The future of energy is always changing, but one reality is not: we rely on energy to survive, and we absolutely need it to thrive. Whether we’re fueling our cars to get to work, keeping our generators running through a hurricane, or reading our favorite novel by lamplight, energy is a constant presence in our lives. These podcasts will give you an idea where the future of energy is headed, for better or worse.
AEMO is an Australian energy company that sponsors this podcast, which keeps listeners abreast of both global and Australia-specific energy trends and innovations.
Visit their website: energylive.aemo.com.au/Energy-Explained/Energy-101-Electricity
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/aemo-energy-live/id1344689227
This is a how-to podcast created to ‘promote the process of home energy optimization thru home energy audits, insulation, windows, solar and more’. Weekly episodes run around the 40-minute mark. It’s an ‘informative show to help anyone considering solar or home energy upgrades make the best investment decision utilizing the small solar process by reducing before producing’.
Visit their website: browermechanical.com/brower-power-hour-radio-show-archive
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/brower-home-power-hour/id1106408536
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance presents Building Local Power, a podcast that ‘provides a first glimpse at some of [the Institute’s] newest original research and a unique economic perspective on today’s most pressing topics’. The Institute’s mission is to ‘break the chains of monopoly power in all sectors of our economy’, and this bi-weekly podcast works toward that mission.
Visit their website: ilsr.org/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/building-local-power/id1158105558
Dave Karlsgodt hosts this podcast where he talks with ‘with leading campus professionals, thought leaders, engineers and innovators addressing the unique challenges and opportunities facing higher ed.’ Episodes typically last 30-60 minutes and new shows arrive once to twice per month.
Visit their website: campusenergypodcast.com/
David Butler hosts Clean Power Planet, the show ‘for people that can’t wait to switch to renewable energy’. It’s focus is the future of renewable and sustainable energy, what that looks like, and what it’ll take to get there. Monthly episodes typically run 20-40 minutes long.
Visit their website: cleanpowerplanet.com/
The Yale Center for Environmental Communication presents Climat Connections, a podcast ‘about climate change, where we confront reality and share inspiring stories of hope.’ Daily episodes run around 90 seconds long, offering the latest in climate-related news.
Visit their website: https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/?gclid=CjwKCAjwzJjrBRBvEiwA867byuQeaqALtioHsUVwKjh5mF5bdZktQhl4L8n2XXnpPFdanafVM72pQhoC_1wQAvD_BwE
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/climate-connections/id908806755
Greg Dalton hosts this podcast offering ‘candid discussion from climate scientists, policymakers, activists, and concerned citizens’. Weekly episodes typically run around 50 minutes long.
Visit their website: climateone.org/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/climate-one/id296762605
The Cherryland, Michigan Electric Cooperative presents this podcast that’s for a niche audience. The show offers ‘the latest energy news and issues that affect Cherryland Electric Cooperative, your northern Michigan member-owned utility.’ Monthly episodes typically run 25-45 minutes.
Visit their website: cherrylandelectric.coop/podcast/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/co-op-energy-talk/id941871097
This podcast from the esteemed university offers ‘in-depth conversations with the world’s top energy and climate leaders from government, business, academia and civil society.’ Bill Loveless host weekly episodes that usually run 30-40 minutes long.
Visit their website: energypolicy.columbia.edu/podcast/columbia-energy-exchange
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/columbia-energy-exchange/id1081481629
The Energy and National Security Program is behind this podcast that ‘explores policies and regulations, commercial frameworks, and technological solutions that determine our energy future while balancing economic, environmental, and security priorities’. Episodes may run more than three hours, featuring deep dives into specific regions and energy-related issues.
Visit their website: csis.org/topics/energy-sustainability
Cultures of Energy covers ‘serious issues like climate change, species extinction and energy transition’, also aiming to ‘confront seemingly huge and insurmountable problems with insight, creativity and laughter’. Weekly episodes typically run around an hour long.
Visit their website: culturesofenergy.com/category/cultures-of-energy-podcasts/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cultures-of-energy/id1073817284
Host Todd Alexander ‘interviews key business leaders and policymakers to investigate important trends affecting the energy and infrastructure space’ on the Currents podcast. Weekly episodes typically run between 15 and 20 minutes long.
