Julie McNamara

Energy analyst

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Julie McNamara is an energy analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she analyzes state, regional, and national policies relating to clean energy development and deployment. Ms. McNamara holds an M.S. in technology and policy from MIT, and a B.A. in biology and political economy from Williams College. See Julie's full bio.

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In New Mexico, Facing the Question of What Comes After Coal

New Mexico has a chance now, before its coal plants and coal mining operations have closed, and before jobs have been lost, to chart an intentional path toward a clean energy future that is considerate of both the benefits and challenges that such a transition will bring. By committing to an energy plan dominated by renewables, policymakers in the state can secure good jobs, significant capital investment, and a brighter, cleaner, and healthier world for all New Mexicans. Read more >

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Why Did Hurricane Irma Leave so Many People in the Dark?

The National Hurricane Center issued its final advisory for Irma on Monday night, September 11, but for millions of people left in the storm’s wake, the disaster remains far from over. One stark reminder? Power outages. Everywhere. Read more >

Florida Power & Light
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Coal-Fired Power Producers Announce a New Game Plan: Wind, Wind, Wind

Quick quiz: What does the nation’s top emitter of power sector carbon dioxide have in common with the largest-ever wind project in the US?

More than just superlatives, if American Electric Power (AEP) gets its way. Read more >

Department of Energy
Credit: Renewable Choice Energy
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Once Deemed Too Small to Be Counted, Rooftop Solar Is Now Racing Up the Charts

Sometimes, the littlest of things can point to the biggest of leaps. Read more >

Wayne National Forest/Creative Commons (Flickr)
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While You Weren’t Looking, Energy Efficiency Became One of Our Nation’s Top Energy Resources

Here’s a fact I bet you didn’t know: in 2015, energy efficiency saved more electricity than was produced by every type of electricity resource in our country but for coal and natural gas. Hydro, renewables, even nuclear—energy efficiency saved more than each of them produced.

That is incredible. It also means that energy efficiency came through as the third-largest electricity resource in the United States that year.

When it comes to clean energy, we spend a lot of our time talking about the tremendous benefits and abilities of resources like wind and solar. But do you know the very cleanest energy resource we have? That would be the one that helps us never call upon an electron at all.
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ACEEE, October 2016
ACEEE, May 2017
Clean Energy Momentum, (UCS, April 2017)
ACEEE, May 2017
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