Energy Cast podcast: The long play in utility-scale renewable project development

Energy Cast is a regular podcast featuring some of the top experts across all links in the industry chain. Those include coal, nuclear, efficiency, renewables, oil and gas, as well as top government researchers. Longtime project manager Jay Dauenhauer created it and has been hosting Energy Cast for several years.

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Utility-scale renewable project development is not a game for short-timers

The goal of clean energy may be admirable, but the road there is a long, hard one full of regulatory hurdles, changing economic rationales and land use challenges. It requires patience and commitment exponentially.

“Anytime you want to go in and be a good and responsible developer, you would have done your homework,” Beth Conley, vice president of communications for U.S-based independent project developer Invenergy, told Jay Dauenhauer in a recent Energy Cast podcast.

Chicago-based Invenergy started as a gas-fired project developer and has moved increasingly into renewables. It has produced more than 160 projects, lately focusing on solar and storage, but also has done utility-scale wind including joint ventures bringing more utilities into the ownership picture.

Dauenhauer himself was previously executive director of the Clean Coal Technology Association in Texas. He also has worked as project director in power generation and transmission as well as a media analyst for TXU Energy prior to the $45 billion leveraged buyout of that company in 2007. A Louisiana native and proud graduate of Louisiana State University, his career began as a TV news producer before transitioning into the energy sector. Back behind the mic, Dauenhauer hopes to bring his experience working across several energy sectors to you in a program designed to be accessible to both the public and industry insiders. Dauenhauer also is a member of the POWERGEN International and DISTRIBUTECH International advisory committees. Clarion Energy is the parent company of Power Engineering, POWERGEN, DISTRIBUTECH.


Energy Cast Podcast is hosted biweekly by Jay Dauenhauer. Learn more about the podcast here.

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Jay Dauenhauer is a project manager based in Charlotte, NC. He currently serves as a PM developing transmission projects. For the past 7 years, Jay led water treatment and recycling projects for Oil & Gas operations. Jay's first foray in the energy sector was as a media analyst for TXU Energy during the $45B leveraged buyout of that utility in 2007. He then served as Executive Director of the Clean Coal Technology Foundation of Texas, working with stakeholders to pass clean energy legislation for the state. A Louisiana native and proud graduate of LSU, his career began as a TV news producer before transitioning into the energy sector. Back behind the mic, Jay hopes to bring his experience working across several energy sectors to you in a program designed to be accessible to both the public and industry insiders.

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