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Dylan Sullivan, Staff Scientist, San Francisco

Dylan Sullivan
I’m a staff scientist at NRDC’s San Francisco office. I joined NRDC in 2008 as a Schneider/MAP Fellow after getting my MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford. For five years I worked in NRDC’s Midwest office, helping states and utility companies in the region increase investment in energy efficiency. In 2013 I moved to California. Now I focus on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan: making energy efficiency an easy option for compliance, and working with advocates, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the west to shape good state plans.

Recent Posts

The Clean Power Plan and Early Investments in Clean Energy

Posted December 15, 2015 by Dylan Sullivan

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states, and stakeholders have been getting and asking questions about the role of early clean energy investments, made in the past and before the start of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in 2022. Let's...continued

Here's what happened to different electricity-generating (or saving) technologies in EPA's Clean Power Plan final rule

Posted October 19, 2015 by Dylan Sullivan

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This post focuses on two types of changes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made in the Clean Power Plan final rule, in response to public comments on its June 2014 proposal. First, I address changes in the pollution reduction strategies...continued

Measuring energy efficiency in EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted September 29, 2015 by Dylan Sullivan

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States should make energy efficiency a priority as they develop plans to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal- and gas-fired power plants under the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan, because saving energy is a cheap way to...continued

Emission Rate Credits in the Clean Power Plan

Posted September 29, 2015 by Dylan Sullivan

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In the Clean Power Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets national carbon dioxide (CO2) emission limits for existing coal- and gas-fired power plants. States have an opportunity to adopt "state plans" that include enforceable emission limits and other policies...continued

Energy efficiency: still the building block for cost-effective Clean Power Plan compliance

Posted August 7, 2015 by Dylan Sullivan

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Increasing efforts to save energy in homes and businesses will be critical for power plant owners and states that want to comply with the landmark Clean Power Plan in a cost-effective manner. In earlier analysis, NRDC found that ramping up...continued

Two weeks on, a "WAP-up" on that E2e weatherization study

Posted July 9, 2015 by Dylan Sullivan

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A bit more than two weeks ago, three academics released a paper, "Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program." The authors' answer to this question was, basically, "No." They found that actual energy savings were around...continued

Fast-actin' Nevada lawmakers just slowed solar

Posted June 2, 2015 by Dylan Sullivan

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Well that was fast. Yesterday I blogged about a bill that emerged on the last day of Nevada's legislative session - AB 498 - which would remake a 2013 law negotiated by the legislature, Governor Brian Sandoval, and the state's...continued

Saving the worst for last: end-of-session bill would undermine Nevada's transition to clean energy

Posted June 1, 2015 by Dylan Sullivan

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Today, on the last day of the legislative session, the Speaker of the Nevada Assembly, John Hambrick, has introduced a bill, AB 498, that would undo the state's 2013 agreement to replace dirty coal-fired power plants with clean energy. That...continued

Utility investment in energy efficiency programs continues to increase, but we need more

Posted May 13, 2015 by Dylan Sullivan

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Energy efficiency programs - rebates, information, and market development efforts that make saving energy in our homes and businesses easy and cheap - are a key piece of the nation's clean energy strategy. A new report shows that last year,...continued

Yes, power plant owners can reduce emissions with energy efficiency. Here's how.

Posted March 18, 2015 by Dylan Sullivan

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When the EPA proposed carbon pollution targets for fossil fuel-fired power plants under the Clean Power Plan last summer, the agency recognized that energy efficiency is a powerful tool for reducing emissions in the electricity sector. As customers save energy...continued

Cutting Carbon Pollution Can Drive Montana's Economy While Improving Health

Posted March 17, 2015 by Dylan Sullivan

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This blog was guest-written by NRDC Fellow Amanda Levin A new factsheet released by the NRDC today highlights the huge economic and health benefits of clean energy for Montana. Investments in clean energy have and will continue to create new...continued

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

Posted August 11, 2014 by Dylan Sullivan

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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

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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

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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

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