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Join the Hitachi ABB Power Grids team as we discuss the latest trends and innovations in the power transmission and distribution industry, including renewable integration, energy storage, decarbonization of transportation, digitalization, grid resiliency, and much more! 

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Show Notes

Power Pulse goes offshore (Pt. 3): A regulatory perspective on offshore wind challenges in the U.S.

In this third episode in a short series on the challenges and opportunities for offshore wind power in North America, we got together with Adrienne Downey, Principal Engineer, Offshore Wind with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and Cathy Livingston, Senior Account Manager with Hitachi ABB Power Grids. Together we explored how the offshore wind industry promises to drive job creation, the establishment of strong local supply chains, and grid infrastructure modernization in New York State and throughout the Northeast.

NYSERDA Offshore Wind Programs

NYSERDA Offshore Wind Projects

 

Guests

Adrienne Downey

Principle Engineer, Offshore Wind
NYSERDA

Cathy Livingston

Senior Account Manager
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Restoring our Earth: Shaping the future of sustainability

In honor of Earth Day on April 22 and this year’s theme of restoring our earth, we discuss the importance of sustainability and ways we can all contribute to a cleaner, greener, carbon-neutral future. Listen along for a fun and inspiring conversation with Johanna Flood, Head of Environment, and Matthew North, Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability for Hitachi ABB Power Grids as we talk about the causes and impacts from carbon emissions, strategies for decarbonization, as well as tips on how we, as individuals and organizations, can reduce our carbon footprint. 

The podcast that Matthew references that inspired him to make a career change is "How to Set & Achieve a Goal" (Episode 534) by Rich Roll. 

Guests

Johanna Flood

Head of Environment
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Matthew North

Head of Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainability
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Women in Energy (Pt. 2): Driving the offshore wind industry forward 

In part 2 in our Women in Energy series, we speak to Carrie Cullen Hitt, Executive Director at the National Offshore Wind Research & Development Consortium (NOWRDC), and Fabio Fracaroli, Renewables Segment Lead at Hitachi ABB Power Grids about the budding offshore wind market, the new and exciting opportunities it presents for women entering or already established in the industry. Listen along as we discuss ways to address the industry’s lack of female representation, how we got here, and how women are well-positioned to help drive the industry forward.   

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Guests

Carrie Cullen Hitt

Executive Director
National Offshore Wind Research & Development Consortium (NOWRDC)

Fabio Fracaroli

Renewable Segment Lead, North America
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Women in Energy (Pt. 1): Empowering the next generation

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we discuss a strong force in the energy industry – women! Listen along for an inspiring discussion with 2 incredible women taking the renewables sector by storm, Cathy Livingston (Hitachi ABB Power Grids) and Sarah Kelly (Kiewit Energy Group). We will discuss their journeys on becoming rising female leaders in a male-dominated industry, as well as share advice for how our listeners can create and support a more equal and inclusive workplace.


 

Guests

Sarah Kelly (P.E., M.C.E.)

Business Development Manager, Northeast
Power Delivery & Offshore Wind
Kiewit Energy Group

Cathy Livingston

Senior Account Manager
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

There is a major transition happening in the energy industry, a shift away from fossil fuels toward a system that relies on electricity generated through renewable energy sources. In our latest episode, we are joined by Chief Technology Officer, Gerhard Salge who leads Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ research and development efforts, to discuss why electricity will be the crux of a carbon-neutral energy system, the challenges it brings for electricity grids, and the building blocks needed to achieve a more sustainable future.

Guest

Gerhard Salge

Chief Technology Officer
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Power Pulse goes offshore (Pt. 1): Opportunities for U.S. offshore wind

In the first of a short series on the challenges and opportunities for offshore wind power in North America, join us for a conversation with Hayes Framme, Government Relations and Communications Manager with renewable energy powerhouse Orsted, and Rob Roche, Senior Account Manager with Hitachi ABB Power Grids. Together we discuss the nature of the offshore wind market in the U.S., how it differs from Europe and other more developed markets, and where the opportunities are the most promising.

Power Pulse goes offshore (Pt. 2): Challenges that developers face in the U.S.

In the second installment of a short series on the challenges and opportunities for offshore wind power in North America, we continue our conversation with Hayes Framme, Government Relations and Communications Manager with renewable energy powerhouse Orsted, and Rob Roche, Senior Account Manager with Hitachi ABB Power Grids. Together we discuss the need to engage regulators and local stakeholders to make projects successful, the benefits offshore wind can bring to communities, and the importance of keeping supply chains local.

 

Guests

Hayes Framme

Government Relations & Communications Manager
Ørsted

Rob Roche

Senior Account Manager
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

In this week’s episode, we had the pleasure of interviewing an emerging young leader and electrical engineer, Audrey Wang Gosselin, and her budding career in the renewable energy market with our early-career rotational program. Audrey shares what led her to Hitachi ABB Power Grids as well as her community outreach projects and ambitious career plans for the future. Audrey is continuing her passion with ABB as a Solution Generation Engineer for ABB Building Solutions. 

