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Season 2

Episode 7 February 18, 2020
Episode 7 - The Tough Job of Closing Down Coal

In this episode: how one CEO was forced to reckon with her roots in coal country, change her view on climate change, and reorient her utility to embrace the clean energy transition.

Episode 6 February 4, 2020
Episode 6 - The Birth (and Near Death) of Demand Response

In this episode: how doubts from investors and peers fueled one entrepreneur to co-found a company that changed the way companies manage their energy use — and landed him in the Supreme Court.

Episode 5 January 21, 2020
Episode 5 - How Trust in Companies Is Changing Rapidly

In this episode, we’ll hear about the surprising ways businesses can earn trust — and what happens when they lose it.

Episode 4 January 8, 2020
Episode 4 - From Dotcom Bust to Clean Energy Visionary

In this episode: how a forward-looking energy expert saw the macrotrends in cleantech before most utilities, oil companies and investors -- and then convinced them it would transform their business.

Episode 3 December 23, 2019
Episode 3 - How This ‘Intrapreneur’ Is Driving the Corporate Clean Energy Revolution

In this episode, an “intrapreneur” who’s managed the clean energy and sustainability strategies of some of the world’s biggest and most complex organizations.

Episode 1 November 26, 2019
Episode 1 - Origins of the Modern Battery Storage Business

In this episode, a pioneer in storage who helped prove out the business case for putting big batteries on the grid: John Zahurancik.

Trailer September 23, 2019
We're Coming Back for Season 2

We're coming back for a second season. Executive Producer Stephen Lacey provides an update on the themes for the upcoming episodes.

Season 1

Episode 5 June 26, 2019
Episode 5 - Reflections on Utility Disruption With Adrian Tuck

A conversation about the themes of disruption we covered in season one. How do they apply to the energy industry?

Episode 4 June 19, 2019
Episode 4 - How Do Google Glass, Segway and Smart Thermostats Illustrate the Surprising Ways Tech Evolves?

We look at the second life for Google Glass and Segway. Plus, we talk with a venture capitalist about technologies that could have a surprising impact on the energy business.

Episode 3 June 11, 2019
Episode 3 - What Can JCPenney, Southwest & Green Mountain Power Teach Us About the Customer?

What a struggling retailer, a booming airline and an innovative utility teach us about knowing your customer.

Episode 2 June 6, 2019
Episode 2 - What Do Edison’s 'Invention Factory' and Exelon’s Drones Have in Common?

We explore the surprising history and reinvention of corporate innovation. How can we apply the "new to big" model to energy companies?

Episode 1 June 6, 2019
What Can Walmart and Xcel Energy Teach Us About Moonshots?

We explore how big companies are responding to existential challenges in real time.


Trailer May 23, 2019
Introducing ILLUMINATORS: A Preview of What's to Come

What can energy companies learn from the history of business disruption? Here's a preview of our season to come.

The Illuminators

Host - Brad Langley

Sr Director, Community and Demand Generation, Uplight

Host - Brad Langley

Sr Director, Community and Demand Generation, Uplight

Brad has spent the past 20 years working with technology companies - both big and small - to execute marketing programs and tell great stories. Today, he applies his craft at Uplight as the senior director of community and demand generation marketing.

Host - Devren Hobbs

VP, Engage Product Line, Uplight

Host - Devren Hobbs

VP, Engage Product Line, Uplight

Devren is a dynamic leader with a decade of experience driving product innovation. Her background - liberal arts degree and entrepreneurship-focused MBA - has enabled her to work on her passions: community, education, and the environment.

Producer - Stephen Lacey

Founder and Executive Producer of Post Script Media

Producer - Stephen Lacey

Founder and Executive Producer of Post Script Media

Stephen produces and hosts The Energy Gang and Interchange podcasts, two of the most popular podcasts on energy and cleantech. He is also a contributing editor with Greentech Media.

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