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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

While state officials fight it, North Carolina continues down Clean Power path

Posted March 17, 2015 by Luis Martinez

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New analysis by the Natural Resource Defense Council shows that North Carolina's Clean Energy Future is strong. Our analysis shows that by continuing its transition away from coal and meeting the requirements of its clean energy standard, North Carolina will...continued

Let the Spaghetti Fly!

Posted March 5, 2015 by Luis Martinez

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Recently a 'report' from the Civitas Institute, a member of the polluter-funded, Koch-backed State Policy Network, claimed that rules from the Environmental Protection Agency to improve air quality would herald doom and gloom for North Carolina. A minimal level of...continued

NRDC helping to launch local climate resiliency effort in North Carolina

Posted October 23, 2014 by Luis Martinez

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 Communities will bear the brunt of climate impacts across the world.  Even though climate change is a problem which must be addressed nationally and internationally, the impacts are very much local.  Resiliency to climate impacts starts in our communities.  A...continued

North Carolina off to a great start to meet EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted June 5, 2014 by Luis Martinez

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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

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

Posted February 26, 2014 by Luis Martinez

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Georgia

Posted July 12, 2013 by Luis Martinez

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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

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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


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