We hope Audrey’s passion and insights inspire you as much as she has inspired us. If you’re interested in joining our early career rotational program like Audrey, learn more here: https://www.hitachiabb-powergrids.com/us/en/career/early-career

 

Guest

Audrey Wang Gosselin

Solution Generation Engineer
Early Career Rotational Program
ABB

Craig Stiegemeier, who has recently left Hitachi ABB Power Grids after a very successful 40-year career developing transformer technology, has been trying to catch lightning in a bottle for most of his professional life. When you listen to this episode of Power Pulse, you start to think that maybe it hasn’t happened yet because he IS the lightning bolt. At 62, he’s so full of energy and ideas that it’s easy to forget that the reason for this conversation is that he recently retired from Hitachi ABB Power Grids where he has worked in dozens of roles, and helped develop and contribute to hundreds of products and projects. Now you can find Craig consulting for our transformer service business! 

Listen along as Craig shares what sparked his curiosity and passion for transformers and how he got to where he is today, and perhaps pick some insight into what makes working in the power business so exciting.

 

Guest

Craig Stiegemeier

Consultant, Transformer Service
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

The world is moving quickly to adopt renewable energy, which is a positive trend, but also one that demands a significant shift in how power is transmitted, distributed, and stored. As it stands today, power is a ‘use it or lose it’ proposition - our ability to store power is fairly limited. In fact, less than 5% of the electricity generated by utilities globally is stored. This reality is complicated by the fact that the availability of many renewable sources is limited by factors like location and time of day, making storage even more critical in the future. How can energy storage technology help support our shift toward renewables?

Join this week’s experts, Audrey Wang Gosselin,  Solution Generation Engineer at ABB and Connor Aimone, Technical Consultant at Hitachi ABB Power Grids, as they explain energy storage systems, shine light on some of the concerns around it, and help us understand the immense benefits these technologies can offer society.

 

 

Guests

Audrey Wang Gosselin

Solution Generation Engineer
Early Career Rotational Program
ABB

Connor Aimone

Technical Consultant
Hitachi ABB Power GridsABB

As if natural disasters aren’t reason enough to be concerned, physical attacks on substations have many in the industry rethinking substation resiliency. About once every four days, part of the nation’s power grid is struck by a cyber or physical attack. Resiliency and reliability of the power grid are critical to our everyday lives, economies, and critical infrastructures such as hospitals, first responders, government facilities, and so on, so making sure it is protected and secure is of utmost importance. Join Dustin Prescott, former Hitachi ABB Power Grids employee, and grid integration subject-matter expert, as he discusses the steps to keeping the power grid secure and safe from natural disasters and physical attacks.

 

Guest

Dustin Prescott

Director of Business Development
Aldridge Electric

Electric vehicles Pt. 1: Myths, economics and business cases

In part 1 of this episode, Gary Rackliffe, Vice President of Market Development and Innovation at Hitachi ABB Power Grids, and Dan O’Shea, Director of Utility Strategy and Business Development for EV Infrastructure at ABB, join us to debunk myths on electric vehicles and to discuss the business cases emerging in the market beyond passenger vehicles as well as their challenges. Hop in as we take you on a clean ride to a smarter future.

Electric vehicles Pt. 2: So, what does this mean for utilities?

As we pick up on part 2, Gary Rackliffe and Dan O’Shea continue the discussion on what electric vehicles mean for the grid and how they will affect and benefit utilities. Buckle up as we take you to the finish line!

 

Guests

Gary Rackliffe

Vice President of Market Development and Innovation
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Dan O'Shea

Director of Utility Strategy and Business Development, EV Infrastructure
ABB

This episode examines a popular phrase and initiative at Hitachi ABB Power Grids and what that means in the lens of grid modernization. In this episode, Gary Rackliffe, Vice President of Market Development and Innovation at Hitachi ABB Power Grids, discusses the meaning behind how to make the power grid stronger (resilient), smarter (digital), and greener (sustainable) and how utilities, commercial and industrial companies can accomplish this. 

 

Guest

Gary Rackliffe

Vice President of Market Development and Innovation
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

This episode dives into the formation of the power grid and its unique and inspiring history. Craig Stiegemeier, Transformer Service Consultant for Hitachi ABB Power Grids, takes us through the evolution of the grid, how we got to where we are today, and what we can expect in the next 30 years. 

 

Guest

Craig Stiegemeier

Consultant, Transformer Service
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

This episode answers the question, "What is eMobility, its impact on the grid, and the opportunities it presents for utilities?" This episode features Sal Gill, former Hitachi ABB Power Grids employee, currently a Senior Manager for Digital Strategy, Market Innovation, and Business Development for SAS. 

 

Guest

Sall Gill

Senior Manager, Digital Strategy,  Market Innovation & Business Development, Energy & Utilities
SAS

This episode introduces the building blocks - transformers, generators, circuit breakers, and measuring devices - that make up the crux of the power grid. These equipment staples are kind of like the navy blue blazers and khaki slacks of the modern grid: functional, reliable, and ubiquitous. This episode features Craig Stiegemeier, Transformer Service Consultant for Hitachi ABB Power Grids. 

 

Guest

Craig Stiegemeier

Consultant, Transformer Service
Hitachi ABB Power Grids

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Meet the Hosts

Kurt Steinert

External Communications Manager for North America, based in Central Vermont

  • Big proponent of sustainability (and proud owner of a solar PV array)
  • Writer by training and inclination, who appreciates a good turn of phrase
  • Regular consumer of podcasts on spirituality and politics

Kelsey Black

Digital Communications Manager for North America, based in Cleveland, OH. 

  • Advocate of diversity & inclusion in the workplace
  • Admirer of good branding & design
  • Fan of true crime podcasts