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Peter Miller, Senior Scientist, San Francisco

Peter Miller
Peter Miller is a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) with over 25 years experience in energy and climate policy. His work is focused on California energy policy, AB32 implementation, GHG emissions accounting and offsets. He is currently a boardmember of the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) and has served on the California Board for Energy Efficiency and on both Independent Review Panels evaluating the Public Interest Energy Research program at the California Energy Commission. Mr. Miller has degrees from Dartmouth College and Reed College.

Recent Posts

New Organization Could Help Push Energy Efficiency Programs to Even Higher Levels

Posted April 10, 2014 by Peter Miller in Solving Global Warming

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A new organization is being formed that could help vault energy efficiency programs to a new level of performance and accomplishment in California and we’re looking for technical experts to help make that happen. The California Technical Forum (Cal TF)...continued

Celebrating a Solar Milestone with Big Clean Energy Implications

Posted March 28, 2014 by Peter Miller in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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California can feel good about the fact that it has more than half of all the solar rooftops in America, but now there’s even more to celebrate – the 100,000th such installation and the commitment it signifies. This milestone demonstrates the...continued

California Renewable Energy Wishes for 2014

Posted January 7, 2014 by Peter Miller in Solving Global Warming

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With the start of the New Year, it’s a good time to review the state’s substantial progress under the California Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) – one of the world’s most ambitious renewable energy programs – and how we can get...continued

Study shows California can meet its climate goals

Posted December 3, 2013 by Peter Miller in Solving Global Warming

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently completed a study that shows California is well on the path to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and meeting its ambitious climate goals. The analysis found that regulations that have already been adopted have put...continued

Update: CARB Defers Action on Coal Mine Methane Offsets

Posted October 25, 2013 by Peter Miller in Solving Global Warming

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Late today, the California Air Resources Board directed staff to conduct additional analysis and respond to concerns raised about a proposal to allow the state’s major polluters to use reductions from methane emissions from coal mines as a way to...continued

Coal Mine Methane Offsets Don't Belong in California's AB 32 Clean Energy Law

Posted October 24, 2013 by Peter Miller in Solving Global Warming

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The California Air Resources Board is scheduled to decide tomorrow whether to allow the state’s largest polluters to use reductions from methane emissions from coal mines as a way to comply with California’s AB 32 clean energy law. We think...continued

Energy Efficiency Firms Lead Worldwide Clean Technology List

Posted October 21, 2013 by Peter Miller in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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The new Global Cleantech 100 list of private companies breaking barriers with their clean technology ideas and executions across the worldwide economy finds that energy efficiency companies not only continue to dominate the list, but are growing in influence.    For the...continued

Clean Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Program Approved

Posted September 13, 2013 by Peter Miller in Solving Global Warming

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The California Legislature just voted to establish a $162 million annual clean energy research, development, and demonstration program, allowing the newly minted Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program to move forward and provide enormous benefits to California utility customers, the...continued

AB32 Opponents Try to S-"CARE" California

Posted August 20, 2013 by Peter Miller in Solving Global Warming

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Longtime opponents to California’s clean energy laws are at it again, this time under a new banner group called Californians for Affordable and Reliable Energy (“CARE”) that is linked to the lobbyists for the two major opponents to the AB...continued

Building Confidence in Energy Savings Estimates to Unleash Energy Efficiency

Posted June 19, 2013 by Peter Miller in Solving Global Warming

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Energy efficiency is California’s top priority and cheapest resource for meeting our energy needs, but controversy over how to evaluate the state’s energy-savings efforts is limiting their potential to save money and slash pollution. The lead commissioner overseeing energy efficiency...continued

Another Victory for California's AB 32 Clean Energy and Climate Law

Posted January 30, 2013 by Peter Miller in Solving Global Warming

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A process adopted by the California Air Resources Board to help the state’s largest polluters meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets under the AB 32 Global Warming Solutions Act has surpassed a legal challenge. In a 34-page ruling released on...continued

Proposition 39: California's "Power Boost" for Energy Efficiency

Posted January 28, 2013 by Peter Miller in Solving Global Warming

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Remember those scenes in the cartoons where the hero is about to be overtaken by the bad guys, but at the last minute he tells the co-pilot to turn on the “power boost” and the car leaps forward to the...continued

Proposition 39: The gift that keeps on giving

Posted December 5, 2012 by Peter Miller in Solving Global Warming

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This time of year, a lot of us are focused on gifts: Hanukah gifts, Christmas gifts. For those of us lucky enough to have jobs, there’s sometimes even the prospect of a year-end bonus. One gift that hasn’t received the...continued

New Poll: Hold Polluters Accountable for Climate Change, Invest in Clean Energy

Posted November 14, 2012 by Peter Miller in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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A new poll released today shows that voters in California, Oregon and Washington support efforts to hold polluters accountable for contributing to climate change and want the financial penalties invested in clean energy sources and infrastructure. Coincidentally, the results are...continued

A Brighter Idea: The Untold Story of the CFL (Part 3 of 3)

Posted October 10, 2012 by Peter Miller in Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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V. Sealing the Deal: Federal Standards In January 2012, a federal standard became effective that requires all light bulbs sold in the United States to be 28 percent more efficient than a normal incandescent light bulb, and to continue to...continued

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