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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With New Manipulation of Benefit-Cost Analysis, the Trump EPA Attempts to Hide Bodies in the Fine Print

Here, now, the agency with its mission to protect human health and the environment is attempting to shovel tens of thousands of pollution-caused deaths off the main page and into the margins to make regulatory inaction pencil out. Read more >

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Blowing the Cover Off the “Cleanest Air” Sparkle of the Trump Administration

The Trump administration has repeatedly claimed to want clean air—the cleanest air—but behind the administration’s rhetoric the truth of its actions still stands. It simply cannot obfuscate away the fact that this administration has aggressively, repeatedly, and profoundly attacked the public health protections that keep us safe from harmful air pollutants. Read more >

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Flexible demand programs can boost renewables integration at the neighborhood and grid level. Credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL

One Way to Boost Renewables? Let Flexible Demand Lend a Helping Hand

The power grid has been designed, operated, and financially oriented around fossil fuels for decades. The legacy runs deep. Which makes a key topic in the energy transition “renewables integration,” or the technology, policy, and market changes needed to bring, and keep, ever higher levels of renewables online. One such switch? Fully valuing and mobilizing flexibility in electricity demand, the subject of a new issue brief from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Read more >

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The US Power Sector’s Decade In Review: Clean Energy Ascendant, Fossil Fuels Intransigent

For the long-plodding electricity sector, “transition” doesn’t begin to convey the stunning magnitude of what this decade just saw transpire. At the same time, the magnitude of what’s just occurred is only beginning to approach the magnitude of what we need to achieve in the years to come.

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California Wildfires and Power Outages Signal Long Road Ahead, But Climate Ambition Sets the Right Course

In California, this fall marked the third consecutive year of catastrophic blazes ripping across the state. It marked the first year in which those blazes were accompanied by the widescale deployment of multi-day, multi-city pre-emptive power outages.

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