ClimateCommunity Energy
Nick Martin
Energy Policy Associate

Nick Martin has been an Energy Policy Associate at the Pace Energy & Climate Center since 2013. His work focuses on increasing the deployment of clean distributed energy resources through rigorous policy analysis and direct community engagement. His areas of engagement include combined heat and power (CHP), microgrids and community energy, solar PV market policy, and CO2 emission reduction policies like the Northeast's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  Nick also serves as an Executive Director of the Northeast Clean Heat and Power Initiative, a 501(c)6 group representing the CHP industry in the Northeast.

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. Nick has also spent time working on climate adaptation and communication projects in rural farming communities with the New Delhi based NGO Development Alternatives and investigating the characteristics and quality of public policy research at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C.


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.


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