In this podcast season, MREA Executive Director Nick Hylla talks to a range of professionals working to improve the energy system in Midwest states. The discussions focus on the decisions we’ll need to make in regard to electric utility regulation, distributed energy resources, building energy efficiency, large-scale solar, and wind development, transmission build-out, small modular nuclear reactors, electric vehicles, critical mineral needs, workforce readiness, energy justice, and more. For each episode, we’ll also share background research and resources for you to continue exploring topics that interest you.
The plan is to electrify the economy. Reduce the combustion of fossil fuels for heating and transportation by replacing them with electricity from a grid powered by low-carbon sources like solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear. With a trifecta of federal legislation, the federal government is investing in this process at an unprecedented scale. The investment, however, will meet a complex, capital-intensive, and calcified energy market with layers of decision-making and differing and often opposing views of the future at every level. The actual impact of the legislation will depend on the implementation of its many provisions.
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