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Noah Long, Legal Director, Western Energy Project, Energy & Transportation Program, San Francisco

Noah Long
Noah Long is a staff attorney working with NRDC's Energy Program. Noah’s first project with NRDC began in 2006, when he helped initiate NRDC’s campaign to protect Chilean Patagonia from large hydro development. Later, he joined the Energy program with a focus on regulation of electric and gas utilities, to align company and customer incentives to minimize the societal cost of energy services. He has worked on policies to deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency, invest in clean energy research and development, and clean up dirty power plants. Noah also worked with NRDC's land and wildlife program to minimize environmental conflicts from siting renewable energy projects. He currently manages NRDC’s western clean energy work and coordinates a national network of advocates supporting strong and effective carbon standards for power plants. Noah holds a JD from Stanford Law School, an MSc. in International Development and Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics, and a BA from Bowdoin College.

Recent Posts

EPA's Denver hearing on the Clean Power Plan: My comments

Posted July 29, 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 morning I attended the sold-out EPA hearing in Denver on the proposed Clean Power Plan. From what I saw, most of the crowd and speakers were overwhelmingly in favor of strong and effective standards to cut carbon pollution.  Here...continued

Clean Energy in Colorado Will Outpace the EPA Carbon Standard

Posted June 5, 2014 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Colorado Senator Mark Udall and the National Renewable Energy Lab Director on top of a windmill. Source: Dennis Schroeder/NREL On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) followed through on President Obama’s commitment to limit carbon pollution from power plants....continued

California courts uphold clean energy research and development

Posted May 28, 2014 by Noah Long

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In a big win for California electricity customers, businesses and clean energy economy, the California state appellate court upheld the state’s electricity research and development program today. Southern California Edison recently brought a legal challenge to the Public Utility Commission’s most...continued

The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 2

Posted April 18, 2014 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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This entry is the second of a two-part follow up to the blog I posted last fall. The first entry focused on the national story of coal's decline, this entry focuses on the west. Investors already projected another bleak year for...continued

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

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