Visit their website: projectfinance.law/podcasts/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/currents/id1167164482
Energy.gov presents Direct Current, a podcast that ‘brings you fresh, insightful stories of how we generate and use electricity, what that means for the planet and the cutting-edge science that’s driving a global energy revolution’. Episodes typically run 25-45 minutes and are released on a varying schedule.
Visit their website: energy.gov/podcasts/direct-current-energygov-podcast
DNV GL Talks Energy is a weekly podcast centered around ‘electrification, the rise of renewables, and new technologies’, which the show’s creators believe are driving the future of energy. Episodes are short, usually lasting 8-12 minutes long.
Visit their website: dnvgl.com/energy/publications/podcast/index.html?
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/dnv-gl-talks-energy/id1196161394
Electrek is a weekly podcast ‘tracking the transition from fossil fuel transportation to electric and the surrounding clean ecosystems’. Frederic Lambert and Seth Weintraub host episodes that usually run from 45 minutes to a bit over an hour.
Visit their website: electrek.co/guides/electrek-podcast/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/electrek/id1320055779
Jay Dauenhauer hosts Energy Cast, a show ‘about the energy sector, with particular focus on business, policy, and economic issues’. Bi-weekly shows typically run between 20 minutes and an hour-plus.
Visit their website: energy-cast.com/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/energy-cast/id1217320964
Giles Parkinson and David Leitch host Energy Insiders, a show featuring the latest in the fields of politics, solar energy, and energy storage. Weekly episodes typically last 35-40 minutes long.
Visit their website: reneweconomy.com.au/series/podcasts/
Energy Intelligence features interviews that expand on a topical news story or trend in the energy industry. Weekly episodes typically last between 15 and 25 minutes.
Visit their website: player.fm/series/energy-intelligence-2374605
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/energy-intelligence/id1090955805
EduMatch Tweet and Talk is a podcast where ‘educators from around the world come together to discuss educational topics’. Weekly episodes typically run 20-40 minutes.
Visit their website: em2u.podbean.com/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/energymatters2u/id1273021654
UPenn’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy sponsors this podcast, which offers ‘clear talk on the policy issues that define our relationship to energy and its impact on society and the environment.’ Episodes typically run 30-45 minutes and are released on a varying schedule.
Visit their website: kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/energy-policy-now
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/energy-policy-now/id1191681161
The EESI specializes in ‘ non-partisan Congressional briefings on key energy and environmental issues’, and that’s what listeners can expect from this podcast. Topics include but are not limited to climate change and greater energy efficiency. Bi-weekly episodes typically run around an hour and a half.
Visit their website: eesi.org/
This podcast ‘tackles topics ranging from renewable energy to long-term operation of the nuclear fleet as we take a closer look at the transforming power system’ through interviews with EPRI researchers. Episodes usually last 20-25 minutes and new shows arrive on a varying schedule.
Visit their website: epri.com/#/?lang=en-US
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/epri-unplugged-podcast-series/id1102893586
This podcast sees the hosts ‘dive into topics and bring on guests to discuss issues affecting utilities, customers, solution providers, and much more.’ Weekly episodes typically run 30-60 minutes and cover topics relevant to energy and utilities.
Visit their website: etsinsights.com/media/podcasts/
Clean Capital presents Experts Only, a bi-monthly podcast oriented on ‘the intersection of energy, finance, and innovation’. Jon Powers hosts episodes that typically run 25-35 minutes long.
Visit their website: cleancapital.com/podcast-experts-only/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/experts-only/id1277844958
Clean Energy CEO Bill Nussey hosts The Freeing Energy Podcast, a show that features ‘energy pioneers from across the globe who are accelerating the shift to clean energy by making their own electric power for their homes, offices, and communities’. Bi-weekly episodes typically run between 25 and 45 minutes long.
