In this episode, Elena and Pete speak with Alex Laskey, the Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Rewiring America. Alex gives his fresh take on the Inflation Reduction Act, the landmark climate legislation his organization helped shape and discusses why, despite good intentions, it can be hard to get consumers to switch from fossil-fuels to electric.
Alex previously led OPower, the behavioral Energy Efficiency company he founded with Dan Yates. Under his leadership, Opower grew into a publicly traded company whose cloud-based software is used by more than half of the largest electric and gas utilities in the United States. Today, Opower, now a division of Oracle, delivers more than 6 TWh of energy savings per year and helps homeowners save more than $1B per year on their energy bills.
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“Living the Good Life: How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World,” by Helen and Scott Nearing
“Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals,” by Oliver Burkeman