The debate between fossil energy interests and advocates for a rapid transition to renewables is particularly intense in the Midwest, which has traditionally been dependent on coal for electricity generation. This grant would support the Natural Resource Defense Council’s work on renewable energy siting and deployment, Clean Air Act implementation that will result in coal-fired power plant retirements, and the careful use of natural gas as a bridge fuel from coal to renewables. The work would focus on Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio, with an additional effort to promote new utility-scale solar plants in the California Desert.
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for support of the Clean Vehicles and Fuels Program
The Natural Resources Defense Council’s biggest strengths are its broad advocacy base and its technical and legal expertise. This grant would support its transport and health programs to reduce environmental impact from vehicles and fuels. The Council’s main goals in the next two years are to advance stronger vehicle emissions standards and clean freight policies, and develop a comprehensive oil campaign, while also defending existing regulations in the United States.
for the Northwest Natural Gas Project
This proposed grant seeks to create a certification program that would allow distribution companies to sell their residential and commercial customers natural gas that has met minimum environmental standards throughout its life cycle, including its extraction. Funding for the first phase of this project, headed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Northwest Natural Gas Distribution Company, will support efforts to set the standards and bring in more natural gas distribution companies. The project’s second phase will involve designing a mechanism to track gas much like Renewable Energy Certificates
for a Pacific Northwest Energy consultant to develop initiatives to reduce fossil fuel emissions
The purpose of this one-time project grant is to allow NRDC funds to hire an expert energy consultant to negotiate on NRDC's behalf the possible retirement of the Portland General Electric's Boardman Coal Generation Facility, located in eastern Oregon. This person will participate in meetings and forums with regulators and other stakeholders, as well as PGE management regarding the current integrated resource plan and the key economic issues it raises related to the shutdown of the Boardman facility no later than 2020.