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Kit Kennedy, Director of Energy and Transportation, New York

Kit Kennedy

I first joined NRDC in 1988 after working for a federal judge for two years. In my early years, I had the chance to work on a wide range of great cross-cutting issues at NRDC, ranging from working to improve New York City’s sewage system and to reform its zoning code in my early years; fighting water pollution in the Hudson River; and bringing scores of enforcement cases across the country. In the second half of my NRDC career, I have focused on energy issues, with a focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and power plant siting. In 2007, I left NRDC to become head of the Environmental Protection Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s Office. I had the privilege to serve the Attorney General and the State of New York for three years, and to work on a diverse and challenging set of environmental issues across New York State and nationally. I recently returned to NRDC to help move forward our clean energy and global warming agenda at the federal level.

Recent Posts

St. Francis of Assisi: The Inspiration for the Pope's Encyclical On Climate Change

Posted July 1, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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This post was guest written by my son Michael Diller, who recently graduated from Vassar College. Michael's thesis on St. Francis of Assisi and other medieval Church thinkers won the Sophia H. Chen Zen Memorial Prize for the best thesis...continued

With Large-Scale Renewables Plan, New York Makes Strides In Race To Lead The Nation In Clean Energy

Posted June 3, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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New York took an important step forward in the race for state clean energy leadership this week. If you've been watching this contest, you know that California has ambitious plans: Governor Brown's goal, shared by many in the state legislature,...continued

There's No Need To Live with the Risks of Indian Point: New Yorkers Have Clean, Safe & Affordable Energy Alternatives

Posted May 13, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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This blog post was co-authored by Matthew McKinzie. Last Saturday evening, a transformer fire caused an explosion, fire and billowing smoke at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County, New York. Indian Point's two aging nuclear reactors, built...continued

New York Can Lead The Nation In Clean Energy With A New, 50 Percent By 2025 Renewable Energy Standard

Posted April 16, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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NRDC and our partners filed comments today with the New York State Public Service Commission, which regulates the state's utilities, that can help the Empire State lead the nation in renewable energy--that's right: lead the nation--by building on the state's...continued

NRDC To Feds: Deny Permit for Port Ambrose LNG Project. Promote Clean Energy Instead.

Posted March 17, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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For NRDC, the choices can't be clearer or the stakes higher--when there's a conflict between clean energy and fossil fuels, clean energy should always prevail. That's the drama that is playing out right now off the south shore of Long...continued

New York Reaches An Important Wind Energy Milestone

Posted March 11, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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The Empire State reached an important new milestone for wind power last week. On Monday, March 2nd, during the hour between 1 and 2 pm, wind power provided a full 7 percent of New York's electricity needs--a new record. "Wind...continued

With New Roadmap, New York is Poised to Scale Up Offshore Wind, Realize Environmental and Economic Benefits

Posted March 10, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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New York State is poised for a much-needed breakthrough in the development of offshore wind power technologies that will harness the vast renewable, carbon-free wind resources off the shores of New York City and Long Island, according to a new...continued

Greenpower Offshore Wind Power USA Conference Focuses on How and When (not if) the U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Moves Forward, as Financing for the Deepwater Block Island Offshore Wind Project is Completed

Posted March 6, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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This post was guest written by my NRDC colleague Andrea Leshak, who is a Ford Legal Fellow at NRDC. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Greenpower Offshore Wind Power USA conference in Boston. This annual conference brings together...continued

New York REV Order Poised to Deliver More Clean Energy, a Stronger Grid & Lower Bills for New Yorkers

Posted February 27, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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This blog post was co-written with my NRDC colleagues Raya Salter, Senior Attorney, Energy and Equity, and Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, who are NRDC's leads in the REV proceeding Yesterday, the New York Public Service Commission, which regulates New...continued

GRID Alternatives and SunEdison Team Up to Train Low-Income Workers for Good Jobs in the Solar Industry

Posted February 24, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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Last week, two leaders in the solar industry--GRID Alternatives, the country's largest non-profit solar installer, and SunEdison, the Missouri-based renewable energy development giant--announced a partnership that will help build clean energy jobs in low-income communities. NRDC applauds this development, for...continued

A 50-Percent-By-2025 Renewable Energy Standard Can Help Gov. Cuomo Realize His "Opportunity Agenda"

Posted January 23, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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In the wake of Governor Cuomo's courageous decision last month to ban fracking in New York State, the state is poised to become even more of a leader in clean energy, if it puts in place the right policies. Governor...continued

Obama's Call for Clean Energy Can Move America Forward

Posted January 23, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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This post was co-authored by my colleague Roland Hwang and is also posted on his blog. In this week's State of the Union address, President Obama cited the importance of clean energy in strengthening our economy here at home, making...continued

Feds, NY and NJ: Reject the Port Ambrose LNG Facility. Choose Offshore Wind Power Instead

Posted January 7, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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This evening, the U.S. Coast Guard will hold a public hearing as part of its effort to determine whether an offshore, liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility can be sited in an area off the south shore of Long Island called...continued

Will Cuomo and LIPA deliver on renewable energy promises for Long Island tomorrow?

Posted December 16, 2014 by Kit Kennedy

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By deciding on a slate of proposed clean energy projects tomorrow, the trustees of the Long Island Power Authority, the public utility that serves New York’s Nassau and Suffolk counties, can finally make good on the utility’s long-delayed promise to...continued

Deepwater One Offshore Wind Project Can Create 300 Long Island Jobs, With LIPA's Help

Posted November 19, 2014 by Kit Kennedy

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Offshore wind power is ready for primetime and poised to make a significant contribution to the economy and to job numbers in the United States and here in New York. That was the message yesterday, as offshore wind power developer...continued

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