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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

In State of State Address, Gov. Cuomo Can Build on Strong Clean Energy & Climate Policies

Posted January 11, 2016 by Kit Kennedy

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2015 was a banner year for clean energy in New York and we look forward to even more action on climate and clean energy in 2016, starting with Governor Cuomo's annual State of the State address this week. Promoting pollution-free...continued

New York's Banner Year for Clean Energy and Climate

Posted December 23, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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Part of NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2015 Energy Developments When it comes to clean energy--solar and wind power in particular--2015 was a banner year in New York State. The Empire State climbed the solar charts and witnessed the largest wind...continued

Wind Power Saves New Yorkers Money on Electricity After Unexpected Shutdown of Indian Point Nuclear Unit

Posted December 18, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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Wind power came to the rescue of New York's electricity consumers this week, as a unit at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County unexpectedly went off-line on Monday evening, due to an electrical disturbance. As reported by...continued

Gov. Cuomo Makes It Official: New York To Get 50% of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources By 2030

Posted December 2, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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As leaders from around the world met in Paris today to work out a new international climate agreement, here in New York, our state's governor, Andrew Cuomo, took another important step in leading the nation and the world toward a...continued

One Step Closer to 50 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030 in New York State: It's Getting Real Now

Posted November 23, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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The New York Times reported today that Governor Cuomo will direct the New York Public Service Commission to adopt a requirement that New York achieve 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources like solar, wind and offshore wind by...continued

Gov. Cuomo Vetoes LNG Terminal, Making Room for Offshore Wind Power in New York

Posted November 12, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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One picture says a thousand words: New York's Governor Cuomo vetoed a liquified natural gas terminal today that would have foreclosed development of offshore wind power off Long Island's South Shore. New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has once again demonstrated...continued

18 State Attorneys General, Led by New York's Schneiderman, Defend the EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted November 4, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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Kudos go out today to New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for stepping up to defend the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from the nation's power plants....continued

New York Should Veto Offshore LNG Terminal in Favor of Offshore Wind Power

Posted November 2, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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Right now, a concrete conflict between clean power and dirty power is playing out in the coastal waters off Long Island's South Shore. At public hearings on November 2nd and 3rd, New Yorkers will be weighing in on whether a...continued

Cuomo Tells Students and The World: New York Must Lead On Clean Energy

Posted October 5, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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New York can lead the nation in the clean energy transition that will help fight climate change. That was the case New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made at New York University on Friday afternoon, while speaking to a packed room...continued

Congress Should Immediately Approve Clean Energy Tax Credits That Drive Progress, Level Playing Field

Posted October 5, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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Actions that Congress takes this fall in the arcane area of tax policy will have a huge impact on the future of clean energy in the U.S. Whether we can continue the kind of rapid progress we've made as a...continued

With White House Summit Today, and a Summer of Progress, Offshore Wind Power in the US Gains Momentum

Posted September 28, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

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Momentum for offshore wind power in the United States is starting to build again, after a historic summer that included the start of construction for the first U.S. offshore wind project and with a big week for offshore wind power...continued

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

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