The growth of solar power in the U.S. over the last decade has been simply mind-boggling. Since 2003, our country’s solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity has increased from a mere 97 megawatts to more than 12,000 megawatts at the end of...continued→
Pierre Bull, Policy Analyst, Air & Energy, New York City
People love renewable energy like wind and solar for various reasons: energy independence, saving money, cleaning up the environment, looking cool. My first renewables *kiss* goes back to my time as an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois where I co-led a student environmental campaign to institute a nominal student fee to help finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects on campus. To this day, numerous clean energy projects have been financed through this policy and they have paid for themselves through energy savings, health and environmental benefits. Getting to see first-hand these kinds of beneficial results from investing in our environment and future well-being is what ultimately renews my own personal energy and spirit in my daily work. Renewable energy is cool, man.
At NRDC I’ve spent the bulk of my time on solar, wind, geothermal, storage and smart grid. I try to understand what these technologies are capable of, their economic prospects, what institutional barriers stand in their way, and what standards we need to have to make sure they really deliver the environmental benefits they promise. I have a master’s in environmental policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
California's Landmark Solar Deployment Program - the CA Solar Initiative - has Successfully Lifted the State's Distributed Solar Industry into Orbit
The CA Solar Initiative (CSI), which got underway in 2006, is nearing its full solar deployment goal for one of its major program components approximately two years ahead of schedule. Independent analysts recently reviewed the program’s market impacts, concluding that the...continued→
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) reports that nearly 5,600 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced throughout the U.S. in the first quarter of 2014, a significant decline from the previous two quarters. The decline stems in part from: “… the expiration of federal...continued→
Liz Perez’s dad served in the first Gulf War. And after she enlisted in the Navy and found herself in the second one, “it made me ask a lot of questions about why we were here in the Gulf again.”...continued→
A small minority of Ohio lawmakers have fashioned a new attempt to stop clean energy investment in the state by suspending the goals in the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS), which aims to provide more energy efficiency opportunities for consumers...continued→
Good news from America’s heartland: A bipartisan coalition in the Kansas House stood with Kansans today in support of clean and renewable energy, turning back yet another attempt to repeal state Renewable Portfolio Standard aimed at fostering homegrown resources like...continued→
Major Outpouring of Support for Solar in New York As Decision Now Rests with the State Public Service Commission
With the force of over 16,500 New Yorkers voicing their support for more solar in New York State, today we joined our clean energy and environmental partners in filing formal comments with the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC) in strong support toward extending...continued→
Thanks to fateful winter sun on the morning of Feb 2nd, Staten Island Chuck's "six more weeks of winter forecast" is proving to be a painful truth this year. More snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures in the forecast, again. Maybe...continued→
Hot on the heels of last month’s exciting news that the US solar industry added nearly 24,000 jobs in 2013, making it one of the fastest-growing industries in the country, comes some really good news for New Yorkers: Over that...continued→
Climate polluter minority interests find tough sledding against the rise of clean energy bipartisan majorities in the states
Big polluters are once again taking their special interest lobbying efforts to the state level with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) issuing a slate full of resolutions and model bills attempting to weaken state policies that are driving renewable...continued→
There’s been a lot of excitement about the bright future of New York’s NY-Sun solar program after a bunch of major developments last week, including the governor’s exciting State of the State speech; an important petition that the New York...continued→
In the last year, New York has become something of a solar powerhouse, jumping to 10th in the country in installed solar power in the third quarter of 2013. That growth is due not only to the precipitous drop in...continued→
As the solstice approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about daylight. (And really, when it’s dark before I even leave the office, how can you not think about daylight?) Because everything that’s old is new again, the coming solstice has...continued→
When Kevin Virkler’s daughter Megan takes a shower—the kind of long, hot shower that only an adolescent can take—he doesn’t worry anymore about how much warming up all that hot water is going to cost. The reason? Solar hot water...continued→
Michigan and New York renewable portfolio standards (RPS) are adding jobs and reviving economic growth
[Revised Nov 19, 2013*] The policy known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), whereby retail electricity providers are mandated to meet an increasing share of sales from the competitive procurement of clean and renewable energy is proving successful as a...continued→
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