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Grid Forward Chats

Grid Forward’s podcast series with industry leaders on what lies ahead for our electric grid. Hosted by Bryce Yonker, executive director of Grid Forward. Season5 of Grid Forward Chats is sponsored by Virtual Peaker.


Last Episode Date: 8 May 2024

Total Episodes: 59

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8 May 2024
Episode 6, Season 5 – Scaling Virtual Power Plants to Their Fullest Potential

Maintaining a flexible energy grid is critical to modern day power. Decarbonation goals, policy changes and a migration of people due to the pandemic have all drastically changed the landscape of power supply needs in recent years. On top of that, consumers are adopting dist...

43 min
30 April 2024
Episode 5, Season 5 - How AI Can Help Us Build a More Resilient, Decarbonized, and Secure Grid

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to accelerate innovation in the energy grid in terms of resiliency, decarbonization and security. AI has already shown how it can analyze vast amounts of data to help grid operators make near-real-time decisions. As the grid digitize...

38 min
18 April 2024
Episode 4, Season 5 – How Rates and Markets Can Help Meet Rising Demand with APS and EEI

Demand for electricity has exploded over the past several years, and nowhere more so than at Arizona Public Service Company. Grid hardening, storage solutions, flexible rates, transmission projects, federal investments — all of these are part of the solution to make the g...

35 min
8 April 2024
Episode 3, Season 5 – Making the Grid Modern and Affordable

The National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) represents the interests of utility consumers before state and federal regulators and in the courts. David Springe, Executive Director of NASUCA, discusses how modernizing the grid impacts affordability fo...

35 min
20 March 2024
Episode 2, Season 5 - Shifting Energy Market Dynamics: A Conversation with The Leaders of AESO, ERCOT and SPP

On this episode, we have three leaders from organized energy markets to address the shifting dynamics within the industry. They discuss which technologies are being developed in their various regions and how those assets are impacting the energy market. Bryce also asks our g...

38 min
7 March 2024
Episode 1, Season 5 – Discussion with the White House: The Federal Toolkit to Advance the Grid

To kick off this podcast season we have Whitney Muse, Senior Policy Advisor at the White House in the Office of Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation for a conversation about the federal toolkit of resources that are in place to help advance the grid. This includes bill...

31 min
10 October 2023
Episode 11, Season 4 – Leading the Nation’s Largest Energy Delivery Company to Invest in Local Communities

Even though Exelon is the largest energy delivery company in America, the company is committed to investing in local communities and helping all of their operating utilities achieve their goals. CEO Calvin Butler discusses how Exelon turns government policies into action and...

38 min
30 August 2023
Episode 10, Season 4 – The Complex Barriers to Building Transmission Infrastructure

What are the barriers to building transmission infrastructure? We know them well as planning, permitting, and paying. Rob Gramlich (founder and president of Grid Strategies LLC, executive director of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid and executive director of the WATT Coalit...

44 min
30 August 2023
Episode 9, Season 4 – Wildfire & The Grid and Firsthand Account of Lahaina Fires

This special episode of Grid Forward chats starts with a conversation with Katherine Blunt, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal. Katherine recently published book California Burning which has been widely read and details PG&E in regard to the devastating California w...

49 min
11 August 2023
Episode 8, Season 4 – Building Out the Global Supply Chain to Support a Clean Energy Future

Henry Sanderson, Executive Director of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence and author Volt Rush, wrote the book after he became aware of the scale of the resources needed for the clean energy transition. For the supply chain to provide the materials necessary for next-generation ...

29 min
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