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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).

 

EPA Issues Final Rule for Mandatory GHG Reporting Requirements, Extends Initial Report Deadline
December 2, 2011

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...

 

States and Provinces Form North America 2050 Initiative to Coordinate on Climate Change and Clean Energy
November 30, 2011

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...

 

EPA Delays Proposal for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Petroleum Refineries
November 23, 2011

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...

 

California, Canadian Provinces Launch WCI, Inc. to Administer Linked Cap-And-Trade Programs
November 20, 2011

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...

 

California Air Resources Board Finalizes State Cap-and-Trade Regulations
October 20, 2011

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...

 

Court Allows California to Continue Work on Cap-and-Trade Program, Agency Proposes to Delay Requiring Compliance Until 2013
August 24, 2011

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)....

 

EPA, NHTSA Plan 54.5 MPG Fuel Economy and GHG Standards in 2025; California, Auto Manufacturers Support Plan
August 1, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Supplemental Notice of Intent (NOI) on July 29, 2011, announcing plans to require vehicles to achieve an average 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg), or 163 grams per mile of CO2, on a fleet-wide basis in model year (MY) 2025. (76 Fed. Reg. 48,758). The standards, which would apply to model year 2017-2025 light duty vehicles, are projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately two billion metric tons and save four billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of MY 2017-2025 vehicles.

 

Business Leaders Urge New England and Mid-Atlantic Governors to Strengthen Commitment to RGGI
July 26, 2011

On July 25, over 200 business leaders from across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions signed a letter to regional governors urging them to support and improve the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an...

 

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...