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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

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

Posted December 19, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Solving Global Warming, Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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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

Time for More Solar on Schools and More Solar Schools

Posted September 22, 2014 by Nathanael Greene

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Hot on the announcement of New York’s new K-Solar program, (read that: K Through Solar), which offers free advice to schools interested in going solar, there’s more good news that the movement to get solar on the nation’s 125,000 K-12...continued

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

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