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Roland Hwang, Transportation Program Director, San Francisco

Roland Hwang
I'm the Transportation Program Director for NRDC's energy program, working on transportation energy and global warming issues at the state and national levels. I'm based in San Francisco. Before I came to NRDC, I was the director of the Transportation Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists in the Berkeley office. I've also worked on energy forecasting models at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and as an air pollution engineer at the California Air Resources Board. I'm a mechanical engineer by training, with a master's degrees in mechanical engineering and public policy from the University of California.

Recent Posts

DOE Reboot of Auto Loans Will Deliver Cleaner Cars, Faster, Cheaper

Posted April 2, 2014 by Roland Hwang in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Clean energy got a boost today when Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the Department of Energy will jumpstart its stalled auto retooling loan program. This is good news for drivers who want cleaner cars, faster and cheaper. A successful restart of the...continued

Clearing the Air on Electric Cars and Pollution

Posted January 24, 2014 by Roland Hwang in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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A new study from North Carolina State purportedly shows that electric vehicles won’t reduce pollution in the long term.  A closer look at detailed results reveals that the study actually shows the opposite: that higher electric vehicle adoption can significantly...continued

Charge Ahead California Aims to Put Million Electric Vehicles on Road

Posted November 14, 2013 by Roland Hwang in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Switching to electricity to fuel our vehicle fleet is critical to meeting the state’s clean air, climate and energy goals. That's why NRDC is eager to partner with a diverse coalition of community-based, public health, science and conservation groups across...continued

Incentives can Ensure Electric Cars are Affordable for All

Posted September 23, 2013 by Roland Hwang in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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By signing AB8 (Perea) and SB359 (Corbett), Governor Brown has a critical opportunity to make electric cars affordable for all, cut air pollution, and boost the economy.  These bills will extend California’s existing, highly successful rebate program for clean cars...continued

Record-Breaking Fuel Efficiency Beats Expectations

Posted September 11, 2013 by Roland Hwang in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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With August setting another record for fuel efficiency, the auto industry is ahead of regulator's original expectation for model year 2013. The auto industry is clearly on track to meet the 2016 fuel economy standards and the longer-term, 2025 target...continued

Record Sales of Electric Cars Drives Revival of Loan Program

Posted September 6, 2013 by Roland Hwang in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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With sales of electric and other fuel-efficient cars hitting new highs in the U.S., the timing for DOE to restart its auto retooling program couldn’t be better. Electric vehicle sales in the U.S. hit a new high of 11,361 units, and average fuel efficiency for...continued

GM Boosts 2014 Malibu Fuel Efficiency at Low Cost

Posted August 29, 2013 by Roland Hwang in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Turns out big boosts in fuel economy at low cost are possible after all. For just a $160 price increase, GM is boosting the fuel economy of its 2014 midsize car, the Chevy Malibu, by 12%.  At 29 mpg, this 3...continued

Electric Cars Rising in the South

Posted August 28, 2013 by Roland Hwang in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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With climate changed-fueled wildfires raging in the West, the cost of unabated climate change is becoming increasingly clear. To avoid even worse outcomes, we need to move to clean energy, not just California but across the rest of the US. That's...continued

With Fisker Hearing, House Majority Continues Their War on Clean Energy

Posted April 25, 2013 by Roland Hwang in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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While the Wednesday House oversight hearing on Fisker’s failure is ostensibly about whether DOE should have pulled the plug on the loans earlier, it is really about continuation of the House majority’s War on Clean Energy.  Because there is broad...continued

Oil Industry's Slippery Accounting Includes Windfall Profits for Cleaner Gasoline

Posted April 22, 2013 by Roland Hwang in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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It’s not a surprise that EPA and the oil industry disagree about the cost of cleaning up gasoline to meet proposed “Tier 3” low sulfur standards. EPA estimates less than a penny a gallon but the oil industry claims 6...continued

Ending oil subsidies can pay for Energy Security Trust

Posted February 13, 2013 by Roland Hwang in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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In his State of the Union speech, President Obama proposed the creation of an “Energy Security Trust” to find clean alternatives to fuel our nation’s cars and trucks. We think that’s an excellent idea. One way to support this goal is to simply...continued

Post-election Lessons from MI and OH: Fuel Efficiency Matters

Posted November 13, 2012 by Roland Hwang in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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When it comes to understanding the outcomes in Michigan and Ohio, pundits have pointed to the auto rescue loans and clean energy playing decisive roles. Clean energy won big with voters, decisively choosing many candidates who campaigned on clean, renewable sources of energy, starting with...continued

Fuel Efficiency and EVs Get Big Boost from Elections

Posted November 8, 2012 by Roland Hwang in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Clean energy emerged a big winner Tuesday night. Big polluters emerged a clear loser. The American people chose many candidates who campaigned on clean, renewable sources of energy–starting with President Obama.  In the past four years, the President took unprecedented...continued

Clean Car Standards Shows Way Forward on Solving Climate Change

Posted November 4, 2012 by Roland Hwang in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The tragedy of Hurricane Sandy has brought into sharp relief the high costs of ignoring taking action to address climate change. While exact causes are difficult to pin down, what we do know is that just like the unprecedented droughts,...continued

Innovative "Off Cycle" Credits Give Stop-Start Systems, Other New Technologies Big Boost in Marketplace

Posted October 29, 2012 by Roland Hwang in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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New provisions in the recently finalized model year 2017 to 2025 carbon and fuel efficiency rules are set to give a huge boost to Innovative fuel-efficiency technologies. These new so-called “off-cycle credits” provisions --buried amidst 3,000 pages of regulatory documents...continued

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