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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).

 

California Launches Cap-and-Trade Market to Cut Carbon Pollution
November 16, 2012

California held the first auction for its cap-and-trade market on Wednesday, November 14, selling allowances under a cap in order to reduce the greenhouse gases that lead to climate change.  The state will release...

 

Illinois Clean Energy and Economic Development Policies
October 10, 2012

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D.C. Circuit Upholds EPA Regulations of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
June 27, 2012

On June 26, 2012, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld four EPA rules related to the regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The rules and related actions...

 

Challenge to New York’s Participation in RGGI Dismissed
June 20, 2012

An attempt to disrupt New York's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which caps carbon pollution from the power sector in the northeastern U.S., was dismissed by the Albany County Supreme Court...

 

EPA Proposes GHG Emission Limits for New Power Plants
March 27, 2012

On March 27, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas emission limits for newly constructed power plants. The New Source Performance Standards would specifically limit carbon...

 

Michigan Clean Energy and Economic Development Policies
February 23, 2012

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Ohio Clean Energy and Economic Development Policies
February 23, 2012

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Indiana Clean Energy and Economic Development Policies
February 12, 2012

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Midwest States and Clean Energy
February 10, 2012

  Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio State Programs to Attract, Retain and Retool Clean Energy Businesses Clean energy businesses help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energy and energy...

 

D.C. Circuit Stays EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR)
January 2, 2012

On December 30, 2011, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay against implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).  The CSAPR sets emissions budgets for 28 states whose emissions of SO2,...

 

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...