Visit their website: freeingenergy.com/podcasts/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-freeing-energy-podcast/id1449023079
Maine-based architects Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan host the Green Architects’ Lounge, where they and guests ‘share their experience, knowledge, music preferences, and cocktail recipes.’ It’s an informal take on green architecture packaged into bi-monthly episodes that typically run just over an hour.
Visit their website: greenbuildingadvisor.com/blog/green-architects-lounge
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/green-architects-lounge/id1443439333
David Dodge hosts this Canadian podcast where he shines a light on ‘the stories of Canadians involved in the green energy revolution’ through interviews. Short, weekly episodes run four minutes long apiece.
Visit their website: greenenergyfutures.ca/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/green-energy-futures/id518439154
Joel Makower and Heather Clancy host GreenBiz 350, a weekly podcast that offers ‘original stories and interviews cover renewable energy, clean technologies, sustainable supply chains, cities, food, climate change and more.’ Episodes typically run 30-45 minutes long.
Visit their website: greenbiz.com/taxonomy/term/1418
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/greenbiz-350/id1056734780
The Oregon Department of Energy presents Grounded, a podcast that’s all about ‘talking energy in the Beaver State – from renewable energy and the history of nuclear power to utilities, businesses, nonprofits, schools, and Oregon families going green and making a difference.’ Shows arrive on a varying monthly schedule and typically run 15-30 minutes long.
Visit their website: energyinfo.oregon.gov/grounded-podcast
ICIS presents this family of energy-themed podcasts that offer ‘energy prices and market information for the global energy markets,’ among other topics. Episodes vary in length and release schedule.
Visit their website: icisenergynews.podomatic.com/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/icis-energy-podcasts/id1458867724
Iluminators is an examination of business in a way that aims to help energy companies adapt to the future. The show hosts ‘tell stories about how businesses or industries have managed disruption throughout history’ and explore what energy companies can take away from those stories. Weekly episodes typically run 25-35 minutes.
Visit their website: kindergartenkiosk.com/podcast
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/illuminators/id1464938655
PwC UK presents Innovation in Energy, a show whose hosts ‘examine the accelerating changes and the innovators who are tackling the sector, as it becomes increasingly digital, distributed and personalized.’ Monthly episodes typically run 15-30 minutes.
Visit their website: pwc.co.uk/industries/power-utilities/insights/innovation-in-energy-podcast-series.html
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/innovation-in-energy/id1314977361
John Farrell hosts Local Energy Rules, where he ‘interviews leaders in local renewable energy development, people who have struggled to create community energy projects and change policy to make them easier’. Bi-weekly shows typically run 15-25 minutes long.
Visit their website: ilsr.org/local-energy-rules-podcast-homepage/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/local-energy-rules/id595698022
One of the most revered institutions in higher learning presents this podcast, which is hosted at MIT and offers interviews about where the future of energy is headed. Shows typically run 20-55 minutes long and are released on a varying schedule.
Visit their website: energy.mit.edu/podcast/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mit-energy-initiative/id1348837449
The hosts of Montel Weekly bring on ‘key industry experts to share insights and to discuss latest developments’ in the energy markets of Europe and abroad. Weekly episodes typically run 15-30 minutes long.
Visit their website: buzzsprout.com/257968
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/montel-weekly/id1456653433
Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago & UChicago Podcast Network presents Off the Charts Energy, a show that features ‘analysis of today’s top trends and policies grounded in the latest evidence off the charts.’ Episodes drop every 2-3 weeks and typically run between 20 and 60-plus minutes apiece.
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/off-the-charts-energy-podcast/id1107598182
The USC Schwarzenegger Institute presents Political Climate, a podcast that ‘goes beyond the echo chambers to bring you civil conversations, fierce debates and insider perspectives, with hosts and guests from across the political spectrum.’ Weekly episodes typically run between 30 minutes and an hour.
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/political-climate/id1371456031?mt=2
Alex Epstein hosts this podcast, which explores ‘controversies such as “green energy,” offshore drilling, “energy independence,” and fossil fuels’. Weekly episodes each feature a new guest interview and usually run somewhere between 45 and 60 minutes.
