FEATURED CONTENT: OUR WORK
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These tables provide an overview of allowance allocations in the Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House of Representatives in June 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.
Outlines the state-related provisions of the Clean Energy and Oil Accountability Act (as released July 27, 2010).
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...
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,...
On November 29, EPA issued a final rule for GHG reporting, including a six-month extension for several industrial sectors that were previously scheduled to begin mandatory reporting on March 31, 2012. The move...
A broad group of U.S. states and Canadian provinces have formed the North America 2050 Initiative (NA 2050) to facilitate efforts to design, promote and implement cost-effective policies that reduce greenhouse gas...
On Nov. 21, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not meet a December 15, 2011, deadline to issue new regulations under the Clean Air Act limiting greenhouse gas emissions from oil...
The state of California and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba announced on Nov. 17, 2011, that they are launching a new non-profit, Western Climate Initiative (WCI), Inc., to...
Independent Analysis Finds $1.6 Billion in Net Benefits from RGGI
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...
On October 20, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) voted unanimously to adopt a set of regulations that will initiate a state-wide cap-and-trade program. The cap-and-trade program is the centerpiece of the Global...
EPA Postpones Issuance of GHG Rules
September 15, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed the release of its greenhouse-gas (GHG) performance standards for power plants, previously scheduled for September 30 (after a postponement of the original July 26...
On June 13, a California Appellate court stayed an injunction issued by a lower court against the California Air Resources Board (ARB), allowing the agency to continue working on its cap-and-trade program. (No. A132165)....
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...