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The shift from fossil fuels to clean energy may prove to be the largest and most disruptive energy transition in history. Solar and batteries will unlock the century-old electric monopolies, unleashing a new era of innovation, entrepreneurship and customer choice.

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Host Bill Nussey talks with Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, about their inspiring success at helping close almost half the coal plants in the US over the last decade

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Washington, DC has rediscovered the climate. Democratic rising star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is championing the New Green Deal. We take a look inside this climate manifesto to see what’s really there and whether it can be a blueprint for a clean energy future.

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Clean energy headlines from January:
* Corporate clean energy purchases in 2018 shattered all previous records. 
* Tesla Model 3 outsold every other luxury vehicle in 2018.
* Germany gets more energy from renewables than coal in 2018. 
* US Government predicts clean energy will dominate grid buildouts in 2019. 

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Freeing Energy host Bill Nussey talks with Guzman Energy’s Chris Riley about growing up in a coal mining town and how it shaped his thinking as he took on a giant utility.

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After the 2011 collapse of cleantech investing, the industry is starting to show signs of life once again. Investors are slowly dusting off their checkbooks. This article has four core questions and five parts of the value chain that investors should consider as they fund new cleantech companies.

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How did David stand up to Goliath? In this modern-day take, hear the story about how two local energy champions in Taos, New Mexico, took on a giant utility.

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Cleantech is one of the biggest and most exciting technology industries today. But, despite the buzz, it remains complex and opaque. This article breaks it down into bite-sized chunks and explains how the terms and segments fit together.

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On the inaugural episode of The Freeing Energy Podcast, co-host Sam Easterby interviews founder Bill Nussey on the details of Bill’s personal journey in the world of local, decentralized energy – and where he sees that journey taking him.

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Looking back, 2018 was an amazing year for clean energy. Price and installation records were shattered across the globe. EVs took off. Grid scale batteries proved they worked at scale. Even the US solar tariffs were not enough to stop the clean energy juggernaut.

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Even conservative estimates forecast that transitioning to clean energy will require trillions of dollars of investments. Where will all this money come from? For better or worse, most of it will come from traditional sources like banks and governments. But, even thought it’s relatively smaller, venture capital will play a critical, catalytic role by lowering the risks for every other type of investment.

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Clean energy is one of the largest business opportunities in history. But, in 2011, the US venture capital industry lost over $10 billion betting on it. What led to this cleantech collapse? And what did we learn as funding for cleantech is on the rise again?

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