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U.S. States Leading a Shift to Clean Energy

U.S. States Leading a Shift to Clean Energy

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.

 
 

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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.

 
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Working with Stakeholders to Inform Federal Standards to Reduce Carbon Pollution

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 Transportation and Climate Initiative

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.


Clean Power Plan Tool Kit

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.

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.

 

 

Summary of the EPA's Notice of Data Availability for the Clean Power Plan
November 6, 2014

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.

 

Charging Ahead – Options for Policymakers Regarding the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Markets
June 17, 2014

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.

 

 

Detailed Summary of the EPA's Proposed Rule to Limit Carbon Pollution from the Power Sector
June 13, 2014

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.

 

 

Percent Changes Needed to Acheive EPA's State-by-State Carbon Pollution Goals
June 3, 2014

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.

 

Primer on Structure of the Electric Power System and Implications for Federal Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants
May 23, 2014

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.

 

Multi-State Collaboration & Coordination: Proceedings from State & Power Company Dialogue (April 22, 2014)
May 23, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center  hosted a dialogue on April 22 among senior state, power company, and federal leaders focused on the potential for multi-state collaboration in meeting forthcoming EPA standards that will reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. This proceedings document - released to the public on May 23 - summarizes key themes that arose in conversation during the April 22nd dialogue. The contents do not necessarily represent the views of any individual participant.

 

 

States Provide EPA with a Roadmap for Cutting Carbon Pollution
December 16, 2013

In a letter to the EPA, state environment and energy leaders from 15 states—including midwest and mountain states like Minnesota, Illinois and Colorado—urged the federal agency to allow states to use their broad clean energy and climate approaches to meet upcoming carbon pollution reduction requirements.  They also encouraged the federal agency to develop equitable and measurable standards that will hold states accountable for their progress.

 

Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Power Sector
December 5, 2013

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a report highlighting successful efforts by states and power companies to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector across the country.

 

12 Governors Urge Trump to Stay in Paris Agreement, Keep U.S. Commitments
May 3, 2017

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.

 

State Responses to Trump Administration’s Executive Order that Seeks to Reverse Federal Climate Policy
March 28, 2017

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 General Urge Senate Leaders to Reject Congressional Disapproval of BLM’s Methane Rule
February 7, 2017

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.

 

California Enacts Bill Setting 2030 GHG Goal, Authorizing State Action
September 8, 2016

On September 8, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that sets a binding 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of forty percent below 1990 levels.

 

California Is First State to Release Draft Plan to Comply with Federal Clean Power Plan
August 3, 2016

On August 2, 2016, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its draft plan for complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector.

 

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...