On Monday, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced their new Clean Power Standards designed to protect health and tackle climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants 30% below 2005 levels by the year 2030. For North...continued→
Luis Martinez, Senior Attorney, Energy and Transportation Program, Asheville, North Carolina
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).
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→
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→
Posted January 15, 2014 by Luis Martinez
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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.
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.
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→
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→
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→
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