Julie McNamara

Senior Energy analyst

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Julie McNamara is a senior 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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Hurricane Irma restoration in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on Sept. 11, 2017. Credit: Florida Power & Light.

Utility Restoration Workers a Large Factor in Speed—and Cost—of Hurricane Response

In the face of severe storms, utilities are investing billions of dollars in grid hardening to boost electricity resilience. But in the aftermath of such storms, vast numbers of restoration workers have also proven key to bringing power back fast. And those workers can add up to significant, and potentially repeating, costs. Read more >

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How Do Power Grids Beat the Summer Heat?

Sweltering summer weather presents challenges for the power grid, with air conditioners sending electricity use surging and high temperatures causing some equipment to stumble. But maintaining reliable grid operations is essential for health and safety in the face of high temperatures—and is ever more so as global warming threatens to make conditions even more severe. To overcome these challenges, the power grid deploys a range solutions, all the way from calling on rarely used power plants to asking customers to shift the timing of their non-essential electricity use. Recently, new technologies have emerged that enable solutions that are not just cheaper but cleaner, too. Read more >

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With New Power Plant Rule, Trump Administration Plumbs the Depths of the Indefensible

The result is a rule that does not actually require any minimum emissions reductions and is, at very best, estimated to achieve a half percent of additional emissions reductions by 2035. Read more >

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5 Ways the Trump Administration Will Eviscerate Science and Undermine Climate Action in New “Affordable Clean Energy” Rule

This week, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finalize carbon pollution standards for fossil fuel-fired power plants. Here are five attacks on science we’ll be on the lookout for as the administration attempts to subvert facts and evidence and arrive at a stunning reprieve for polluters. Read more >

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Prodded by Coal Industry, the EPA Decides Mercury Is Fine, Just Fine. Remind Them: It’s Not.

Under the direction of Andrew Wheeler, the EPA is proposing to find that mercury, a potent neurotoxin that can ruin a person’s fair shake at life before they’re ever born, is neither appropriate nor necessary to regulate from coal plants—by far mercury pollution’s largest source. You have until Wednesday, April 17 to submit a public comment and share your opinion on this toxic proposal. Read more >

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