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5 Energy Management & Sustainability Podcasts

Podcasts aren’t new. According to Wikipedia, podcasting—originally called “audioblogging”—began in the 1980s but really came to prominence 15–20 years ago. What is new is my obsession with podcasts. I may be late to the game, but I’m making up for lost time by listening daily to a wide range of podcasts that entertain and educate.

My research uncovered numerous energy management- and sustainability-focused podcasts. I list five of them below, along with their provided descriptions.

Beyond the Meter by Smart Energy Decisions
Beyond the Meter addresses timely topics of interest to executives responsible for renewable energy procurement and distributed energy resources at Fortune 1000 companies, higher education, and cities. Each episode delivers insights and information that listeners can use to make smarter energy decisions beyond the meter. You may also want to check out another Smart Energy Decisions podcast, Smart Energy Voices.

The Energy Gang by Greentech Media
Looking to understand the fast-changing world of energy? Every week, the Energy Gang debate and discuss the latest trends in energy, cleantech, renewables, and the environment. Join the gang as they explore the forces transforming energy markets in America and around the world.

Direct Current by Energy.gov
Direct Current is a podcast about energy—the kind that lights our homes, powers our lives, and shapes our world. From the U.S. Department of Energy’s digital team in Washington, D.C., Direct Current presents fresh, insightful stories of how we generate and use electricity, what that means for the planet, and the cutting-edge science that’s driving a global energy revolution.

Energy Sense by VLED
Hosted by Chris Rawlings, Founder & Chief Energy Officer of VLED.energy, the Energy Sense podcast explores ideas, trends and changes in the energy sector. Guest experts from the worlds of engineering, building science, technology, real estate, construction, and environment.

The Energy Show by Cinnamon Energy Systems
The Energy Show is hosted by Barry Cinnamon, the head of Cinnamon Energy Systems and Spice Solar. Barry’s weekly 30-minute talk show covers a broad variety of energy-related topics. Subjects include the technology, economics, policy, and politics that are shaping the future of how we generate and consume electricity, along with practical money-saving tips on ways to reduce your home and business energy consumption.

If you know of an energy- or sustainability-related podcast—or other source of timely industry news— that you feel your peers would enjoy, please post it here in the Comments section.

[1] History of Podcasting, Wikipedia.