EPRI Current Podcast

EPRI Current Podcast

Welcome to EPRI Current – bringing you the latest on new and evolving research and findings on the generation, delivery and use of electricity, and how this work benefits society as we shape the future of energy.

Your hosts, Bill Florence and Samantha Gilman, talk to EPRI experts and industry guests who provide insight, context and science-based observations on what’s new – and what is yet to come – in the energy transition.


Bill Florence

Samantha Gilman

Latest Episodes

From Emissions to Solutions: Unpacking the IRA’s Impact on Climate Change

From Emissions to Solutions: Unpacking the IRA’s Impact on Climate Change

Host: Bill Florence

Guests: Dr. John Bistline, Program Manager of EPRI’s Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group and Dr. Jesse Jenkins, Assistant Professor of the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy & Environment at Princeton University.

More than 30 scientists from 17 organizations across the country co-authored an influential article in Science magazine that used different models to analyze potential implications of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provisions, particularly on emissions and energy systems. Among the findings are that IRA provisions may help produce economy-wide emissions reductions between 43 and 48% below 2005 levels by 2035.

Join host Bill Florence as he talks with two of the authors of the Science article about their modeling work and the IRA’s potential climate impacts:

Access the Science article here: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adg3781


Currents of Change: Navigating Hydropower’s Future

Host: Bill Florence

GuestsFrancisco Kuljevan, Hydropower Generation Program Leader, EPRI and Alan Ettlinger, Director of Research, Technology Development and Innovation at the New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Hydroelectric power plays a crucial role in sustainable energy production, utilizing the natural flow of water to generate electricity for homes and businesses.

In this episode of EPRI Current, we will:

  • Take a high-level look at the current state of hydropower
  • Explore the importance of long-duration storage
  • Discuss the importance of flexibility in modernization initiatives to extend the operational life and improve the performance of hydro plants

NYPA is America’s largest state power organization. NYPA’s facilities include the Niagra Power Project, the state’s biggest electricity producer, providing up to 2.6 million kilowatts of clean electricity from 25 turbines using 748,000 gallons of water per second, located less than five miles below Niagara Falls.

Building a Sustainable Future: A 15-Year Research Journey

Building a Sustainable Future: A 15-Year Research Journey

Host: Samantha Gilman

Guests: Sandy Nessing, VP & Chief Sustainability Officer, AEP; Jessica Fox, Principal Technical Executive, EPRI; and Greg Rouse, Senior Technical Leader, EPRI

2024 marks the 15-year anniversary of EPRI’s Energy Sustainability Interest Group (ESIG). The ESIG focuses on developing tools and resources to inform sustainability program development. Collaborators work to tackle the challenges of identifying and understanding sustainability priorities, goals, metrics, and stakeholder engagement.

In this episode of the EPRI Current, host Samantha Gilman and guests Sandy Nessing from AEP, and Jessica Fox and Greg Rouse from EPRI, discuss the ESIG, its inception and the early days of the interest group, and its latest research, focusing on sustainability priorities and metrics for the energy industry.


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