Together in Climate Action Summit: The Evolution of the Electric Grid

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This special episode is part of MIT’s Together in Climate Action Summit, which is focused on sharing climate leadership strategies and exploring pathways forward in Northeastern North America.

In this episode, we interview Frank O’Sullivan, Director of Research at MIT Energy Initiative and an expert in electricity.

Frank teaches us about technology, market, and policy shifts in the electricity sector, such as renewable sources, energy storage, and flexible dynamic pricing. We consider how these advances will affect consumers and the climate, and how social equity can be improved in the transition.  

Additionally, Frank previews the upcoming Summit panel on regional coordination of electricity policy. We ask Frank how this might reduce policy fragmentation in North America, and lead to a more resilient and climate-friendly electric grid.

If you’d like to learn more about the Together in Climate Action Summit, which runs December 7th & 8th 2017, visit


Rick Shankman's picture

Yep, we are definitely

Yep, we are definitely entering a new electric grid paradigm...

"The pushback against renewable energy has been years in the making.

Four years ago, the Edison institute, an industry group made up of the country’s largest investor-owned electric companies, declared that the business of generating electricity was in danger of being sucked into what has since become known as a 'utility death spiral.'...

A study released this year by the federal Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, however, concluded that for the vast majority of states and utilities, the effects of rooftop solar credits on electricity rates for nonsolar customers would be negligible for the foreseeable future. The Edison institute disputes that study’s findings.

...To fashion a legislative response, utilities turned to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a conservative nonprofit that receives funding from the billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch."

Should be a really great Energy Summit this month at the (Koch brothers sponsored) MIT.