EPRI UNPLUGGED Podcast Series

About this podcast
Hear directly from the people producing EPRI’s critical research covering all facets of the power industry. EPRI Unplugged tackles topics ranging from renewable energy to long-term operation of the nuclear fleet as we take a closer look at the transforming power system.
Latest episodes
Feb. 20, 2018
Protecting Critical Assets: Cyber security is a critical priority for electric utilities. How can utilities protect themselves against attack by terrorists and hackers? What can be done to strengthen grid resilience against threats to equipment failures? EPRI’s cyber security experts discuss these threats and how EPRI’s cyber security technologies can protect the utility industry.
Oct. 17, 2017
High-altitude electromagnetic pulse describes a nuclear detonation over land that could potentially cause damage to large transformers and substations. However, there are differing opinions on just how catastrophic an event such as this might be. As a result, EPRI launched a three-year research initiative in 2016 to investigate these events, including threat assessment, mitigation, and recovery. EPRI Vice President of Transmission and Distribution, Rob Manning, sits down to discuss findings so far and research that is ongoing.
Sept. 1, 2017
Human observers within the narrow band of total eclipse on August 21, 2017 were treated to a dramatic experience of light and dark. In contrast to the human experience, solar generators responded to the gradual changes in light intensity both in the band of “totality” and across the much broader region of partial eclipse, as recorded by researchers and monitors across North America. Hear from EPRI researchers about the data gathered during the eclipse and how this research can inform future operations.
Aug. 8, 2017
A consideration for the future of augmented reality is the impact of interoperability. In this conversation, EPRI technical executive John Simmins and augmented reality consultant and advisor Christine Perey help us decode interoperability and the importance of industry standards to the future of augmented reality in the utility industry.
May 18, 2017
Is coal dead? Is there such a thing as clean coal? What exactly is CCS? We tackle these questions and more in a thought-provoking discussion on the role of fossil fuels globally and the advanced technologies needed to meet energy and environmental goals. Guests: Jeff Phillips, Abhoyjit Bhown.
March 7, 2017
Integrated resource planners play a unique role in the utility industry as the people tasked with anticipating what the future may hold. EPRI’s vice president of Distribution and Energy Utilization sits down to talk about the impact of renewable generation, distributed energy resources, and the need for common standards across the industry.
Feb. 14, 2017
The nuclear industry is taking the lead to reach new heights in innovation. Hear from EPRI experts and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Development & Deployment in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy as they discuss emerging technologies, how DOE and EPRI are supporting R&D, and when advanced nuclear technologies could be deployed in the United States.
Dec. 20, 2016
Advances in technology gifted us with greater convenience through smaller, smarter devices, while also contributing to energy efficiency. This “naturally occurring” form of energy efficiency is driving down energy demand as customers adopt new technologies. Energy efficiency can be described in three waves, dating back to the 1970s. In this episode, EPRI researcher Doug Lindsey discusses the characteristics of each wave, specifically those associated with the third wave, and potential impact on the utility industry.
Nov. 22, 2016
With a growing number of electric vehicle options entering the market, able to cover longer distances at an affordable price, the idea of a North American infrastructure for vehicle charging is moving from concept to reality. Dan Bowermaster, EPRI senior program manager for electric transportation, discusses what exists today and pilot projects underway to plan for an increasingly electrified tomorrow.
Oct. 6, 2016
As utilities look at maintaining nuclear power generation assets beyond current 60 year operating licenses, EPRI’s Long-Term Operations program is researching the technical issues associated with long term operations. Senior Program Manager Sherry Bernhoft discusses the potential for life extensions to 80 years, and even beyond.