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Vignesh Gowrishankar, Staff Scientist (Sustainable Energy), New York

Vignesh Gowrishankar

I advocate on sustainable energy issues at NRDC. My focus is on federal and state policies, programs and mechanisms to promote greater industrial energy efficiency, more sustainable energy practices and increased renewable energy deployment across the US (and also globally). Prior to joining NRDC, I was in Melbourne for 18 months as a policy adviser on climate change related issues to the Premier of the Australian State of Victoria. Before that I was a consultant with McKinsey in the US. I completed my PhD from Stanford researching solar cells, and I went to undergrad at IIT Madras in India. I live in New York and wish its summers could last longer. I love traveling, playing soccer and trying out at least one new restaurant per week.

Recent Posts

Catalyzing the oil and gas industry to clean up its act

Posted April 3, 2014 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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The oil and gas industry leaks a significant amount of natural gas into the atmosphere. Most of this leaked gas is methane, a powerful greenhouse gas pollutant. This leaked gas also represents lost product for the oil and gas industry,...continued

White House Attacks Heat-Trapping Methane, Second Biggest Climate Pollutant

Posted March 28, 2014 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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[This post written with David Doniger and Meleah Geertsma.] The White House today released its long-awaited Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. Promised in President Obama's Climate Action Plan last June, the methane strategy is a big step in the right direction.   Methane...continued

My mini-Silkwood moment: The other perils of gas leakage

Posted March 6, 2014 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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At about 7 am this morning, not long after I got out bed, I heard loud knocking on my door. Quizzical, I opened it to be surprised by the presence of a fully-equipped fireman asserting, “We have to evacuate all...continued

UPDATE: Colorado finalizes its big step forward to control methane pollution

Posted February 28, 2014 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last weekend, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission adopted important final standards  that will rein in methane pollution from the state’s booming oil and gas industry.  These standards, which Governor Hickenlooper proposed last November, are the first set of rules to...continued

Demand Response to the Rescue as Power Plants Creak and Croak in the Cold

Posted January 9, 2014 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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As most of us in the eastern half of North America can testify, it is frightfully cold out. But the chill is not limited to us living beings alone. Even our electricity infrastructure is feeling the brunt of it. And...continued

Study: Methane pollution from oil and gas industry much larger than prior estimates

Posted December 5, 2013 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Last week, a team led by Harvard scientists Scot Miller and Steven Wofsy published a new study in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that found that methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, agriculture...continued

Big step forward to tackle methane pollution from Colorado's oil and gas industry

Posted November 20, 2013 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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On Monday, Governor Hickenlooper proposed new, first-of-their-kind standards that represent a promising start to reduce methane and air pollution from Colorado’s booming oil and gas industry. This action is a significant development in a couple of ways. First, it would...continued

The federal government needs to ensure that harmful methane leakage is reduced from natural gas supply chain

Posted November 7, 2013 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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“The federal government needs to do more to limit the release of methane and other pollutants from the production and distribution of natural gas.  Absent such steps, the increased use of natural gas will aggravate smog, expose the public to...continued

How U.S. Industry Can Support the Economy and Cut Emissions Through Combined Heat and Power - and Help Fulfill President Obama's Climate Plan

Posted July 12, 2013 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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When President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan at Georgetown University recently, he called for an end to the era of unlimited carbon pollution from U.S. power plants, directing EPA to come up with a flexible, state-based plan to cut...continued

Stepping Up to Control Climate Super-Pollutants

Posted May 8, 2013 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) introduced a bill today that seeks to catalyze the nation’s action on “climate super-pollutants” – non-carbon-dioxide air pollutants with an enormous warming influence on our climate. At the core of the bill is the creation...continued

No smell of gas - but is that really OK?

Posted April 16, 2013 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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A recent study of Manhattan suggests that a considerable amount of natural gas is being leaked into the atmosphere from our infrastructure. New York is not alone – similar leaks were witnessed earlier in Boston too. These indications cannot be...continued

Clearing the Air, and Making Clear More is Needed to Control Methane Leakage from Natural Gas

Posted April 3, 2013 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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WRI released a new report today called Clearing the Air: Reducing Upstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions From U.S. Natural Gas Systems. Its conclusions, which echo many of ours from our Leaking Profits report, find that methane emissions from natural gas systems...continued

Policy guide for deploying more Combined Heat and Power - a highly efficient energy technology

Posted March 20, 2013 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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The Guide to the successful implementation of state Combined Heat and Power (CHP) policies was released last week, by SEE Action. CHP is a versatile technology that has great potential to generate useful energy more efficiently, and yield significant benefits...continued

White House seeks to harness the multiple benefits of industrial energy efficiency

Posted August 30, 2012 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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In an Executive Order issued by the White House earlier today, the President committed to pursuing industrial energy efficiency as a means to achieve many significant benefits for America’s industrial and manufacturing sector: lower energy costs for industry and improved...continued

EPA's regulations would not be a burden on the natural gas industry, says Bloomberg Government

Posted August 1, 2012 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Bloomberg Government (BGov) recently released a report [subscription required for full report] that assesses the business implications of the EPA’s regulations to control air pollution from the natural gas industry. While NRDC does not agree with some of the report’s...continued

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