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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

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

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

Posted October 24, 2014 by Kit Kennedy

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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