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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 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 federal agency to...

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a report highlighting successful efforts by states and power companies to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector across the country.

The success stories were initially shared through discussions of state policymakers, power company officials, and Obama Administration officials, following President Obama’s climate plan announcement, during a June 27 meeting convened by the Georgetown Climate Center. A subsequent meeting between state, federal, and power company officials was held on October 28 to continue the discussion about paths the federal government can take to reduce...

The Georgetown Climate Center hosted a discussion October 28 among senior state, power company, and federal leaders about the development of carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.

The federal government is currently seeking input on potential paths forward as it develops standards under the Clean Air Act Sec. 111(d).  The Obama Administration has indicated it wants to build on the experiences of states and power companies, many of which are already achieving significant carbon pollution reductions.  The administration has also indicated it wants to provide states with flexibility in meeting the upcoming standards.

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On Sept. 12, 2013, Governor Jack Markell signed Executive Order 41, “Preparing Delaware for Emerging Climate Impacts and Seizing Economic Opportunities from Reducing Emissions.

The order creates a Governor’s Committee on Climate and Resiliency, which will develop an implementation plan to continue Delaware’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and improve the state’s long-term resilience to flooding and sea-level rise. In addition, the order directs all state agencies to incorporate climate adaptation measures in the siting and design of state-funded projects.

“The science is clear: human activities are significantly contributing to climate change and accelerated sea level...

New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers reached a new agreement September 9 to work cooperatively to support increased use of alternative fuel vehicles and networks within the region.

The group passed a resolution at its annual meeting that directs the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG-ECP) to work with organizations to compile an inventory of regional initiatives regarding electric and natural-gas-powered vehicles, propose actions aimed at facilitating the interoperability of electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling stations, and identify corridors where alternative fuel infrastructure could be established....