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Dylan Sullivan, Staff Scientist, San Francisco

Dylan Sullivan
Energy efficiency – getting the same cold beers and warm showers while using less energy (h/t Amory Lovins) – is a key part of any cost-effective plan to avoid the dangerous impacts of climate change. It is a vast resource of relatively cheap energy, and its thoughtful deployment can mostly offset the cost of more expensive ways of mitigating global warming (google “McKinsey cost curve”). I focus on increasing the use of cost-effective energy efficiency to meet energy needs in Los Angeles, and on changing the business model of electric and natural gas utilities around the country so it makes financial sense for them to invest in clean energy.

Recent Posts

Los Angeles' city-owned electric utility raises its energy efficiency ambitions

Posted August 11, 2014 by Dylan Sullivan in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has unanimously voted to approve 10-year energy efficiency targets that will vault America’s largest municipally-owned utility, which provides service to around 3.9 million people, to national leadership in...continued

Southern California municipal utilities innovate with decoupling

Posted April 11, 2014 by Dylan Sullivan in Solving Global Warming

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This is a guest post by Lisa Xue, a Sustainable Energy Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, working on energy efficiency issues in California. She received her M.A. in International Policy from Stanford University and B.A. in Economics and B.A....continued

Should electricity be priced like an all-you-can-eat buffet? Probably not

Posted March 27, 2014 by Dylan Sullivan

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When you install a solar panel or save energy, your electric utility still has to maintain the same power plants, poles, transformers and wires as before, even though it’s selling you less electricity. Most utilities charge for those fixed infrastructure...continued

FirstEnergy's Pending Energy Efficiency Plan Leaves $180 million on the Table

Posted September 19, 2012 by Dylan Sullivan in Solving Global Warming

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FirstEnergy’s clean energy strategy over the last three years reminds me of my father’s laundry strategy when he and my mother got married three decades ago: intentionally do a bad job – wash those bright colors on hot – and...continued

On clean energy, Ohio Senate Bill 315 much-improved, but more work to do

Posted May 17, 2012 by Dylan Sullivan in Solving Global Warming

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On Tuesday the Ohio Senate voted to approve Substitute Senate Bill 315 (SB 315), the Governor’s energy bill. Thanks to the work of clean energy businesses and environmental advocates in Ohio, and Senators Hite, LaRose, and Widener, who were willing...continued

Bad idea watch, Ohio edition: counting natural gas combined cycle plants toward energy efficiency targets

Posted May 1, 2012 by Dylan Sullivan in Solving Global Warming

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Sometimes there are ideas that look innocuous at first glance but are actually quite bad. One I’ve heard recently: allowing Ohio’s electric utilities to count “efficient generation” toward their energy efficiency targets. Proposed at last week’s hearing on Governor Kasich’s...continued

Smart Policies Help Create Clean-Energy Jobs in Ohio

Posted April 19, 2012 by Dylan Sullivan in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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In Environmental Entrepreneurs’ latest clean-energy jobs report, released yesterday, there’s good news for Ohio’s workers and for the state’s unemployed. (E2 is an NRDC affiliate.) Since October of last year, clean-energy employers have announced new six projects that can create...continued

At Ohio Hospitals, Energy Efficiency Helps Underwrite Patient Care

Posted March 21, 2012 by Dylan Sullivan in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Hospitals are community lifelines—they provide emergency services and the kind of specialized, intensive healthcare patients can’t receive in doctors’ offices or clinics. But hospitals are also expensive to run. In Ohio, as in the rest of the country, financial difficulties...continued

Better Bulbs, Better Jobs: New NRDC Report Outlines Critical Benefits of Ohio Industry

Posted February 21, 2012 by Dylan Sullivan in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Maybe you’ve heard about the many benefits of the federal lightbulb efficiency standards that went into effect almost two months ago, on January 1st: how the legislation—passed by an large, bipartisan majority in 2007 and signed into law by President...continued

WESCO, a Fortune 500 Company, Sees Serious Growth Opportunities in Energy Efficiency

Posted January 17, 2012 by Dylan Sullivan in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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Energy efficiency sometimes has an image problem. Despite incredible innovation in the field in the last 15 years, in some people’s minds, it’s still associated with ugly plastic window insulation and harsh fluorescent lights. Compared to other catchy solutions to...continued

Honeywell: Putting Efficiency To Work In Ohio

Posted December 13, 2011 by Dylan Sullivan in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Honeywell, the Fortune 100 company, doesn’t have a tagline. There’s no “We deliver for you” next to its name, or “Don’t leave home without it.” But at the risk of overstepping my role as an energy advocate, I’d like to...continued

Clean Energy Rust Busting Road Trip Part 3: Cincinnati and Columbus

Posted December 9, 2011 by Dylan Sullivan in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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This is a special guest post from 2011 MAP fellow Lauren Kubiak. She, Rocky Kistner and I recently returned from a road trip in Ohio visiting and profiling businesses with a stake in the clean economy. You can find posts...continued

Selling Electricity & Selling Efficiency: many utilities are up for the task

Posted December 1, 2011 by Dylan Sullivan in Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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This post is co-authored by Dylan Sullivan and Mathias Bell of the Rocky Mountain Institute, and cross-posted on RMI's "Outlet" blog. The utilities in Ohio will tell you that they're nothing like the energy efficiency leaders in California, Oregon, Vermont,...continued

Clean Energy Rust Busting Road Trip Part 2: Cleveland & Cambridge

Posted November 28, 2011 by Dylan Sullivan in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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This is a special guest post from 2011 MAP fellow Lauren Kubiak. She, Rocky Kistner and I recently returned from a road trip in Ohio visiting and profiling businesses with a stake in the clean economy. You can find posts...continued

Clean Energy Rust Busting Road Trip Part 1: Cleveland

Posted November 21, 2011 by Dylan Sullivan in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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This is a special guest post from 2011 MAP fellow Lauren Kubiak. She, Rocky Kistner and I recently returned from a road trip in Ohio visiting and profiling businesses with a stake in the clean economy. You can find posts...continued

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