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Three current events that shine a light on how the energy transition is going

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The energy transition is currently supported by three main pillars: science and technology, economics and policy. In 2022 these three pillars are unaligned, with a lack of cohesion impeding progress. In today’s episode of The Energy Gang, the team explores three current events that highlight and exemplify the current state of the energy transition in the US and beyond.

The gang starts with the future of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. The original bill included a lot of provisions that were hugely important for low-carbon energy in the US. It died in Congress late last year after Senator Joe Manchin declined to support it. The big question now is: can anything be salvaged from that agenda and where do we go from here?

The US government’s investigation into the alleged dumping of imported solar panels has reportedly had a “devastating” impact on planned solar projects. Is now the time to create a domestic economy for solar panels or are we still too reliant on cheap imports?

The role of hydrogen in the energy transition is an ongoing debate. There is, of course, huge interest in the potential for low-carbon hydrogen in a zero-emissions energy system. But what role can hydrogen really play? And might other options be better for some uses?

Today we’re delighted to welcome back both Melissa Lott and Robbie Orvis. Melissa is the Director of Research at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, and Robbie Orvis is the Senior Director of Policy Design at Energy Innovation. As always, your host Ed Crooks is here to anchor and lead the discussion.

Stick around for a thrilling conversation about policy, technology and innovation. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @theenergygang and let us know what you thought of today's episode.

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