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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

Dept. of Energy Report Shows How Far U.S. Wind Has Come and the Challenges Ahead

Posted August 29, 2014 by Kit Kennedy

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This blog post first appeared, under a different title, on LiveScience. For U.S. wind power, last year was both the best of times and the worst of times. That's the conclusion from the new Wind Technologies Market Report released last week...continued

Moving Forward on Offshore Wind in New Bedford: If You Build It, Clean Energy Will Come (Guest Blog by Chris Halfnight)

Posted August 11, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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A short walk from the famous Whalemen’s Chapel of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, offshore wind power is getting a major push.  With construction of a new, $100-million marine commerce terminal well underway in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the city is on track...continued

Strong Federal Endorsement Could Spur First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm to Begin Construction This Year

Posted July 1, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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News out today from the federal Department of Energy suggests a promising future for U.S. offshore wind power. The agency announced it is backing the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts—long expected to be the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm—with...continued

Apply Now for New York State and Skidmore College Clean-Energy Entrepreneur Program

Posted June 26, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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Calling all New York state entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs, too: New York State wants you to set up clean energy businesses right here in the Empire State. And to help you do that, through the New York State Energy Research...continued

The Wind 100: Sierra Club Volunteer Matt Kearns to Run 100 Miles to Promote Offshore Wind Power

Posted June 13, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Want to learn more about the potential for clean, offshore wind to power Long Island? Join the Sierra Club for the Wind 100, a unique rally for offshore wind power happening tomorrow evening, Saturday, June 14th, in Long Beach on...continued

NYC's Citi Bike Bike-Sharing Program Turns 1! Now, Let's Expand It.

Posted May 27, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, New York City’s bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, turns 1! Go ahead and have a cupcake to celebrate. (The program is offering free ones today at Citi Bike stations on 17th and Broadway and West & Chambers Streets, in Manhattan.)...continued

President's New Energy Efficiency Standards Will Lead to Big Electricity, Consumer, Carbon Savings

Posted May 9, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Note: DOE has now issued the final efficiency standards for walk-in coolers and freezers and electric motors discussed in this blog.  For an analysis of the final savings numbers, see this blog post by my colleague Andrew DeLaski at the...continued

New England Offshore Wind Developer Announces Protections for Whales; Project Could Spin Clean Energy for Long Island

Posted May 7, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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We need look no further than the ocean to understand the urgent need to drastically reduce the carbon pollution caused by our addiction to fossil fuels. It is fueling ocean acidification, which is threatening the ability of some plankton, shellfish...continued

Climate-Resilient Solar Hot Water Systems at Rockaways Firehouses Save NYC Money, Cut Carbon

Posted April 29, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Solar hot water heating is the redheaded stepchild of the renewable energy world. Most people have no idea what it is. Or, they confuse it with its attention-grabbing cousin, solar photovoltaics, the solar panels we all know about that convert...continued

Court Decision Means Pressing Reset on Gas Furnace Energy Efficiency Standards, But Paves Way for Higher Energy Savings

Posted April 24, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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 A court settlement approved today means that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will have to redo important gas furnace energy efficiency standards.   But the good news is that this gives us the opportunity to press for even stronger furnace...continued

Already Rapidly Spreading Across New York State - Solar to get Ten-Fold Boost

Posted April 22, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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New York is a big state—almost 55,000 square miles of city, river, pasture, suburb, mountaintop, forest and coast. Yet, in the past few years solar power has been spreading like wildfire from one corner to the next. Throughout the state—on...continued

Good Clean Energy News From Albany

Posted April 4, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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This week, there’s good, clean-energy news from Albany. And though it seemed for a while that our state’s leadership on clean energy might be threatened, New York is back on track. Here’s the first piece of good news. In the...continued

Another Court Victory for Cape Wind

Posted March 14, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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Cape Wind is the first offshore wind project to be proposed and approved in the United States, but unsuccessful litigation by project opponents – largely funded by the oil and gas billionaire Bill Koch – has managed to slow the...continued

NY-Sun Helps Reduce Solar Prices By Supporting Collective Purchasing In New York

Posted March 6, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $28.6 million in solar grants to be awarded under New York’s innovative NY-Sun Initiative, the governor’s landmark effort designed to build the state’s solar industry and drive down costs—to make solar more...continued

American Cities Innovate and Save Money on Efficiency, Thanks to Federal Stimulus Support

Posted February 28, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Whether it’s efficient street lights, retro-fitted buildings that cost less to heat or cool, or solar panels in the parking lot, cities across the country are gaining huge savings from an almost-forgotten federal investment in energy efficiency. Congress put $2.7...continued

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