Chris Nelder,

Chris Nelder

California, United States

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Recent articles by Chris:

Energy Transition Show: 6-Year Anniversary Show

In this show, we welcome back energy researcher Jonathan Koomey to help us review some of the hot topics in energy transition → Read More

No Limits

Are there fundamental limits to the energy transition that will slow it down, or prevent us from decarbonizing our energy systems? → Read More

Resilient and Reliable Power

As areas like California and Texas struggle amid wildfires, extreme freezes, high winds and other challenges, and take measures to keep the lights on, it’s worth pausing to consider what “resilient” and “reliable” grid power means from the perspective of grid planning. → Read More

Energy and Emissions after COVID

What trajectory of global energy consumption and carbon emissions can we expect as the world starts to recover from the COVID pandemic in the years ahead? → Read More

Hydrogen Economy 2.0 Part 2

This is part two of our interview with Dr. Simon Evans of Carbon Brief about their extensive survey of the developing hydrogen economy. → Read More

Energy and Climate in the Biden Administration

What will the Biden-Harris administration mean for America’s energy transition, its relationship with the rest of the world, and for global action on climate? → Read More

The Economic Superorganism

Will we run into fundamental limits on resources and debt? Or can human ingenuity and technological innovation continue to overcome any limits we encounter? → Read More

Internalizing Climate Risk

From ‘natural’ disasters causing property damage, to climate mitigation measures rendering fossil fuel assets unburnable, to potential impacts of climate change on agricultural production, energy, food, insurance, real estate, and other sectors, it’s clear that private sector companies and all kinds of investments stand to suffer significant losses as a consequence of climate change. → Read More

Energy Basics: The Electricity Business and Power Markets

We hope these episodes will give you a bit more familiarity with the terms and concepts of energy, and help to fill in some of the knowledge that you were never offered in school. → Read More

Energy Basics: What is Energy?

If you have found yourself occasionally challenged to follow some of the more technical conversations we have here, or even if you just want to brush up on the fundamentals, this mini-series is for you! → Read More

Transition as Wildfire Adaptation in California

We are fortunate to have Michael Wara as our guest in this episode—a bona fide expert on the subject who is a member of the state-appointed wildfire commission in California—to help us think through this complex web of issues and understand how to start plotting a new path into the future. → Read More

Energy Transition in India and Southeast Asia, Part 1

India is more likely one of the world’s great success stories in energy transition than one of the world’s largest upcoming carbon emitters. → Read More

Is Transition Worth It?

Are investments in energy transition, especially for public dollars in the form of incentives or subsidies, worth it? Do investments pay off? → Read More

Foreign Aid for Microgrids

If you wanted to build a standalone microgrid in Africa powered by local renewable resources, and make it able to run a local clinic, how would you do it? → Read More

Community Choice Aggregations (CCAs)

What are community choice aggregations, or CCAs, and why are they suddenly playing such a huge role in wholesale power markets? → Read More

How to Limit Warming to 1.5°C without CCS

We explore a new paper outlining a climate scenario that would limit warming to 1.5°C without relying on negative emission technologies. → Read More

The Future of Solar

The cost of solar has dropped so quickly that we’re suddenly in a world nobody really anticipated. Utility power procurement is having to pivot to solar → Read More

Western Grid Regionalization

California and 12 other US states, plus parts of Canada and Mexico, are considering grid regionalization, in order to increase the flow of reliable, affordable, and renewable power across the West. → Read More

Climate Science – Jet Stream

In this ninth part of our mini-series on climate science, we turn to one of the key suspects in extreme weather events we have experienced in recent years—the shifting shape of the North Atlantic jet stream. → Read More

Ask Eric Gimon

In this episode, energy expert Eric Gimon answers questions submitted by Energy Transition Show subscribers on a wide range of topics... → Read More