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The Georgetown Climate Center works collaboratively with states and regional climate initiatives to advance effective climate, adaptation, and transportation policies, and to strengthen state and federal climate partnerships.

The Center serves as the convener of the Governors’ Energy and Climate Coalition and the Transportation and Climate Initiative and helps facilitate ongoing information sharing among the nation's three regional climate initiatives.

News and Updates

On March 12, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 324, which extends and advances the state’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) for transportation fuels. The low carbon fuel standard will require a 10 percent reduction in the carbon content of fuel by 2025 (from a 2010 baseline), with reductions beginning in 2016. Gov. Brown emphasized the importance of the bill by stating that Oregon already has begun to experience the impacts of climate change and that it is crucial the state “does its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Approximately one third of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions...

Governor Jack Markell released a plan to combat climate change this week, calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon pollution by 2030 and outlining a framework to help the state better prepare for the future impacts of climate change.

The plan, called the Climate Framework for Delawaredescribes the actions that state agencies have already taken to reduce emissions and adapt to impacts, and outlines recommendations for future actions on both fronts.

To reach its carbon pollution reduction goal (a 30 percent emissions cut from 2008 levels), the state is considering a range of policies including energy efficiency, forestation, and universal recycling...

West Virginia recently repealed its alternative and renewable energy portfolio standard, becoming the first state to do so. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) signed the legislation on February 3.

The repeal bill, H.B. 2001, was passed by the West Virginia House of Delegates on January 22 with a 95-4 vote, and unanimously passed in the Senate on the January 27. All four House members that voted against the repeal were Democrats.

The state’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, which was...

On December 17, 2014, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a package of actions that Washington State can take to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, including measures that will set an annual limit on the total amount of carbon pollution that emitters may release into the air.

The Governor will propose the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act in the upcoming legislative session, which would require polluters to pay for their carbon pollution by requiring them to purchase allowances at auctions for their emissions. The emissions would be capped, and that cap would be ramped down by two percent annually by reducing the number of allowances available. The program is expected to...

On May 29, eight states released an action plan to develop infrastructure, coordinate policies, codes and standards, and help develop a consumer market to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025.

The “Multi-State ZEV Action Plan” provides an overview of the current state of the market and identifies 11 key actions that can be taken by all of the partners to promote ZEV deployment. These actions include: promote the availability and effective marketing of ZEVs; provide consumer incentives to enhance the ZEV ownership experience; lead by example through increasing ZEVs in state, municipal and other public fleets; encourage private fleets to purchase, lease or rent ZEVs; promote...

The Georgetown Climate Center recently hosted a dialogue among senior state, power company, and federal leaders focused on the potential for multi-state collaboration in meeting forthcoming EPA standards that will reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

Participants in the dialogue identified opportunities for coordination and collaboration including:

  • Using common analysis among states to inform program development
  • Developing common approaches to measurement or crediting
  • Developing programs that allow averaging or trading across sources and different state programs
  • Developing multi-state compliance programs with shared targets and compliance mechanisms

Participants also identified the potential...

In a letter to the EPA today, state environment and energy leaders from 15 states—including midwest and mountain states like Minnesota, Illinois, and Colorado—urged the federal agency to allow states to use their broad clean energy and climate approaches to meet upcoming carbon pollution reduction requirements. 

The group encouraged the federal government to move forward with standards that will achieve significant emission reductions and suggested that their success in using diverse clean energy policies points the way to achieving the new standards in a cost effective way.  They also encouraged the...