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Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, New York City

Nathanael Greene

I coordinate NRDC's work on renewable energy--fuels and power--and policies that will advance them. For the last few years, I've spent the lion's share of my time working on biofuels, biopower, wind, solar, and geothermal. Along with a great team from our land, water, oceans, and climate programs, I try to understand what these technologies are capable of, what are the research, development, and economic challenges standing in their way, and what standards we need to put in place to make sure they really deliver the environmental benefits they promise. I went to Brown undergrad and Berkeley for my masters. I have just enough science, engineering, and economics to be dangerous and use this training to translate the cutting edge energy technology developments into policy recommendations

Recent Posts

State Renewable Energy Standards Cut Carbon, Save Consumers Billions, New Report Shows

Posted January 7, 2016 by Nathanael Greene

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Across the country, 29 states and the District of Columbia have renewable energy standards that ensure utilities get a certain percentage of their electricity from clean sources like wind and solar power. In fact, 2015 saw some impressive expansions of...continued

Solar and Wind Power Soar in 2015. With Tax Incentives' Renewal, Expect More of the Same in Years to Come

Posted December 21, 2015 by Nathanael Greene

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Part of NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2015 Clean Energy Developments 2015 has been a big year for renewable energy in the United States, with solar and wind power growing like crazy--providing more than 5 percent of the nation's electricity for...continued

Extension of Clean Energy Tax Incentives is a Major Bright Spot In Congress's New Spending Bill

Posted December 16, 2015 by Nathanael Greene

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The White House and congressional negotiators agreed last night on a sweeping package of energy policies that will be attached to the "must-pass" omnibus spending bill. A major bright spot in this package--as bright as the sun, one could argue--is...continued

West Virginia: An Unexpected Example Of Why Extending The Solar Investment Tax Credit Is So Important

Posted December 15, 2015 by Nathanael Greene

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West Virginia isn't usually the first place you think of when you think about solar power. It doesn't have the bright sun of the Southwest, or the solar pride of place found in states like Massachusetts, which is equally bright...continued

A Tall Wind Turbine Tower Can Herald Clean Energy Advances in Southeast and Midwest, with Congress' Help

Posted November 23, 2015 by Nathanael Greene

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News last week that a concrete wind turbine tower almost 115 meters tall is being built as part of a new Iowa wind farm might seem exciting only to energy wonks like me. But it shouldn't be, because it can...continued

The Clean Power Plan Will Serve As A Major Driver of Clean Energy Development

Posted August 7, 2015 by Nathanael Greene

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Want to know some even more good news about the Clean Power Plan to cut dangerous carbon pollution from the nation's power plants that President Obama announced on Monday? Thanks to the fast-dropping price of wind and solar power, and...continued

Not Just for the States Anymore: a Federal Renewable Electric Standard Would Benefit Us All

Posted June 15, 2015 by Nathanael Greene

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Renewable electricity standards in 28 states and the District of Columbia are driving the build-out of an impressive amount of renewable energy--more than 51 gigawatts of pollution-free power installations between 1998 and 2013 alone. (Just to give you a sense...continued

Taller turbines change the political landscape of which states benefit from wind power

Posted May 20, 2015 by Nathanael Greene

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Improved wind power technologies already widely used in Europe--taller turbine towers of 110 meters and more, and more powerful rotors--can cost-effectively open up huge swaths of the country to wind power development. That's the great news out in a new...continued

And the winner is... new renewables pass new fossil fuels globally

Posted April 17, 2015 by Nathanael Greene

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Start spreading the news: The world is now deploying more renewable energy in the production of electricity--more wind and solar power, in particular--than it is fossil fuels. And it has been since 2013, according to the analysts at Bloomberg New...continued

35 Percent Wind? No problem, lots of benefits!

Posted March 18, 2015 by Nathanael Greene

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There's a lot of excellent news out in the report the U.S. Department of Energy released last Thursday about the benefits of increased wind power deployment in the U.S. Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United...continued

Led by the U.S., clean energy showing economic muscle worldwide, especially wind and solar

Posted March 11, 2015 by Nathanael Greene

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If there was any doubt about the financial viability of environmentalism, a new report published by Advanced Energy Economy shows that energy entrepreneurs not only are making dramatic progress in developing clean fuel alternatives, but they also are making money...continued

2014 Meant More Renewables In More Places For Less Money: The Year In Review

Posted December 19, 2014 by Nathanael Greene

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Another in NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments   This year, the already good news about renewable energy in the United States got even better: Wind and solar power cost less than ever before and are being used...continued

NYS Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar

Posted December 17, 2014 by Nathanael Greene

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For New Yorkers like me, who’ve wanted to put solar panels on their roofs but found it wasn’t feasible, there’s some excellent news, thanks to an effort NRDC and others helped initiate at the New York State Public Service Commission...continued

Dizzying Renewable Energy Price Declines Can Help States Meet Ambitious Carbon Targets Under The EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted December 5, 2014 by Nathanael Greene

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Here’s some exciting news from the number crunchers here at NRDC: Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June. As we wrote in...continued

Local Solar Rules Can Save You Big Bucks

Posted September 23, 2014 by Nathanael Greene

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The price of an average U.S. home solar power system is about $20,000. (That’s before a 30 percent federal tax credit and any state, local and/or utility incentives.) If the price were to drop to $17,000, or even $16,000, would...continued

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