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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.

Georgetown Climate Center Submits Questions to Support EPA Engagement with States on Carbon Pollution Standards
September 20, 2013

On August 23, the Georgetown Climate Center submitted a list of questions to EPA urging the agency to seek input on a range of issues as it begins engagement with states and other stakeholders on carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. These questions were developed through discussions with state officials responsible for administering clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction programs. 

 

Fact Sheet: Opportunities for States Under EPA Carbon Pollution Standards
September 19, 2013

The Georgetown Climate Center has developed a document highlighting the opportunities for states under forthcoming EPA carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Clean Air Act Section 111(d) provides states a significant role in regulating carbon pollution from existing sources, and President Barack Obama has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to build on the leadership that many states, cities, and companies have already shown in reducing carbon pollution from the power sector.

 

Georgetown Climate Center Polling Shows Strong Support for EPA Action on Climate Change from Republicans and Democrats
June 24, 2013

Days before President Obama announced his climate action plan, the Georgetown Climate Center released polling data that shows strong public support for taking action to cut carbon pollution.

 

Summary of the Federal District Court’s Order Enjoining California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
January 19, 2012

On December 29, 2012, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California granted partial summary judgment to the plaintiffs in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Goldstene, holding that California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) violated the dormant Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.  The court also granted the plaintiffs a preliminary injunction, prohibiting enforcement of the LCFS until the litigation is completed. 

 

GCC Summary of RGGI Economic Benefits Analysis
November 15, 2011

An independent report released by the Analysis Group, a private consulting firm, found overall economic gains of more than $1.6 billion from the first three years of the operation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade program implemented by 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Georgetown Climate Center summarized key findings from the report.  

 

Issue Brief: EPA's Forthcoming Performance Standards for Regulating GHG Pollution
September 20, 2011

EPA’s forthcoming regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from power plants will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and drive cleaner generation in the electricity sector. The flexibility provided to states may also provide an opportunity for states to design programs that address their clean energy goals. This pre-proposal brief provides background information about the law and existing regulations and raises issues that states may want to consider in evaluating EPA’s proposal. States should look to the proposed rule for more information, as EPA’s approach to the regulations remains to be seen.

 

Comparing Legislative Proposals that Restrict the Regulation of Greenhouse Gases
April 1, 2011

Five proposals have been offered in the 112th Congress to date that would limit or eliminate federal agencies’ and states’ authority to regulate greenhouse gases. The Georgetown Climate Center has developed a side-by-side comparison of all five. Update: None of these proposals were adopted during the budget process.

 

What States Need to Know About EPA Climate Actions
January 7, 2011

This issue brief (pdf) summarizes recent regulatory actions, notes potential obstacles to EPA's efforts, and discusses the role that states will play in the regulatory programs under development.

 

Overview of Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability Act
July 28, 2010

This overview of the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability act is focused on its impact on states. 

The bill aims to reform offshore oil drilling regulation, strengthens tools to prepare for and respond to an oil spill, creates rebate and incentive programs for natural gas vehicles and electric vehicles, creates a national energy efficiency building retrofit rebate and financing program (Home Star), and funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

 

American Power Act Summary
May 18, 2010

Outlines the roles for states under the American Power Act. The 15-page summary outlines all provisions that affect states in the 987-page bill, including issues such as preemption, allowance allocation, treatment of state and regional allowances, transportation, adaptation, and other issues important to states.

 

New Guidance Directs Federal Agencies to Assess GHG Emissions, Climate Impacts in Environmental Reviews
August 2, 2016

On August 2, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality released final guidance on how federal agencies are to incorporate climate change considerations in their review of federal “actions” under the National Environmental Policy Act.

 

California Releases Proposal to Extend its Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program through 2031
July 12, 2016

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released a preliminary draft of proposed amendments to extend and improve the operation of California’s carbon emissions trading program.

 

EPA Releases Additional Information on Proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program, As Requested by States
June 20, 2016

EPA recently released the proposed design details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), which is an optional, voluntary program that states can participate in under the Clean Power Plan.

 

U.S. Energy Policy in the 2016 Elections and Beyond: Incremental or Transformational?
April 29, 2016

he Georgetown Climate Center's Vicki Arroyo, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, and former Colorado Gov. Ritter discussed state and city energy leadership at an April 26 CSIS event. The panel was moderated by Kyle Danish, senior associate of the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and partner at Van Ness Feldman. Much of the conversation focused on the Clean Power Plan.

 

States Ask EPA to Provide Model Rule, Other Information on Clean Power Plan
April 28, 2016

Yesterday, environmental agency officials from 14 states asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide more information and assistance related to the Clean Power Plan.

 

Long History of State Actions to Cut Carbon Pollution Will Continue
December 3, 2015

On the heels of last week's announcement by five northeast states and the District of Columbia that they will start developing potential market-based policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation,...

 

State, Power Company, and EPA Officials Discuss Implementation of Clean Power Plan
October 14, 2015

The Georgetown Climate Center recently hosted the sixth in a series of dialogues among senior state and power company leaders, NGOs, experts, and federal officials to further discuss implementation issues and state...

 

Resources to Better Understand the Clean Power Plan, State Actions, and State Responses
July 31, 2015

On Monday, August 3, the Obama Administration released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, which will reduce carbon pollution from the power sector.   Below are resources for better understanding the final...

 

States Voice Strong Support for EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan in Joint Letter to Agency
December 1, 2014

In a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, environment and energy leaders from 14 states recently expressed strong support for the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. This group of state...

 

Supreme Court Upholds Majority of EPA's GHG Permitting Regulations for New and Modified Stationary Sources
July 8, 2014

In a late-session decision, the U.S. Supreme Court partially upheld Environmental Protection Agency permitting rules that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large stationary sources of pollution, leaving most of...

 

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...