the market mature and evolve in that time. There will be plenty to take away as he touches on many different areas of interest in his discussion with John. Read more...

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