Flux Capacitor

por Francis Bradley

The Flux Capacitor podcast features discussions with business and thought leaders of the electricity industry on the future of the business of electricity. The discussions touch on how we create, move, trade, and use energy, with each guest adding their own expertise and perspective to the conversation. What will be the impacts of technological change? How will markets and customer demands respond to new technology? What will c ...   ...  Leer más

Episodios del podcast

  • Temporada 5

  • Episode 93: The state of Canadian renewable energy with Vittoria Bellissimo

    Episode 93: The state of Canadian renewable energy with Vittoria Bellissimo

    Canadian Renewable Energy Association President & CEO, Vittoria Bellissimo in conversation with host Francis Bradley on the state of wind, solar and energy storage in Canada, and the prospects for the future. They discuss the role of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association, recent growth in the sector, the recent pause on approvals in Alberta, barriers to growth and investment, the importance of grid diversity, and the federal investment tax credit regime as a response to the Inflation Reduction Act in the US. They talk about the Electricity Transition Hub, and close the conversation with reflections on Indigenous reconciliation.   Links:   Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA): https://renewablesassociation.ca/   Vittoria Bellissimo on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vittoria-bellissimo-9298473a/?originalSubdomain=ca   Electricity Transition Hub: https://renewablesassociation.ca/electricity-transition-hub/

  • Episode 92: Decarbonizing Transportation with Toyota’s Stephen Beatty

    Episode 92: Decarbonizing Transportation with Toyota’s Stephen Beatty

    Toyota Canada Inc’s Vice-President, Corporate, Stephen Beatty, in conversation with host Francis Bradley. They discuss Toyota’s view of multiple pathways to decarbonizing transportation and other policy options to zero emission vehicle mandates. They talk about the best technologies for different transportation applications, touch on the future of hydrogen, and how e-fuels may be part of our future. They close the conversation with a recommendation for an addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club   Links: Stephen Beatty at Toyota Canada Inc.: https://media.toyota.ca/en/bios/2014/stephen-beatty.html Background on e-fuels: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrofuel  Book recommendation: Who Ate the First Oyster?: The Extraordinary People Behind the Greatest Firsts in History, by Cody Cassidy: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52508868-who-ate-the-first-oyster

  • Episode 91: Electrifying Transportation, with EMC’s Daniel Breton

    Episode 91: Electrifying Transportation, with EMC’s Daniel Breton

    The President and CEO of the Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), Daniel Breton, in conversation with host Francis Bradley. They discuss the role EMC plays in promoting the electrification of transportation, popular misconceptions about electric vehicles, zero emission vehicle mandates, what EMCs opinion research has shown, and the intransigence of some, not all, car manufacturers. They close the conversation with a recommendation for a very timely report for addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club. Links: Electric Mobility Canada (EMC): https://emc-mec.ca/ Daniel Breton on X, (formerly Twitter): https://twitter.com/DBretonEMC_MEC Daniel Breton on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-breton-b8a3b1a4/ Book recommendation: Time for a U-Turn: Automakers’ History of Intransigence and an Opportunity for Change, by Union of Concerned Scientists: https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/time-u-turn

  • Episode 90: The State of Reliability with Jim Robb

    Episode 90: The State of Reliability with Jim Robb

    The President and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Jim Robb, in conversation with host Francis Bradley. They discuss the role NERC plays in ensuring reliability of the North American electricity system, the current state of reliability, the latest long term assessment, what the drivers are of future electricity demand growth, and the evolving threat environment for the grid. They also talk about collaboration to secure the grid, and Jim’s experience and an electric vehicle owner. They close the conversation with a book recommendation for the Flux Capacitor Book Club. Links: North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC): https://www.nerc.com/Pages/default.aspx James B. (Jim) Robb at NERC: https://www.nerc.com/AboutNERC/exec/Documents/James_Robb_execbio.pdf 2023 Long-Term Reliability Assessment: https://www.nerc.com/pa/RAPA/ra/Reliability%20Assessments%20DL/NERC_LTRA_2023.pdf 2023-2024 Winter Reliability Assessment: https://www.nerc.com/pa/RAPA/ra/Reliability%20Assessments%20DL/NERC_WRA_2023.pdf Book recommendation: A Soldier’s Story, by Omar N. Bradley https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/664372.A_Soldier_s_Story

  • Episode 89: The Future of Electricity Keynote 2023

    Episode 89: The Future of Electricity Keynote 2023

    Podcast host and CEO of Electricity Canada, Francis Bradley, provides a summary of what he has learned on the podcast from previous guests, and has applied to a picture of what the electricity sector may look like in 50 years. At this year's Powering Partnerships summit, Francis talked about the future of electricity, applying Wright’s Law to what he’s been learning from this podcast and extrapolating it out to 2073. He starts with a quick trip to the beginning of the past century, then takes the audience to the future to see how international climate cooperation, technology, markets, and the customer experience have changed the electricity business by 2073. Links: The Future of Electricity presentation (in PDF) Electricity Canada: https://www.electricity.ca/