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Presentations & Reports

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Primer on Structure of the Electric Power System and Implications for Federal Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power PlantsMay 23, 2014

As states develop plans in response to EPA limits that will reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, coordination with state and regional electric power system regulators is important....

Georgetown Climate Center Submits Questions to Support EPA Engagement with States on Carbon Pollution StandardsSeptember 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...

Fact Sheet: Opportunities for States Under EPA Carbon Pollution StandardsSeptember 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...

Understanding the Adaptation Provisions of the Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R. 152)May 24, 2013

Disaster relief funding presents an opportunity for state and local governments to rebuild in a manner that anticipates and responds to future changes in the climate. In most cases,...

Summary of Senate Transportation BillMarch 16, 2012

This document summarizes the Senate transportation reauthorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (S. 1813, “MAP-21”).  MAP-21 authorizes $109 billion...

Summary of the Federal District Court’s Order Enjoining California’s Low Carbon Fuel StandardJanuary 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,...

Issue Brief: EPA's Forthcoming Performance Standards for Regulating GHG PollutionSeptember 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...

Comparing Legislative Proposals that Restrict the Regulation of Greenhouse GasesApril 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...

What States Need to Know About EPA Climate ActionsJanuary 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...

Overview of Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability ActJuly 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...

American Power Act SummaryMay 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,...

Comparison of State Allocations in the Kerry-Boxer and Waxman-Markey BillsJanuary 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...

Comparison of Adaptation Provisions in the Kerry-Boxer and Waxman-Markey BillsNovember 6, 2009

This document provides a side-by-side comparison of all adaptation provisions in Kerry Boxer (S.1733) and Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454).

Comparison of Adaptation Provisions in the Kerry-Boxer and Waxman-Markey BillsOctober 5, 2009

This document provides an overview of state-related provisions contained in the Kerry-Boxer bill (as released on September 30, 2009).

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-...

Comparison of Adaptation Provisions in Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454)June 5, 2009

Comparisons of adaption provisions in the committee-passed and House-passed versions of Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454).

State-Related Provisions of H.R.2454June 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).

Comparison of Adaptation Provisions in Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454) Early VersionsMay 30, 2009

Comparisons of adaption provisions in the Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454) discussion draft and committee-passed version.

Comment on EPA Endangerment FindingMay 14, 2009

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

DocumentSummary

Primer on Structure of the Electric Power System and Implications for Federal Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power PlantsMay 23, 2014

As states develop plans in response to EPA limits that will reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, coordination with state and regional electric power system regulators is important....

Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Power SectorDecember 5, 2013

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a report...

Fact Sheet: Opportunities for States Under EPA Carbon Pollution StandardsSeptember 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...

Plug-In Electric Vehicle Deployment in the NortheastSeptember 7, 2012

The Transportation and Climate Initiative released a market overview and literature review today that provides an overview of plug-in electric...

Agreement to Form the Northeast Electric Vehicle NetworkOctober 19, 2011

Ten northeast states and the District of Columbia announced the formation of the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network on October 19, 2011 to expedite the deployment of electric...

TCI Sustainable Communities AgreementJune 8, 2011

Transportation, environment and energy agency heads from 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions released an Agreement to Support Sustainable Communities on June 8.

The states will...

What States Need to Know About EPA Climate ActionsJanuary 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...

TCI Work Plan 2010November 4, 2010

Agency heads from the 12 jurisdictions that make up the Transportation and Climate Initiative approved the group’s first work plan in October.

The plan focuses on four key areas:...

Overview of RGGI for TCI ParticipantsNovember 3, 2010

This overview of RGGI was part of the briefing document given to participating states at the kickoff of the Transportation and Climate Initiative in June 2010.

Summary of Policy Options in State Climate Action PlansNovember 3, 2010

This document provides a summary of policy options in state climate action plans.  Prepared by the Transportation Climate...

Summary of Climate Change Provisions in State Long-Range Transportation PlansNovember 3, 2010

This overview provides a summary of climate change provisions in state long-range transportation plans.  The document was prepared by the...

TCI Declaration of IntentJune 16, 2010

Eleven U.S. states and the District of Columbia announced signed the Declaration of Intent to create the ...

Linking Regional Cap-and-Trade Programs: Issues and RecommendationsApril 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...

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Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Front LinesJuly 9, 2014

In this synthesis report to the Kresge Foundation, the Georgetown Climate Center shares some of the lessons learned from its adaptation work in recent years and includes a number of short case...

20 Good Ideas for Promoting Climate ResilienceJune 20, 2014

A number of state and local governments are already taking tangible actions to address their growing vulnerability to severe storms, persistent drought, worsening flooding, and devastating...

Understanding New Jersey's Vulnerability to Climate ChangeFebruary 5, 2014

New Jersey residents are no strangers to the escalating impacts of climate change.  Rising sea levels mean future hurricanes will produce more severe damage, such as the damage produced...

Lessons Learned from Irene: Climate Change, Federal Disaster Relief, and Barriers to Adaptive ReconstructionDecember 20, 2013

This case study examines the challenges encountered by Vermont localities in trying to use federal disaster relief funds to rebuild their transportation system to be more resilient to future...

Federal Funding Compendium for Urban Heat AdaptationDecember 20, 2013

This compendium collects and analyzes federal programs with potential to pay for state and local government adaptation to urban heat islands.

As many parts of the country grow warmer, and...

Case Studies in Floodplain RegulationMay 30, 2013

This Georgetown Law student report highlights...

