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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

Get Happy: Good News about Solar

Posted September 17, 2014 by Nathanael Greene

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There’s some pretty happy-making news out in today from the federal government. The price of solar is down while installations continue to soar. There are more jobs building solar systems and more solar systems out there cleaning up our air....continued

Three Cheers for Solar Champions

Posted April 18, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Solving Global Warming

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In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama gave a shout out to solar energy: “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar,” he said, “every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job...continued

Biomass: Not Carbon Neutral and Often Not Clean

Posted April 8, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Power companies, facing pressure to find alternatives to fossil fuels like coal, often consider turning to biomass – an umbrella term for fuel that is newly derived from plant matter.  Until recently, most people including policy makers assumed all biomass...continued

Solar Schools: It's a Movement

Posted April 4, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The National Solar Schools Consortium launched yesterday at the opening of the widely-attended National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference. Still in its infancy, the goal of the Consortium is to act as a unified voice for the growing solar schools...continued

Attacks on Solar Should Be Rejected. Period.

Posted February 11, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Solving Global Warming

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[Feb 14, 2014: updated to reflect initial reports from NARUC meeting] Utility executives and regulators from across the country met in Washington, D.C., this week for the winter meeting of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. As predicted there was...continued

The State of Renewables Is Strong and Congress Needs to Keep It That Way

Posted January 29, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Solving Global Warming

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Last night, in his State of the Union speech, President Obama reaffirmed our country’s moral obligation to protect our kids from the dangers of climate change. And in doing that, he gave a shout-out to one of America’s fastest-growing industries,...continued

Gov. Cuomo Launches Solar Schools Program for NY

Posted January 8, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Today Governor Cuomo announced "K-Solar," a new solar schools program that will help put solar panels on schools throughout New York. The program is the first of its kind and links community solar to solar schools in innovative new ways....continued

Obama Orders Federal Government to Use More Clean Energy

Posted December 5, 2013 by Nathanael Greene in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Pushing ahead under his Climate Action Plan, President Obama today ordered the federal government to ensure that within seven years, 20 percent of its electricity comes from renewable sources. That goal is now more than double the government’s current level...continued

Charlotte, Philly & LA Make Your School a Solar School!

Posted November 4, 2013 by Nathanael Greene in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Ever since we started our Solar Schools crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo a few weeks ago, we’ve gotten calls from around the country asking where we’re planning to conduct our pilot projects for school communities that want to go solar. Well,...continued

Make Your School a Solar School

Posted October 29, 2013 by Nathanael Greene in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Thank you so much to everyone who has supported our Solar Schools initiative. We are 42% of the way to reaching our goal in less than 2 weeks! And during that time, we’ve been hearing from people - like you...continued

NRDC Launches the Solar Schools Revolution

Posted October 7, 2013 by Nathanael Greene in Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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The politics in Washington, DC today—the shutdown, the debt ceiling, the finger pointing—it’s enough to make even a policy wonk like me say “yuck!” This is America. We’re a can-do country, but it doesn’t seem like this Congress can do...continued

Dazzling dozen show how clean energy policy work for solar

Posted July 25, 2013 by Nathanael Greene

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Here’s an amazing fact: A collection of 12 states, with 28 percent of the US population, have a monumental 85% of the nation’s installed solar power. That’s right: 85%. These 12 states include some, like California, Arizona and Nevada, where...continued

Vote Solar's new Project Permit gives you a way to make solar cheaper

Posted June 5, 2013 by Nathanael Greene in Solving Global Warming

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German homeowners who want to install solar on their roofs pay about half the price Americans do: $3 a watt, compared to $6 a watt here. That’s the difference between wide-scale renewable energy deployment—solar supplies as much as 10 percent...continued

NRDC applauds Senator Coons' MLP Parity Act & looks forward to continued partnership in its enhancement

Posted April 25, 2013 by Nathanael Greene in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators led by Sen. Chris Coons (DE) re-introduced the MLP Parity Act, underscoring the critical importance of continuing to utilize the tax code to overcome the market barriers impeding the growth of clean energy and...continued

DOE report shows schools the money in efficiency and solar

Posted April 2, 2013 by Nathanael Greene in Solving Global Warming

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Maybe like me, you’ve seen some eye-popping news reports recently about how much money solar energy can save schools. I’m the father of two elementary-school-aged girls, and in the last couple of months alone, I’ve read with great envy and...continued

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