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Starla Yeh, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate and Clean Air Program, New York

Starla Yeh
I joined the Climate and Clean Air team at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2010. My main focus is climate policy and ways to set standards for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the biggest climate pollution emitters in the nation. Prior to joining NRDC, I worked in the Insurance-Linked Securities group at Swiss Re Capital Markets. I currently live in New York, and enjoy skiing, climbing, and generally being outdoors, especially in the mountains.

Recent Posts

EIA Report Confirms Clean Power Plan Is Affordable And Effective, but Overstates the Cost of the Best Compliance Options -- Efficiency and Renewables Can do More at Lower Costs

Posted May 26, 2015 by Starla Yeh

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The Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA) has assessed the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, and concludes that the Plan can achieve large carbon pollution reductions with very small impacts on electricity and natural gas prices. It is the...continued

Understanding the Latest Bogus Jobs Assessment of the Clean Power Plan

Posted April 22, 2015 by Starla Yeh

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This post authored by Kevin Steinberger, MAP Energy Policy Fellow. The American Action Forum, a self-described "center-right think tank," has taken the cherry-picking of evidence to new heights - or rather new lows - with recent claims that the Environmental...continued

PJM: Regional Cooperation Leads to Lower Costs and Enhanced Reliability

Posted March 10, 2015 by Starla Yeh

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Regional grid operator PJM, the regional transmission organization (RTO) with responsibility and authority to coordinate the efficient movement of electricity, has concluded that cooperation with other states is the cheapest and most beneficial way for states to meet their pollution...continued

We don't need increased gas OR pipelines to fight climate change

Posted February 13, 2015 by Starla Yeh

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A new report out from the Department of Energy shows that we don't need a substantial investment in more natural gas pipelines in our country in order to combat climate change. That's great news any way you slice it. But...continued

EPA's Washington D.C. Hearing on the Proposed Clean Power Plan: My Comments

Posted August 5, 2014 by Starla Yeh

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Last week, several colleagues and I attended the EPA Hearings held in Washington, D.C. to support the Clean Power Plan proposal, and offer ideas on how it can be strengthened. I spoke in particular about the EPA's assumptions on achievable levels...continued

Speaking Out for a Cleaner America at EPA's Hearing in Pittsburgh

Posted August 5, 2014 by Starla Yeh

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_____________________ Introducing Guest Blogger, Christina Zhou (MAP Fellow, Summer 2014) Christina graduated from Stanford University in May 2014 with a degree in Environmental Engineering.  She has joined NRDC's Climate and Clean Air Program as a MAP Fellow for the summer in New York City, and will...continued

EPA's Clean Power Plan Delivers Greater Emission Reductions than Vehicle Standards

Posted June 9, 2014 by Starla Yeh

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal this week to set the first-ever limits on how much carbon pollution the country’s existing power plants can pump into the atmosphere is a groundbreaking step toward combating climate change before it’s too late...continued

Tierney: EPA Standards are Manageable and Deliver the Benefits of Public Health and Reliable Electricity at the Same Time

Posted September 16, 2011 by Starla Yeh

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Dr. Sue Tierney of the Analysis Group asserted that there is no need to choose between public health and reliable electricity during Panel Two of the September 14th House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing on how...continued

Peer Review Discredits Electric Industry Claims While PJM Demonstrates Potential for Alternative Resources

Posted June 13, 2011 by Starla Yeh

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Contrary to industry claims, the standards that EPA has proposed to control air pollution from power plants can be safely implemented while maintaining the integrity of the grid.  A January 2011 report published by Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a utility...continued

EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards: Cleaner Air AND Reliable Electricity

Posted March 23, 2011 by Starla Yeh

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Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed Clean Air Act mercury and air toxics standards to curb harmful emissions from the nation’s fleet of aging and dirty power plants fueled by coal and oil.  The rule is part of...continued

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