Understanding the Adaptation Provisions of the Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R. 152)May 24, 2013

Disaster relief funding presents an opportunity for state and local governments to rebuild in a manner that anticipates and responds to future changes in the climate. In most cases,...

The State of Adaptation in the United States: An OverviewApril 4, 2013

The State of Adaptation in the United States...

Zoning for Sea-Level RiseDecember 13, 2012

To help local communities address the increased flooding expected from sea-level rise and more frequent extreme weather events, the Georgetown Climate Center designed a model sea-level rise...

Adaptation Tool Kit: Urban HeatAugust 17, 2012

"Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments" is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens.  It...

Coastal Management in the Face of Rising Seas: Legal Strategies for ConnecticutAugust 2, 2012

This article examines two adaptation approaches that could be applied in Connecticut: a local-­‐level approach using zoning and floodplain regulations, and state-­‐level approach modeled...

Analysis of the Flood Insurance Reauthorization and Reform Law (2012)August 1, 2012

Updated: August 14, 2012

The Georgetown Climate Center's Jessica Grannis recently released a summary and analysis of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act...

Innovative Approaches for Adapting to Water Variability in the WestMay 1, 2012

This brief reviews three approaches that communities are pursuing to adapt to climate change:

  • New Mexico's Active Water Resource Management program, which put rules into...
Adaptation Tool Kit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land UseNovember 1, 2011

The Adaptation Tool Kit explores 18 different land-use tools that can be used to preemptively respond to the threats posed by sea-level rise to both public and private coastal development and...

Adaptation Case Studies in the Western United StatesOctober 31, 2011

This report contains two case studies from the Western United States that explore water shortages in the West, water rights along the Colorado River, and the protection of an endangered ground-...

Virginia Case Study: Stemming the Tide: How Local Governments Can Manage Rising Flood RisksMay 1, 2010

Updated: January 2013

This case study analyzes the authority of Virginia local governments to use existing land use regulations to adapt to sea level rise impacts. Specifically...

Comparison of Adaptation Provisions in the Kerry-Boxer and Waxman-Markey BillsNovember 6, 2009

This document provides a side-by-side comparison of all adaptation provisions in Kerry Boxer (S.1733) and Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454).

Climate Change and Public HealthNovember 1, 2009

In this presentation, Sara Hoverter with the Harrison Institute for Public Law outlines the public health impacts of climate change and what states and localities are doing to prepare and...

Coastal Adaptation in the U.S.November 1, 2009

In this presentation, Executive Director Vicki Arroyo outlines emerging state and federal adaptation proposals.

Comparison of Adaptation Provisions in Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454)June 5, 2009

Comparisons of adaption provisions in the committee-passed and House-passed versions of Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454).

DocumentSummary

Charging Ahead – Options for Policymakers Regarding the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging MarketsJune 17, 2014

This paper provides an overview of the market for electric...

TCI's Work on Sustainable Transportation IndicatorsSeptember 20, 2012

The TCI Sustainable Communities workgroup is exploring ways to measure the environmental and economic benefits of state-level sustainable communities efforts.  By working together as a...

Plug-In Electric Vehicle Deployment in the NortheastSeptember 7, 2012

The Transportation and Climate Initiative released a market overview and literature review today that provides an overview of plug-in electric...

Legislative Analysis: Climate Related Provisions of the Federal Transportation Reauthorization: MAP-21September 7, 2012

The Georgetown Climate Center has produced a summary of the federal transportation reauthorization legislation, "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" (MAP-21), which...

Analysis of Freight in the Northeastern U.S.March 27, 2012

On behalf of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, Dr. James Winebrake recently conducted an analysis of all freight moving through the northeastern United States.  Download a recent...

Summary of Senate Transportation BillMarch 16, 2012

This document summarizes the Senate transportation reauthorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (S. 1813, “MAP-21”).  MAP-21 authorizes $109 billion...

Summary of the Federal District Court’s Order Enjoining California’s Low Carbon Fuel StandardJanuary 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,...

Agreement to Form the Northeast Electric Vehicle NetworkOctober 19, 2011

Ten northeast states and the District of Columbia announced the formation of the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network on October 19, 2011 to expedite the deployment of electric...

TCI Sustainable Communities AgreementJune 8, 2011

Transportation, environment and energy agency heads from 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions released an Agreement to Support Sustainable Communities on June 8.

The states will...

TCI Work Plan 2010November 4, 2010

Agency heads from the 12 jurisdictions that make up the Transportation and Climate Initiative approved the group’s first work plan in October.

The plan focuses on four key areas:...

Overview of RGGI for TCI ParticipantsNovember 3, 2010

This overview of RGGI was part of the briefing document given to participating states at the kickoff of the Transportation and Climate Initiative in June 2010.

Summary of Policy Options in State Climate Action PlansNovember 3, 2010

This document provides a summary of policy options in state climate action plans.  Prepared by the Transportation Climate...

Summary of Climate Change Provisions in State Long-Range Transportation PlansNovember 3, 2010

This overview provides a summary of climate change provisions in state long-range transportation plans.  The document was prepared by the...

TCI Declaration of IntentJune 16, 2010

Eleven U.S. states and the District of Columbia announced signed the Declaration of Intent to create the ...

State Roles in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from TransportationMarch 17, 2010

This paper reviews state roles in transportation policy as it relates to climate change and identifies potential areas of overlap between state and federal authorities and potential areas of...