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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 7: Innovative Approaches to Achieving Renewable Energy and Climate Goals with Valerie Cardwell, Beth Wytiaz, and Becky Sternberg

Date: 09/18/20

Guests: Valerie Cardwell, Executive Director, Office of Sustainability, Comcast NBCUniversal
Rebecca (Becky) Sternberg, 3Degrees
Beth Wytiaz, SVP, Global Environmental Operations Manager, Bank of America

On today's episode, listen in on a panel discussion from a recent Renewable Energy Sourcing Forum. This exciting panel features Valerie Cardwell, with Comcast NBC Universal’s Office of Sustainability, Beth Wytiaz, Global Environmental Operations Manager at Bank of America, and the panel is moderated by Becky Sternberg, Vice President of Energy and Climate Practice at 3Degrees. Read more...

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Episode 6: Integrating an Offsite Renewable Purchase into Your Energy Risk Strategy with Gregory J. Kosier

Date: 09/11/20

Guests: Gregory J. Kosier, Director, Commodities Management Group, Constellation

Today two “dinosaurs in the industry” Peter Kelly Detweiler and Greg Kosier — former colleagues at Constellation with nearly 50 years in the industry between them — talk about how buyers manage their energy risk in terms of legacy buying, the way it used to be done, and today’s renewable power purchase agreements. Read more...

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Episode 5: Goldman Sachs’ Renewable Energy Journey with Cindy Quan

Date: 09/04/20

Guests: Cindy Quan, Global Chief of Staff and Head of ESG, Goldman, Sachs & Co

Renewable energy is not a new conversation at Goldman Sachs as they have found a way for the last 10 years to ensure corporate profitability alongside operational sustainability. From their new LEED Gold Certified World headquarters to Sustainable Finance, Cindy shares a comprehensive synopsis of how Goldman Sachs and it’s leadership is being “front footed” in setting an example for social equity, diversity, and inclusivity. Read more...

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Episode 4:The Purpose Driven Organization with Jeff Fromm and David Smart

Date: 08/28/20

Guests: Jeff Fromm, Partner at Barkley, President of FutureCas and David Smart, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Biostar Renewables

It’s not uncommon these days to hear talk of businesses, large and small, developing a purpose statement that has to do with its societal responsibility. Consumers are coming to expect brands to take such a stance as well. Why is that and how should business leaders think about it? But a more important question is this: How does the issue of organizational purpose magnify and support what is happening in the renewable energy movement?  Read more...

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Episode 3: Multiple Approaches To Address The Climate Challenge with James Goudreau

Date: 08/21/20

Guests: James Goudreau, Head of Climate, Novartis Business Services

Multinational corporations have the opportunity to play a unique role in the energy transition. Health care company, Novartis is taking that opportunity seriously, moving the needle significantly when it comes to the company’s own carbon footprint and power usage as well as creating opportunities that smaller organizations may be able to utilize to move their power purchases toward renewable energy faster. Read more...

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Episode 2: Ten Questions About Renewable Energy With GM’s Rob Threlkeld

Date: 08/14/20

Guests: Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager - Sustainable Energy, Supply & Reliability, General Motors

Few people could be considered to be at the epicenter of the renewable energy transition in big business, but this episode’s guest, Rob Threlkeld is one of whom it could be said. With over 19 years of experience in the energy side of General Motors, Rob has led the charge in transitioning the company toward its goal of 100% sourcing of operations from renewable energy. He’s also set the pace for GM’s Global Energy Efforts in Sustainable Energy, Supply, and Reliability. Read more...

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Episode 1: Inspiring Diversity In Energy with Rose McKinney-James

Date: 08/14/20

Guests: Rose McKinney-James, Managing Principal, McKinney-James & Associates and Energy Works LLC 

On this episode, you are in for a treat! Rose McKinney-James is the former President and CEO for the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources, and former Commissioner with the Nevada Public Service Commission. She has a unique and timely perspective from which to speak on the issue of diversity in the energy industry.

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Smart Energy Voices: A Look At The People Behind The Energy Transition

Date: 08/14/20

As the founder of Smart Energy Decisions, John Failla has worked alongside many of the movers and shakers who have committed their lives to the energy transition taking place in our world today. Over that time, he’s marveled at the commitment and passion these amazing professionals have demonstrated to make the transition to clean energy a reality.

It’s these “too good not to be heard” stories, that motivated John to begin a podcast profiling the role these individuals have played — and continue to play — and to help you set your sights higher when it comes to the part you and your organization might play in the transition to clean energy. Listen to get a taste of what is happening behind the scenes of the energy transition. Read more...

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