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Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast Episode #9: 'Transportation, Nuclear, and the Kitchen Sink to Tackle Climate Change’ with Charles Bayless

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On this episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, we are joined by Charles Bayless. Charles Bayless is retired after a long and esteemed career in the utility industry that took him from Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to the Climate Institute to E Source to Pike Electric and many other stops in between. But just because he’s retired doesn’t mean Charles hasn’t stayed busy, and in fact he’s taken to the Energy Central community to share his wisdom and insights on the climate crisis and what we need to do collectively to tackle this largest of challenges.

Charles shares his views on transportation, on nuclear energy, on VARS technology, and what it will take to decarbonize utilities and society generally, and his decades of experience carry much weight with them. Listen in as Charles imparts his wisdom about how it takes unreasonable people to truly change the world!

Key Links:

Charles Bayless’s Energy Central Profile: https://energycentral.com/member/profile/235468/about

Why Economics makes it so hard to solve Climate Change: https://energycentral.com/c/cp/why-economics-makes-it-so-hard-solve-climate-change

Ocean Acidification – The Evil Twin: https://energycentral.com/c/cp/ocean-acidification-evil-twin

Nuclear Energy – Our best weapon against Climate Change: https://energycentral.com/c/pip/nuclear-energy-our-best-weapon-against-clliamte-change

Climate Change – Physics 101: https://energycentral.com/c/cp/climate-change-physics-101

As a reminder, the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast be looking for the authors of the most insightful articles and the members with most impactful voices within the Energy Central community and we'll invite them to discuss further so we can dive even deeper into these compelling topics. Posting twice per month (on the first and third Tuesdays), we'll seek to connect with professionals in the utility industry who are engaging in creative or innovative work that will be of interest to their colleagues and peers across the Energy Central community. 

The Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast is hosted by Jason PriceCommunity Ambassador of Energy Central. Jason is a Business Development Executive at West Monroe Partners, working in the East Coast Energy and Utilities Group. Jason is joined in the podcast booth by the producer of the podcast, Matt Chester, who is also the Community Manager of Energy Central and energy analyst/independent consultant in energy policy, markets, and technology.  

If you want to be a guest on a future episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, let us know! We’ll be pulling guests from our community members who submit engaging content that gets our community talking, and perhaps that next guest will be you! Likewise, if you see an article submitted by a fellow Energy Central community member that you’d like to see broken down in more detail in a conversation, feel free to send us a note to nominate them.  For more information, contact us at community@energycentral.com. Podcast interviews are free for Expert Members and professionals who work for a utility.  We have package offers available for solution providers and vendors. 

Happy listening, and stay tuned for episode #10 in a few weeks! Like what you hear, have a suggestion for future episodes, or a question for our guest? Leave a note in the comments below.

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Discussions

Rami Reshef's picture
Rami Reshef on Mar 26, 2020

Thank you Charles, it was a great pleasure to listen to your voice of experience, we can all benefit from your capability to synthesize a broad and deep expanse of scientific and business knowledge gained from your many years in the energy sector and learn from the important conclusions you share with us - and especially, to heed your call: If as you say - the market will not handle climate change on its own - it is up to us to encourage citizens and policy makers to take the steps needed and bring about climate action. 

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Gary Hilberg on Mar 27, 2020

A very insightful interview bringing simplicity to complex topics.  Love the comparison of packaged aeroderivative gas turbines to the potential of small modular reactors - hopefully Charles is correct.  The focus on externalites is very important, our actions impact others and others impact us - particularly with carbon and climate change.  

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