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Luis Martinez, Senior Attorney, Energy and Transportation Program, Asheville, North Carolina

Luis Martinez

I am a Senior Attorney with NRDC's Energy and Transportation Program. My work focuses on energy and climate policy with a focus on state climate programs, energy efficiency, renewable energy and utility regulation.

I joined NRDC in 2004, after spending a few years working in Puerto Rico for the state’s Environmental Quality Board. There, I was part of the team working to ensure the clean-up of Vieques and Culebra islands after the US NAVY ceased all military activities there leaving behind over 50 years’ worth of military training exercises and weapons testing waste next to civilian populations. Since arriving at NRDC, I've been very involved in the efforts by the northeast states to control their carbon dioxide emissions through a coordinated approach called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

After close to eight years working out of the New York City office for NRDC, I began a new chapter moving with my wife and son to the southeast and opening NRDC’s satellite office in Asheville, North Carolina. From here, I aim to coordinate and expand NRDC’s work in the state and the southeast (and spend as much time outdoors as possible enjoying this beautiful part of the country).

Recent Posts

Join James Taylor in Standing Up to Reckless Fracking in North Carolina

Posted February 26, 2014 by Luis Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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This week independent researchers from Wake Forest University confirmed that 35 million gallons of toxic coal ash had spilled into the Dan River from the Duke Energy coal ash dump in Eden, North Carolina.  That makes it the third largest...continued

Duke Energy threatens to cast a shadow on North Carolina's growing solar industry

Posted January 27, 2014 by Luis Martinez in Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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Renewable energy industries including solar and wind are alive and well in North Carolina. Thanks in part to important policies such as the state renewable portfolio standard over 18,000 of my fellow North Carolinians have jobs working towards improving...continued

President Obama Announces New Energy Efficiency Manufacturing Hub in North Carolina Visit

Posted January 15, 2014 by Luis Martinez

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President Obama dropped into our state (North Carolina) on a clean-energy visit Wednesday to tour a private company’s research into energy efficiency and to unveil a new private-public energy consortium at North Carolina State University. The president’s visit also serves...continued

South Carolina with the gift of energy efficiency

Posted December 20, 2013 by Luis Martinez in Solving Global Warming

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Joining its northern neighbor, South Carolina has taken a bold step forward for clean energy this week when the Palmetto State’s public utilities commission approved a “shared savings” program to compensate Duke Energy if its investments in energy efficiency programs...continued

North Carolina Has a Choice on Climate

Posted November 14, 2013 by Luis Martinez in Solving Global Warming

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This morning the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power is holding a hearing on a discussion draft of a bill that would block the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) safeguards on carbon pollution. ...continued

Energy Efficiency Alive and Well in North Carolina

Posted November 7, 2013 by Luis Martinez in Solving Global Warming

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North Carolina scored another victory for clean energy last week when the state’s utilities commission approved a “shared savings” program that will compensate Duke Energy for its investments in energy efficiency programs if they save money for its customers. The...continued

Fracking Bad Deal for North Carolina

Posted October 25, 2013 by Luis Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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The oil and gas industry is pushing the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking , on states around the country.  In those states, many communities are losing their ability to control if and how this practice is allowed and...continued

UNC-Charlotte's Solar Decathlon Entry Shows the Benefits of Green Building for North Carolina

Posted October 3, 2013 by Luis Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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For Clarke Snell, an architecture graduate student at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, participating in this year’s Solar Decathlon is kind of a dream come true. “This is a unique event,” says Snell, who hopes to design carbon-neutral houses after...continued

Pioneering New York RGGI Rules Need Your Support

Posted July 16, 2013 by Luis Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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New York’s nickname is the Empire State. But with the release last week of great regulations for the state’s involvement in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), perhaps we should start calling New York the Pioneer State, too. In fact,...continued

Solar on My Mind...in Georgia

Posted July 12, 2013 by Luis Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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Is the coming together of business-minded Republicans, conservative Tea Partiers and renewable energy advocates down in Georgia a sign of bigger things to come?  On July 11, Georgia’s Public Service Commission voted to approve a requirement for the state’s largest...continued

Reinvigorating RGGI: June's Allowance Auction Success Shows Pollution Cuts Are Working To Improve This Innovative Program.

Posted June 19, 2013 by Luis Martinez in Solving Global Warming

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Two weeks ago, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s (RGGI) quarterly pollution allowance auction brought in a near-record $124.4 million. That’s money nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states will use, as the bipartisan group of governors who designed the program intended, to...continued

June is Solar Energy Month in North Carolina. The State Renewable Energy Standard Deserves Some Time in The Sun, Too.

Posted June 10, 2013 by Luis Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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June is Solar Energy Month here in North Carolina. Last week, standing in the sunshine in front of a 5-megawatt solar farm in Willow Spring, with a lot of “whereas”s, our Governor, Republican Pat McCrory, proclaimed it so. It’s easy to...continued

North Carolina: C'Mon, Raise Up and Defend Clean Energy

Posted April 18, 2013 by Luis Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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I am proud that my state, North Carolina, was the first southern state to enact a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS). The REPS works by requiring investor-owned utilities to produce 12.5 percent of their electricity by 2021...continued

North Carolina Leads The Way In Clean Energy Jobs. Let's Keep It That Way.

Posted March 6, 2013 by Luis Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Residents of my state, North Carolina, got some much-needed good news today. We led the nation in clean energy and clean transportation jobs in the 4th quarter of 2012, and came in second only to California for the year as...continued

Christie Can Set National Example for Combating Monster Storms at the Source

Posted November 14, 2012 by Luis Martinez in Solving Global Warming

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Just a couple of months after my family and I relocated from New Jersey, like so many other Americans, we watched the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy with heavy hearts. Phone calls and Facebook updates from friends, family and colleagues...continued

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