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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

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

Posted December 16, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Solving Global Warming, Moving Beyond Oil

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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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

New Operations Center To Help New York State Save 5 Percent On Energy

Posted October 24, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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New York State faces a challenge as it ramps up energy efficiency and renewable energy use in its 3,000-plus state buildings. To get the most bang for its buck, the state needs to make sure the systems are working right,...continued

AWEA's Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition Emphasizes Offshore Wind's Bright Future While Also Calling for Action

Posted October 21, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Guest Blog by Andrea Leshak, NRDC Ford Legal Fellow I had the great pleasure of attending AWEA’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition earlier this month. The conference was appropriately held in Atlantic City, NJ, a city committed to supporting offshore wind...continued

Offshore Wind Power Can Save U.S. Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds

Posted October 7, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S....continued

U.S. Offshore Wind Power Advancing Off Of Drawing Boards And Into The Water, New DOE Report Says

Posted September 3, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Could the U.S. go from being nowhere on offshore wind power to having over a dozen projects built over the next five to seven years? That’s a very real possibility, according to a report just released by the U.S. Department...continued

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

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