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/power-hour-with-alex-epstein/id465769847
Laurent Segalen and Gerard Reid host Redefining Energy, a show that ‘explores every month the major changes taking place in the increasingly complex and fast-moving world of energy’. Those monthly episodes typically run around 20 minutes long.
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/redefining-energy/id1439197083
Giles Parkinson and Nigel Morris examine ‘the ins & outs of the solar industry and what it means for consumers’ on this bi-weekly podcast that typically lasts 30-55 minutes long.
Benoy Thanjan hosts Solar Maverick, the podcast branded as ‘the insider’s guide to where the solar and energy markets meet entrepreneurship and trailblazing.’ Weekly episodes typically run between 25 and 45 minutes long.
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/solar-maverick-podcast/id1441876259
Barbara Bray hosts the Rethinking Learning Podcast, where she has ‘conversations with educators, leaders, and change agents to discuss the future of learning.’ Episodes typically run 30-40 minutes and arrive on a varying schedule.
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/solar-power-world/id1457220396
BayWa r.e. Solar Systems presents Solar r.e.view, ‘a podcast for contractors who want to dive a little deeper into the increasingly complicated solar industry’. It’s a monthly show ‘focused on helping local installers run healthy and profitable businesses’, with shows usually running around 30 minutes long.
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/baywa-r-e-solar-systems/id1224243000
Yann Brandt hosts Solar Wakeup Live!, ‘the insider’s guide to the solar and energy markets’. The hosts and guests from the energy industry ‘walk you through the most important issues in energy’ impacting businesses in the energy sector. Episodes run every 1-2 weeks and typically last 25-50 minutes long.
The Straight Talk Solar Cast is focused on, of all things, solar. The latest in solar, how you can get involved in solar, basically everything about solar. Episodes typically run 15-20 minutes and are released on a varying schedule.
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/straight-talk-solar-cast/id1104695294
Nico Johnson hosts SunCast, a podcast ‘dedicated to providing the knowledge, research, tools and expert guidance you need to understand, grown and be ahead of the curve in the fastest growing solar markets in the world’. Weekly episodes typically run 30-60 minutes.
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/suncast/id1045871373
Jay Siegel & Scott Breen host Sustainability Defined, a podcsat that ‘defines sustainability, one concept (and bad joke) at a time’. Their seven sectors guide the show: Energy, Cities, Natural Environment, Transportation, Business, Policy, and Social. Monthly episodes typically run around the hour mark.
Visit their website: sustainabilitydefined.com/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sustainabilitydefined/id1106747837?mt=2
Bloomberg presents Switched On, a podcast about the ‘ future of energy, transport, sustainability and more’. Bloomberg NEF researchers join the show to talk with hosts Mark Taylor and Dana Perkins about their latest findings. Weekly episodes typically run between 25 and 40 minutes.
Visit their website: bloomberg.com/podcasts/switched_on
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/switched-on/id1469286286
The Massachusetts Climate Action Network presents The Climate Minute, a show that ‘examines current news on global warming, climate change, renewable energy and the prospects for progress on international negotiations, carbon taxes and clean energy policy.’ 15-25 minute episodes are released every three days.
Visit their website: massclimateaction.podbean.com/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-climate-minute/id589025783
The Energy Gang is a weekly, hour-long podcast that where the hosts and their guests ‘debate and discuss the latest trends in energy, cleantech, renewables, and the environment.’ They shine a light on the ‘transforming energy markets in America and around the world’.
Visit their website: greentechmedia.com/podcast/the-energy-gang#gs.5wsijc
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-energy-gang/id663379413
The point of The Energy Hour is to ‘provide vital information and educate to the public so individuals and entities can understand their energy consumption, billing costs today and future, as well as the options available to make informed decisions’. Weekly episodes usually last between 45 minutes and an hour.
Visit their website: stitcher.com/podcast/the-energy-hour-podcast
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-energy-hour-podcast/id1463220740
Andrew Crossland and Barnaby Smeaton host The Energy Mix, a UK-focused energy podcast that aims ‘to provide a focus on a hot topic of the day such as the Paris Accord or new nuclear plants.’ Broader themes include ‘energy news, covering a range of technologies, from electricity and heat to transport and storage’. Bi-weekly episodes usually run 25 to 45 minutes long.
