Behind the Switch: Synapse and EESI Launch Podcast Project

July 15, 2016

Synapse is excited to present the first three episodes of Behind the Switch, a new podcast project produced in collaboration with Environment, Economics and Society Institute!

Behind the Switch is an educational podcast that provides clear answers to complex questions about energy and the environment. Targeted at a wide audience, each stand-alone miniseries consists of several episodes of 15 minutes or less. The first miniseries asks the question: why are electricity prices so high in New England, or are they?

Over the first three episodes, hosts Spencer Fields of Synapse and Liv Eschenbach-Smith of EESI explore this topic in conversations with our experts. They discuss what’s actually on your monthly electric bill with Doug Hurley, how New England’s prices compare to other parts of the country with Tyler Comings, what makes New England unique electrically from other parts of the country with Paul Peterson, and how some current proposals for natural gas pipelines could impact future electric costs in the region with Liz Stanton.

By harnessing the strengths of our two sponsors – Synapse’s unique energy-industry expertise and EESI’s excellence at communicating reliable, non-technical energy and climate information – Behind the Switch provides a unique perspective on the electric industry, approachable for every day electric consumers who may have never looked at their bill and industry-insiders alike.

All episodes are currently available online at, and will be on your favorite podcast apps in the next few days! Be sure to stick around for future miniseries. We’ll address topics ranging from the integration of renewable energy throughout the country to what actually happens when the power goes out to how new rate structures impact residential customers.

If you’re having trouble listening to the episodes, have any questions or comments, or would like to contribute to funding future miniseries, please don’t hesitate to contact us at