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Climate Talk with Gaby and Shaila - Episode 1 - Bill Nussey

October 3, 2022

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Gabriela Herculano and Shaila Khan Leekha


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Episode 1 of Climate Talk with Gaby and Shaila features Bill Nussey, an experienced tech CEO and founder of the Freeing Energy Project, whose mission is to accelerate the shift to cleaner, cheaper energy.

Bill's journey in to the world of clean energy began with his TED talk which lead to numerous articles, his top ten energy podcast The Freeing Energy Podcast and his upcoming book Freeing Energy which aims to help readers understand a powerful new approach to accelerating the shift to clean energy. The core ideas focus on decentralized (or local) energy, novel business models, and new approaches to ownership and finance, ideas that iClima have written a number of articles on and that are the focus of our distributed renewable energy index.

Freeing Energy is available to pre-order from Amazon and ships December 7th 2021.


The transition to clean energy is moving far too slowly. Trapped by a century of fossil fuel investments and politicians that struggle to plan beyond the next election, the "Big Grid" that powers our modern world is outdated and in dire need of an upgrade. Freeing Energy offers a new and faster path towards a clean energy future-one that is more reliable, more equitable, and cheaper. Just like personal computers eclipsed mainframes, millions of solar rooftops and small battery systems are challenging every assumption about our century-old, centralized electric grid. These small-scale "local energy" systems are deeply disruptive because they are based on fast-moving technologies, not fuels. Driven by a new generation of innovators and genuinely competitive markets, smaller systems are faster to build, easier to finance, cleaner to operate, and they create far more jobs than large-scale projects.

Bill Nussey takes readers to mud huts in Africa, an off-grid farm in California, and a rural school in the mountains of Puerto Rico to uncover the underlying patterns of technology and the business model innovations of the local energy revolution. He shares stories and insights from some of the industry's brightest visionaries and from leaders of the most cutting-edge startups, bringing it all together into an actionable framework to help accelerate this transition.

Freeing Energy is a deeply researched, actionable guide for anyone that cares about the future of energy-from startups, policymakers, investors, and utility leaders to the families and communities that want cleaner, cheaper energy today.

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