Visit their website: soundcloud.com/energy-mix-podcast
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-energy-mix-podcast/id1252250699
Shell presents The Energy Podcast, a show that takes on the question of ‘how to meet growing energy demand while urgently reducing carbon dioxide emissions.’ Guests include ‘engineers at the pioneering edge of science and technology, the experts tracking progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, and the entrepreneurs working to drive the change’. 15-20 minute episodes arrive once to twice per month.
Visit their website: shell.com/inside-energy/the-energy-podcast.html
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-energy-podcast/id1458208265?mt=2
Barry Cinnamon hosts The Energy Show, a weekly radio show-podcast that runs 20 minutes per episode. The aim is simple: provide ‘practical money-saving tips on ways to reduce your home and business energy consumption’.
Visit their website: cinnamon.energy/the-energy-show-2/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-energy-show/id986907878
Chris Nelder hosts The Energy Transition Show, where he ‘ interviews some of the smartest and most knowledgeable people in energy, exploring global infrastructure and markets during the ongoing transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewables.’ Bi-weekly episodes typically run around 30 minutes long.
Visit their website: xenetwork.org/ets/
This is the rare electric vehicle-themed podcast that offers ‘interesting stories, almost breaking news, a pinch of wit and a dash of banter’. The show focuses on the themes of ‘EVs, renewable energy and sustainability’ in a way that’s fun, above all. Weekly episodes typically last between 30 and 45 minutes.
Visit their website: fullycharged.show/podcasts/podcast-1/
Greentech Media presents The Interchange, a podcast where hosts Stephen Lacey and Shayle Kann ‘take you on a tour of the global energy transformation, providing provide insight into technology trends, markets, and companies, making for wonky and entertaining listening’. New episodes arrive on a varying schedule and typically run 30-60 minutes long.
Visit their website: greentechmedia.com/podcast/the-interchange#gs.5x7nu9
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-interchange/id1221460035?mt=2
POWER Magazine presents The POWER Podcast, hosted by Editor Aaron Larson. The POWER Podcast is the podcast that ‘provides listeners with insight into the latest news and technology that is poised to affect the power industry’. Weekly episodes typically run between ten and 30 minutes, and sometimes longer.
Visit their website: powermag.com/the-power-podcast/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-power-podcast/id1288196696
The Sounds of Solar is a podcast ‘dedicated to those who feel solar energy will be the primary source of energy for the world, and we plan to introduce you to the early innovators in the field.’ The show’s aim is also ‘to help an entire new generation into the field, so our efforts will also be directed at college students with advice on how to achieve your dreams in solar’. Bi-weekly episodes typically run between 40 and 60 minutes long.
Visit their website: evs-eng.com/sounds-solar/
Fergal Byrne hosts The Sustainability Agenda, the bi-weekly podcast where ‘leading sustainability thinkers offer their views on the biggest sustainability challenges, share the latest thinking, identify what’s working – and what needs to change – and think about the future of sustainability’. Episodes usually run between 30 and 60 minutes long.
Visit their website: thesustainabilityagenda.com/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sustainability-agenda/id1147166189
Anthony Day hosts The Sustainable Futures Report, a show about ‘surviving climate change, resource depletion, the energy crisis – and staying profitable’. Weekly episodes are typically between 20 and 30 minutes long.
Visit their website: anthonyday.blogspot.com/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sustainable-futures-report/id313473372
This Week in Cleantech is a weekly show where host David Hunt ‘interviews leading start-up and scale-up founders and industry leaders to bring key learnings from their journey, successes, and mistakes.’ Shows typically run around the 45-minute mark.
Visit their website: thisweekincleantech.com/
Listen on iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-week-in-cleantech/id1442356042
This podcast has a ‘focus on seven urgent global challenges that must be addressed to reduce poverty, grow economies and protect natural systems: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, cities, and the ocean.’ Episodes are released on a varying schedule and can run anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour.
Visit their website: wri.org/podcasts