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Pierre Bull, Policy Analyst, Air & Energy, New York City

Pierre Bull

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.

Recent Posts

Circuit-Breaking Net Metering Policy for Rooftop Solar Will Leave Everyone in the Dark

Posted January 20, 2016 by Pierre Bull

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Net metering (NEM), which at its core is a simple policy that credits utility customers at the full "retail rate" for the solar power they generate and supply back to their local utility grid, is seeing a wide divergence in...continued

California Public Utilities Commission Issues Proposal to Evolve Net Energy Metering

Posted December 15, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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"Changes to net energy metering will kill rooftop solar!" the solar industry says. "Greedy solar companies are shifting costs to lower-income, non-solar customers!" say the utilities. You may have heard there's an epic battle underway between the solar industry...continued

Veterans Tell Congress: Extend the Investment Tax Credit ASAP

Posted November 19, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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Here's a harsh truth for many military veterans: post-service employment opportunities can be hard to come by. That was the case for Nanncy Valais, who spent almost 10 years in Navy aviation administration and hoped to find civilian work in...continued

California is one step away from keeping dirty fossil fueled backup generation out of demand response - for good

Posted October 22, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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The dangers of inhaling dirty fumes from the combustion of diesel and other fossil fuels are well known. The bulk of this pollution comes from mobile sources like large trucks and ships moving heavy freight. NRDC has led the decades-long...continued

College student teams compete for the greenest, best-looking home in Orange County, Ca

Posted October 16, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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"This is a leadership program," said Richard King, Director of the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon last week as he surveyed the scene at Orange County, California's Great Park in Irvine. "It's a talent incubator. These are our next...continued

New report shows "flexiwatts" are the next big opportunity for a cleaner grid and customer savings

Posted August 26, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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We hear it over and over again from naysayers of renewable energy from sources like wind and solar who claim that we will experience electricity grid failure if we rely too much on solar, wind and other variable renewable energy...continued

NRDC Proposal to Evolve Net Metering in California

Posted August 18, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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The solar PV industry has achieved an important milestone by becoming a competitive source of electricity generation in California. Policies that include the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC), California Solar Initiative and net energy metering (NEM) have worked together...continued

First Lady Announces Solar Industry Plan to Hire 50,000 Military Veterans By 2020

Posted April 28, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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I've written before about how the solar industry and the nation's veterans make a great team. That's why First Lady Michelle Obama's announcement last week that the solar industry has committed to hiring an additional 33,000 veterans and their spouses...continued

Going solar should be no more difficult than getting cable TV

Posted April 8, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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Americans love solar and recognize that beyond producing energy it powers us toward greater energy independence, combats global warming and lowers our utility bills. Getting a grid-connected home solar electric system up and running shouldn't be particularly hard or time-consuming....continued

New report shines a light on innovative American cities advancing clean energy policies

Posted April 7, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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More than 57 million people live in our country's 100 largest cities--1 in 6 Americans, in fact. The metropolitan areas that cities anchor are places with high electric demand. That's why innovative urban solar policies that promote the clean power...continued

A New Tool to Assess the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Resources from the Electric Power Research Institute

Posted March 19, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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If you've been following the solar news recently, you know there's a huge controversy brewing about the benefits and costs that distributed solar power systems bring to the electric grid. New protocols released last month by the Electric Power Research...continued

Report: Solar Added 50% More American Jobs than Oil & Gas Drilling and Pipeline Construction in 2014

Posted January 15, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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There's thrilling news out today about job growth in the U.S. solar industry: Last year, the industry added more than 31,000 jobs, and solar jobs grew at rate of 21.8 percent, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2014,...continued

Single-Family Solar Power Beats S&P 500 in 46 out of 50 American Cities

Posted January 14, 2015 by Pierre Bull

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If I were a newsboy, here's the headline I'd shout out on the street corner this afternoon: "Single-family solar power beats Standard & Poor's 500, in most American cities!" In fact, a just-released report finds that for owners of single-family...continued

Freeing The Grid Report Shows Which States Excel and Which States Lag in Promoting Solar

Posted December 8, 2014 by Pierre Bull

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Knowledge is power, or at least the first step toward it. That’s why, especially at this time when solar is under attack in so many state utility commissions, it’s exciting that our friends and colleagues at the advocacy groups Vote...continued

Lighting the Way: New Report Finds State Policies Drive Solar Growth

Posted August 5, 2014 by Pierre Bull

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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

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