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IREC: The Energy Optimist Podcast: Teaching an Old Grid New Tricks

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This podcast explores how large-scale electricity and distributed energy resources can work together to help us transition to a 100% clean energy future. Because hope is not optional.

A growing number of states and the federal government have set ambitious climate and clean energy goals, including achieving a carbon-free energy system, completely phasing out fossil fuels, and ensuring a just and equitable transition to sustainable energy for disadvantaged and frontline communities. This transition will require both large-scale electric generation and smaller-scale, customer-sited resources, like solar, storage, geothermal, and energy efficiency. Large-scale resources alone can’t get us to a 100% clean, renewable, and equitable clean energy future without breaking the bank, and they might not be the most effective way to achieve major greenhouse gas emissions cuts. This episode explores how large-scale electricity and distributed energy resources can work together to help us transition to a 100% clean energy future. Because hope is not optional.

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