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Noah Long, Legal Director, Western Energy Project, Energy & Transportation Program; and Clean Energy Counsel, Land & Wildlife Program, San Francisco

Noah Long
I became an environmentalist while growing up in Santa Fe, surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. I recently returned for a year at home in northern New Mexico, working on western energy policy for NRDC. I will no longer sooth my norteño needs for chile verde at the burrito shops in San Francisco’s Mission District or transfer my love for skiing and snowboarding by surfing the frigid and sharky waters of northern California. I look forward to getting back to hiking, fishing and skiing in my beloved Rocky Mountains. I started my NRDC career while in law school as a MAP sustainable energy fellow in the Climate Center and International Program in Washington, D.C. I helped start our campaign to protect Chilean Patagonia from destructive hydro development and worked as a consultant on that project for a couple of years. I started full time in the Energy Program after law school. Last year, I started working with the Lands Program. I am one of a small but growing number of NRDC staff that navigate between programs: my work is focused on transitioning western states to clean energy and supporting rapid development of renewable energy in a manner that protects our public lands and important natural resources. Working for NRDC is a dream job for a publicly minded attorney -- every day we are charged with making the world a better place.

Recent Posts

The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 1

Posted March 24, 2014 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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This entry is the first of a two-part follow up to the blog I wrote last fall. This first entry focuses on the national story, the next entry will focus on coal in the west. Across the United States, economics...continued

Western Energy News Round-Up: Solar Financing and Surcharges, Fracking and Methane Regulation, and Fines for Wind Eagle Deaths

Posted December 21, 2013 by Noah Long

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Western Energy News Round-Up is a periodic selection of news highlighting recent energy and environmental issues in the western United States. November 14 – December 20, 2013 Renewable Energy: S.F. plans to revive a solar finance program that many cities...continued

Renewable Energy Offers Best Hope, Not Threat

Posted December 3, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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A recent LA Times article raises fears that clean energy might make the electric grid less reliable.  The article gets some key facts wrong.  Clean energy, key to fighting dangerous climate change, is manageable and getting cheaper all the time....continued

A Win for Energy Innovation

Posted November 15, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Nuclear Weapons, Waste and Energy, Reviving the World's Oceans, Solving Global Warming

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The California Public Utilities Commission approved a new electricity research and development program for the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities yesterday, paving the way for a critical investment in a clean energy future with affordable and reliable electrical service. The Electric...continued

Western Energy News Round-Up: Idaho falls in efficiency ranks, Renewables boosting Montana, CA on track to meet carbon targets

Posted November 13, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Western Energy News Round-Up is a periodic selection of news highlighting recent energy and environmental issues in the western United States. November 6 – November 13, 2013 Clean Energy: Idaho Falls Behind In Energy Efficiency, As Ore., Wash. Maintain Top...continued

Western Energy News Round-Up: Wind Record Topped, Cost-Effective Storage, and Coal's Declining Market Share

Posted November 6, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Western Energy News Round-Up is a periodic selection of news highlighting recent energy and environmental issues in the western United States. October 31 – November 5, 2013 Renewable Energy: Xcel Colorado sets U.S. record with over 60% wind Xcel Energy's...continued

Western Energy News Round-Up: Historic Climate Plan Inked and Energy Storage Targets Set, Efficiency and Renewables Cheaper than Fossil Fuels, Pollution Standards Increase Economic Opportunity, and Conservation Approaches Differ for Endangered Birds

Posted October 30, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Western Energy News Round-Up is a periodic selection of news highlighting recent energy and environmental issues in the western United States. October 16-29, 2013 Renewable Energy: California joins Oregon, Washington and British Columbia in climate action plan Gov. Jerry Brown...continued

Solar Means Business, More than Ever

Posted October 30, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Guest blog by NRDC legal fellow Nick Jimenez Photo by Black Rock Solar, under Creative Commons licensing: Students at Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno, NV celebrate the installation solar power at their school. NRDC has a crowd-funded campaign...continued

Dirty Coal is Getting Priced Out and in the West, Shut Down.

Posted October 22, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The economics of energy are changing. It’s good news for our health and the planet that it’s cheaper for utilities to buy clean energy -- renewables and efficiency -- than fossil fuels to generate electricity for our homes and businesses....continued

Western Energy News Round-Up: Solar Growth and Storage, Wind Advances along Gulf Coast, State Battle over Looming Water Crisis, and Dire Forecast for Southwestern Forests

Posted October 18, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Western Energy News Round-Up is a periodic selection of news highlighting recent energy and environmental issues in the western United States. October 10 – October 18, 2013 Renewable Energy: New Report: Leading U.S. Companies Make Big Investments in Solar Energy...continued

Climate Change is Killing Our Mountain Trees

Posted October 15, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Among the glories of the southwest, especially at this time of year, are the forests near my home in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, afire with yellow aspen. But climate change is threatening the mountain forests that...continued

Western Energy News Round-Up: Efficiency Delivers, Renewable Energy on the Cheap, Solar Advances in Utah and Wyoming, Loans to Clean up Coal, and Texas Drought Impacts Estuary

Posted October 8, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Western Energy News Round-Up is a periodic selection of news highlighting recent energy and environmental issues in the western United States. September 25 – October 8, 2013 Renewable Energy: NREL: Wind, solar power benefits can outweigh fossil fuel costs Increasing...continued

Western Energy News Round-Up: Solar Thermal on the Grid, Regulations for Power Plants' Carbon Pollution, Ramifications of Climate-fueled Flooding and Wildfires

Posted September 25, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Western Energy News Round-Up is a periodic selection of news highlighting recent energy and environmental issues in the western United States. September 18-24, 2013 Renewable Energy: Solar Power From Giant Mirrors Flows Into California's Grid Ivanpah, BrightSource Energy’s massive solar...continued

Western Energy News Round-Up: Energy Efficiency Success, Cheap Clean Energy, Fracking Offshore, Ocean Acidification Threatens Business, and Causes of Colorado Flooding

Posted September 18, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Western Energy News Round-Up is a periodic selection of news highlighting recent energy and environmental issues in the western United States. September 10-17, 2013 Clean Energy: Xcel Energy hopes to triple Colorado solar, add wind power Xcel Energy Inc. is...continued

Western Energy News Round-Up: Residential Energy Codes, Data Centers Run on Renewables, Fires Cost $1 Billion, Worst Drought in a Century and Drilling Limited Near Heritage Site

Posted September 9, 2013 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Western Energy News Round-Up is a periodic selection of news highlighting recent energy and environmental issues in the western United States. August 15th through September 9th, 2013 Clean Energy: Efficiency Advocates and Home Builders Seeing Eye to Eye Late last month, twenty...continued

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