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On April 17, 2018, state officials from fourteen environmental and energy agencies representing thirteen states submitted joint comments to the Environmental Protection Agency arguing against its proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.
Several governors and a growing number of U.S. leaders remain committed to the Paris climate agreement. In three announcements, these leaders pledged to reduce carbon pollution and to fill the leadership void left by President Trump's withdrawal from the agreement.
TOOLS AND DATA: ENERGY AND CARBON POLLUTION REDUCTION
The Georgetown Climate Center provides a number of important web tools and resources to help states, stakeholders, and the public better understand state energy portfolios and the opportunity that states have to further reduce carbon pollution and utilize cleaner energy approaches.
The Georgetown Climate Center works closely with states and other stakeholders to inform the development of federal carbon pollution standards for power plants and to serve as a resource for states exploring compliance approaches under these standards.
The TCI is a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions that seeks to develop the clean energy economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. The TCI is facilitated and staffed by the Georgetown Climate Center.
The Georgetown Climate Center develops legal and policy resources for states and other stakeholders to inform the development and implementation of EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector. This work features the following interactive tools, research, and materials.
This memorandum identifies policy issues that may be of interest to the Maryland Climate Change Commission as it drafts its November 2015 report on the status of Maryland’s climate change efforts and recommendations for legislative action,1 and as its considers topics for its 2016 agenda. This memorandum focuses on issues relating to the evaluation of Maryland’s progress towards its 2020 goal with regard to fuel switching in the power sector, projected changes in vehicle miles traveled, and future growth of electric vehicles. It also provides context regarding other states that have set emission reduction goals for years between 2025 and 2035, and identifies potential additional emission reduction policies that could achieve reductions in future years.
The Georgetown Climate Center has released a working paper identifying opportunities for guidance and tools from the Environmental Protection Agency to support the development of state plans that are compatible with each other, and facilitate interstate compliance with the Clean Power Plan. As states and stakeholders consider options to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan requirements to reduce emissions from the power sector, there is growing interest in developing individual state plans that give regulated entities the option of working across multiple states to achieve compliance.
The Georgetown Climate Center has released a policy brief providing an overview of considerations for single-state Clean Power Plan compliance plans that would allow for the option of interstate trading of compliance instruments. This document examines how such programs could work under both rate-based and mass-based models of compliance.
An Overview of Potential Clean Power Plan Compliance Pathways
January 14, 2015
The Georgetown Climate Center has released a policy brief highlighting potential approaches that states could use to comply with the EPA's Clean Power Plan—the agency's proposed rule to limit carbon pollution from the power sector.
States Voice Strong Support for EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan
December 1, 2014
In a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, environment and energy leaders from 14 states expressed strong support for the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.
This document provides a summary of EPA’s Notice of Data Availability issued October 28, 2014, which supplements EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan regulation to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.
This paper provides an overview of the market for electric vehicle charging services, identifies actors and actions that might warrant regulation, and poses questions for policymakers to consider in determining the role that governments should play.
This document provides a summary of EPA’s recently proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. It contains a particular focus on elements of the proposal that may be of interest to the states.
The Georgetown Climate Center has compiled data from EPA's supporting documents to help states, reporters, and stakeholders better understand what the new carbon pollution limits in the power sector mean for each state.
This document provides a brief primer on how the electric power system functions and the role played by different entities in its operation and oversight. It also identifies key issues related to the structure of the electricity system that will be relevant for states to consider as they develop plans to comply with the new EPA standard.
President Donald Trump announced today he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, despite objections from governors, business executives, and global leaders who want America to maintain leadership on...
Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker and Vermont Governor Philip Scott sent a joint letter to the Trump Administration on May 17, 2017, requesting that the U.S. stay in the global climate agreement and noting that the U.S. commitment under the agreement is “achievable.” The U.S. committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 under the agreement.
Twelve U.S. governors are urging President Trump to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and keep the United States' commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Governors from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington signed onto the letter, which was sent to the White House this morning. The Georgetown Climate Center worked with states to facilitate this letter.
Following President Donald Trump's executive order directing a review of the Clean Power Plan and rescinding other prior federal actions on climate change, many states issued statements pledging to continue action to address climate change.
The UN's Patricia Espinosa Discusses Climate Change at Georgetown
February 28, 2017
Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, joined the Center's Vicki Arroyo and other experts in a discussion about climate change on Feb. 28 at Georgetown University.
State environmental officials and attorneys generals sent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer a letter urging the Senate to vote against disapproving the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule to reduce waste from oil and gas production on federal land.
Informing the Maryland Commission on Climate Change
January 31, 2017
The Georgetown Climate Center identifies issues that may be of interest to the Maryland Commission on Climate Change as it finalizes its November 2016 report on the status of Maryland’s climate change efforts and recommendations for legislative action, and develops its 2017 workplans.
State Leaders Highlight Commitment to Climate Action at COP 22
November 17, 2016
In the wake of the U.S. election, state leaders highlighted their commitment to climate action at COP22 this week at events sponsored by the Georgetown Climate Center and others.
New Report Shows U.S. States Leading a Shift to Clean Energy
November 14, 2016
A new report from the Georgetown Climate Center shows that a dramatic shift to clean energy is taking place across the U.S. Between 2011 and 2014, installed wind energy capacity grew by more than 40 percent nationally, for example, while solar capacity grew by 577 percent nationally.
Get an Insider's View on the Clean Power Plan Case
September 28, 2016
Hear directly from litigants in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals case challenging the Obama Administration's signature climate change action. Watch video from this event.
Legal Innovation Within Old Laws - GELR Symposium
March 2, 2016
On Feb. 25, leading environmental law experts and Georgetown Law students discussed the Supreme Court's recent stay of the Clean Power Plan and ways that current statutes can help address some of our most pressing...
Insights into the Making of Climate Policy
May 29, 2014
The Georgetown Climate Center recently hosted a conversation about state and federal climate policymaking with leading state officials and academic experts. This April 7 event was sponsored by the Center and the...