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Nick Martin
Energy Policy Associate
Nick Martin is an Energy Policy Associate at the Pace Energy & Climate Center at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Nick leads the Center's efforts engaging in the Northeast's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)--the United States’ first regional carbon-dioxide cap-and-trade program. He also supports the Center's role in the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition (NESEMC), a US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Solar Market Pathways project. NESEMC is housed as the Pace Energy and Climate Center, and the Coalition brings together solar energy business associations and other stakeholders in the Northeast to harmonize regional solar energy policy and advance the solar energy market. Nick has also spent considerable time on issues impacting combined heat and power, microgrids, community energy, and municipal climate policy. 
In addition to his role at the Center, Nick serves as an ex officio board member and Executive Director Emeritus of the Northeast Clean Heat and Power Initiative (NECHPI). NECHPI is a 501(c)6 group representing the combined heat and power industry in the Northeast United States. NECHPI strives to promote policies and practices conducive to the deployment of clean heat and power in applications where high over-all efficiency and associated economic and environmental benefits can be achieved.
Prior to joining the Center, Nick received his Masters of Science in Climate Science and Policy from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. He also holds a B.S. in Environmental Health from the University of Georgia. During his studies, Nick worked on climate adaptation and communication issues in rural farming communities with the New Delhi based NGO Development Alternatives and investigated the characteristics and quality of public policy research at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. Nick has also held internships with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


The State of Grid Interconnection in the Northeast

This article is crossposted on the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition website.

The Pace Energy and Climate Center is a non-profit energy and environmental research and advocacy organization based at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains, New York.

New Report Describes Pathway to RGGI States' Carbon Reduction Goals

The Northeast has long been a leader in clean energy and climate action. The New York State Energy Plan establishes an aggressive goal to reduce the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030, and other states in the region have committed to similarly strong GHG emission reductions.

New Report: Carbon-Tuning New York's Electricity System

When solar PV panels generate electricity, what are the actual environmental benefits produced? A key component to answering this question is understanding the impact the solar panel has on the rest of the electric system. Since the panels are supplying electricity, a power plant somewhere else no longer needs to generate as much electricity to fulfill demand. If this power plant uses coal—which generally has a higher carbon content than other fuels—to generate electricity, then the solar panels are reducing relatively dirty electric generation.

New York Announces NY Prize Stage 1 Awardees, Pace Energy and Climate Center to Assist Nine Communities in Evaluating Microgrid Feasibility

On July 8, 2015 New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the NY Prize Community Microgrid Competition Stage 1 winners. NY Prize is a $40 million competition to help communities create microgrids - standalone energy systems that can operate independently in the event of a power outage. In Stage 1 of the competition 83 communities across New York State have received awards of approximately $100,000 to study the feasibility of developing a community microgrid.


Retail Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar: Focus on New England

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently issued a study entitled “Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into C

Carbon-Tuning New York's Electricity System

This report provides an analysis of the emission characteristics of New York’s electricity system by estimating marginal emission rates for carbon-

Microgrids & District Energy: Pathways to Sustainable Urban Development

This report provides an introduction to microgrid concepts, identifies the benefits and most common road blocks to implementation, and discusses pr

Charting the Course for Energy Efficiency in New York

Entitled Charting a New Course for Energy Efficiency in New York: Lessons from Existing Programs, the report examines the performance of t

Community Microgrids: Smarter, Cleaner, Greener

Community Microgrids: Smarter, Cle