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Conceivable Pathways to 100% Renewable Power in Puerto Rico, the Wind Staff Hole, and an NREL Le…

Conceivable Pathways to 100% Renewable Power in Puerto Rico, the Wind Staff Hole, and an NREL Le…

This episode discusses three recent stories from NREL:

1. In 2017, Puerto Rico faced a devastating double blow as consecutive hurricanes decimated 80% of its electrical grid, resulting in the longest blackout in U.S. history. Determined to rebuild resiliently, Puerto Rico passed Act 17 in 2019, aiming for a 100% renewable energy system by 2050 (about:invalid#zCSafez) , which sparked the groundbreaking PR100 study—a collaborative effort between the Department of Energy and six national laboratories—to chart the territory’s energy future through extensive community engagement and innovative scenarios.
2. With the U.S. wind energy sector (about:invalid#zCSafez) projected to grow substantially, a new NREL report highlights a potential shortage of over 124,000 workers by 2030, emphasizing the need for collaborative efforts to raise awareness, increase training opportunities, create connections, and emphasize inclusivity in the wind energy workforce. We delve into the report’s findings and discuss actionable steps to bridge the wind workforce gap, essential for realizing America’s clean energy future.
3. Nancy Haegel (about:invalid#zCSafez) , Director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL, has been elected as a fellow of the AAAS, recognized for her distinguished contributions to materials science, particularly in semiconductor transport, infrared detectors, and renewable energy. She is the 12th person from NREL to receive this prestigious honor.

Plus: NREL librarian Jason Youngstrom joins to discuss the essential role of NREL librarians, who play a crucial part in advancing renewable energy research by ensuring NREL researchers have access to the latest information and publications needed to drive innovation and maintain NREL’s position as a leader in the field.

This episode was hosted by Kerrin Jeromin and Taylor Mankle, written and produced by Allison Montroy and Kaitlyn Stottler, and edited by Joe DelNero and Brittany Falch. Graphics are by Brittnee Gayet. Our title music is written and performed by Ted Vaca and episode music by Chuck Kurnik, Jim Riley, and Mark Sanseverino of Drift BC. Transforming Energy: The NREL Podcast is created by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. We express our gratitude and acknowledge that the land we are on is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute peoples. Email us at ( . Follow NREL on Twitter ( , Instagram ( , LinkedIn ( , YouTube ( , and Facebook ( .

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