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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.

Linking Regional Cap-and-Trade Programs: Issues and Recommendations
April 29, 2010

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a report exploring the potential to link the cap-and-trade programs of the Western Climate Initiative, the Midwest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 

 

Comparison of State Allocations in the Kerry-Boxer and Waxman-Markey Bills
January 5, 2010

This presentation provides a comparison of allowance allocations to states in the Kerry-Boxer (S.1733) and Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454) bills, which would both create a national cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Allocation Summary Tables for Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454)
July 17, 2009

These tables provide an overview of allowance allocations in the Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House of Representatives in June 2009.

 

Analysis of State and Consumer Allocations in Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454)
July 5, 2009

The GCC, working with the World Resources Institute, analyzed the distribution of allowances to states and energy consumers as contained in the Waxman-Markey bill. These charts detail state-by-state allocations to households, small businesses, industries and other interests, as well as allocations to states for clean energy and other programs.

 

State-Related Provisions of H.R.2454
June 1, 2009

This document provides an overview of the state-related provisions in the H.R.2454 (American Clean Energy and Security Act) as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives (June 26, 2009).

 

Comment on EPA Endangerment Finding
May 14, 2009

The GCC submitted these comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to the Agency's proposed finding of endangerment.

 

Overview of Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability Act

Outlines the state-related provisions of the Clean Energy and Oil Accountability Act (as released July 27, 2010).

 

Maryland Finalizes Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 25 Percent by 2020
July 26, 2013

At the Maryland Climate Summit, Gov. Martin O'Malley laid out Maryland's aggressive new plan to reduce carbon pollution. The plan calls for an economy-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by...

 

President Obama Unveils Climate Plan at Georgetown
June 25, 2013

President Barack Obama announced his new plan to combat climate change today at Georgetown University. The effort seeks to maximize steps the Administration can take to prepare for and slow down climate change without...

 

Polling Released Today by the Georgetown Climate Center Shows Strong Support from Republicans and Democrats for EPA Action
June 24, 2013

87 Percent of Americans – Including 78 Percent of Republicans -- Support Action With President Barack Obama scheduled to outline his plans for combating climate change tomorrow, the Georgetown Climate Center...

 

California and Quebec Agree to Link Programs that Cap Carbon Pollution
April 21, 2013

On April 19, 2013, The California Air Resources Board (ARB) voted 5-0 to approve a plan to link its greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program with the province of Quebec’s emissions trading system beginning January 1,...

 

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dropped 1.6 Percent in 2011
April 17, 2013

U.S. carbon pollution dropped slightly in 2011, according to an annual Environmental Protection Agency report released on April 15, 2013. The report, entitled Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, tracks...

 

President Obama Proposes Energy Security Trust to Reduce U.S. Oil Dependence
March 17, 2013

In his 2013 State of the Union address and again in a major speech at Argonne National Laboratory on March 15, 2013, President Obama proposed the creation of a new Energy Security Trust Fund, using a portion of...

 

RGGI Auction Price Rises 45 Percent in First Auction Since Strengthening Its Cap on Carbon Pollution
March 15, 2013

In its first auction since tightening its cap on carbon pollution, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) raised a total of $105.9 million for nine participating states to reinvest in projects such as energy...

 

RGGI States Propose Lowering Regional CO2 Emissions Cap by 45 Percent
February 8, 2013

On February 7, 2013, the nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced they are proposing to lower the regional power plant CO2 emissions cap by 45...

 

California Trial Court Upholds CARB Authority to Use Offsets in Cap-and-Trade Program
January 27, 2013

On January 25, 2013, a California Superior Court issued a ruling allowing the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to use carbon offset projects as a compliance tool under the state’s economy-wide greenhouse gas...

 

What Actions Can Obama—And Congress— Take on Climate Change During the Next Four Years?
December 4, 2012

The Georgetown Climate Center's Vicki Arroyo recently joined Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Eric Pooley from the Environmental Defense Fund, and Bill Becker from the Presidential Climate Action Project to discuss what...

 

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...