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→
Pierre Bull, Policy Analyst, Air & Energy, New York City
I advocate for clean renewable energy and energy efficiency at primarily the state level.
Prior to working at NRDC, I was a project manager for 2 ½ years at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), running efficiency and demand response incentive programs for commercial buildings. I received my M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan and B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Outside of work I am usually, well, outside. My outdoor passions include long-distance bike rides, hiking, birding, and landscape photography.
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→
Silicon Valley is a hub of clean energy innovation, home to a host of companies and start-ups that include electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla and solar leasers Solar City. The place is even the location for California’s first (and, so far,...continued→
Solar is hot. With a foundation of consistent, long-term deployment policies at both the federal and state levels, solar PV in the U.S. is leading an unparalleled price decline on the strength of enduring high demand from U.S. consumers. This and many...continued→
Hey, New York Municipalities: A great opportunity is coming your way. It can help create jobs in your community, cut your administrative costs, decrease your town’s carbon footprint, and help homeowners slash their energy...continued→
Clean, renewable energy continues to advance in the states. And a majority of state legislatures have drawn to a close for the year. Legislative bills that threatened to weaken or repeal existing renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) in states including Kansas, Missouri, and North Carolina were...continued→
Our leaders in Albany are THIS close to taking giant leaps forward for solar energy in the state. Three-way negotiations are underway between Governor Cuomo and both houses of the state legislature to hammer out final language on the NY...continued→
Media coverage of renewable energy developments at the state level continued to center on the efforts led by the Koch Brothers-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to try and weaken, repeal, or “repeal-by-weaken” renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) in a...continued→
Today North Carolina took another stand for clean energy – just one day after a national news article reported that states are turning against renewable energy. A North Carolina legislative committee rejected an attempt to effectively repeal the state’s law...continued→
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to extend Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun Initiative through 2023 and solidify the state’s long-term commitment to solar energy. Today’s bipartisan vote for the New York Solar Bill (S.2522) indicates growing support among lawmakers for delivering comprehensive...continued→
Clean energy foes in Congress desperately drill into scant evidence to argue against federal wind energy support
Yesterday, deep within the recesses of Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology -- Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing: Assessing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Wind Energy Incentives. The hearing was scheduled on the...continued→
Attacks on state renewable energy deployment policies continue in at least twenty-two states. However the news is not all bad with a near equal balance of states presenting opportunities to expand, strengthen or improve existing renewable energy policies. For fellow...continued→
I couldn't be more proud of my boyhood state, Kansas, where three weeks ago, State senators voted to defend the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS), sending a clear message to opponents of clean energy that the clean economy is real and is...continued→
Good news came today from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) with a groundbreaking analysis that tracked more than 110,000 new clean energy jobs announced by more than 300 U.S. companies and state and local clean economy programs in every region of the...continued→
Governor Andrew Cuomo today called for a major expansion of his NY-Sun Initiative in his 2013 State of the State address. First announced in his State of the State last January, his NY-Sun Initiative called for “doubling solar installations in 2012...continued→
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