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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

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

California's Landmark Solar Deployment Program - the CA Solar Initiative - has Successfully Lifted the State's Distributed Solar Industry into Orbit

Posted June 20, 2014 by Pierre Bull

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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

Report: Nearly 5,600 Clean Energy and Transportation Jobs Announced in Q1 2014

Posted May 22, 2014 by Pierre Bull

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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

Through Solar Jobs, Veterans Find a Continuation in Mission to Serve Nation and Environment

Posted April 7, 2014 by Pierre Bull

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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

New Attack Threatens Clean Energy Law in Ohio

Posted April 2, 2014 by Pierre Bull

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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: Another Attack on Clean Energy Falls Short

Posted March 26, 2014 by Pierre Bull

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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

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