Informing Federal Standards to Reduce Carbon Pollution

Georgetown Climate Center conducts legal and policy analysis, facilitates dialogues between federal and state agency leaders, and convenes states and stakeholders to inform the development of federal standards to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector.  In December 2022, GCC submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Power Sector Policy Forum that expressed support for “strong standards of performance for existing coal-, oil- and natural gas-fired power plants” in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector.

Convening States and Stakeholders 

Georgetown Climate Center convenes states and other stakeholders to discuss opportunities for state leadership on climate and clean energy. The facilitation of regional and multi-state forums informs the development and implementation of federal policies and programs and serves as a resource for states. GCC’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Power Sector Policy Forum brings together state energy, environment, and utility regulatory agency officials in 11 states to support the transition to cleaner energy in the region.

Georgetown Climate Center also facilitates engagement by subnational leaders, including governors and state agency leaders, in international climate policy development. 

Adaptation Clearinghouse: Energy Sector

An online database and networking site that serves policymakers and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change. This page includes resources to help policymakers understand, plan, and prepare for impacts of climate change to the energy sector, ranging from changes in energy demand to preparing for threats to energy infrastructure. 

Reducing Emissions from the Health Care Sector

With support from the Commonwealth Fund, the Georgetown Climate Center is reviewing federal and state energy policies that could help health care delivery organizations meet ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets. This includes policies to reduce fossil-fuel use at health care facilities and shift to clean electricity, reduce transportation emissions from health care–related vehicles and fleets, increase resilience from extreme weather events and provide cleaner air for communities near health care delivery facilities, and drive reductions in supply chain emissions.

Percent Changes Needed to Acheive EPA's State-by-State Carbon Pollution Goals

Percent Changes Needed to Acheive EPA's State-by-State Carbon Pollution Goals
June 3, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center has compiled data from EPA's supporting documents to help states, reporters, and stakeholders better understand what the new carbon pollution limits in the power sector mean for each state.

 
Primer on Structure of the Electric Power System and Implications for Federal Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants

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

This document provides a brief primer on how the electric power system functions and the role played by different entities in its operation and oversight. It also identifies key issues related to the structure of the electricity system that will be relevant for states to consider as they develop plans to comply with the new EPA standard.

 
Multi-State Collaboration & Coordination: Proceedings from State & Power Company Dialogue (April 22, 2014)

Multi-State Collaboration & Coordination: Proceedings from State & Power Company Dialogue (April 22, 2014)
May 23, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center  hosted a dialogue on April 22 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. This proceedings document - released to the public on May 23 - summarizes key themes that arose in conversation during the April 22nd dialogue. The contents do not necessarily represent the views of any individual participant.

 

 

States Provide EPA with a Roadmap for Cutting Carbon Pollution
December 16, 2013

In a letter to the EPA, 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.  They also encouraged the federal agency to develop equitable and measurable standards that will hold states accountable for their progress.

 

Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Power Sector
December 5, 2013

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.

 

Georgetown Climate Center Submits Questions to Support EPA Engagement with States on Carbon Pollution Standards
September 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 carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. These questions were developed through discussions with state officials responsible for administering clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction programs. 

 

Fact Sheet: Opportunities for States Under EPA Carbon Pollution Standards
September 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 111(d) provides states a significant role in regulating carbon pollution from existing sources, and President Barack Obama has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to build on the leadership that many states, cities, and companies have already shown in reducing carbon pollution from the power sector.

 

Georgetown Climate Center Polling Shows Strong Support for EPA Action on Climate Change from Republicans and Democrats
June 24, 2013

Days before President Obama announced his climate action plan, the Georgetown Climate Center released polling data that shows strong public support for taking action to cut carbon pollution.

 

Summary of the Federal District Court’s Order Enjoining California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
January 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, holding that California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) violated the dormant Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.  The court also granted the plaintiffs a preliminary injunction, prohibiting enforcement of the LCFS until the litigation is completed. 

 

GCC Summary of RGGI Economic Benefits Analysis
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 Initiative, a regional greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade program implemented by 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Georgetown Climate Center summarized key findings from the report.  

 

12 Governors Urge Trump to Stay in Paris Agreement, Keep U.S. Commitments
May 3, 2017

Twelve U.S. governors are urging President Trump to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and keep the United States' commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Governors from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington signed onto the letter, which was sent to the White House this morning. The Georgetown Climate Center worked with states to facilitate this letter.

 

State Responses to Trump Administration’s Executive Order that Seeks to Reverse Federal Climate Policy
March 28, 2017

Following President Donald Trump's executive order directing a review of the Clean Power Plan and rescinding other prior federal actions on climate change, many states issued statements pledging to continue action to address climate change.

 

The UN's Patricia Espinosa Discusses Climate Change at Georgetown
February 28, 2017

Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, joined the Center's Vicki Arroyo and other experts in a discussion about climate change on Feb. 28 at Georgetown University.

 

State Environmental Officials and Attorneys General Urge Senate Leaders to Reject Congressional Disapproval of BLM’s Methane Rule
February 7, 2017

State environmental officials and attorneys generals sent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer a letter urging the Senate to vote against disapproving the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule to reduce waste from oil and gas production on federal land.

 

Informing the Maryland Commission on Climate Change
January 31, 2017

The Georgetown Climate Center identifies issues that may be of interest to the Maryland Commission on Climate Change as it finalizes its November 2016 report on the status of Maryland’s climate change efforts and recommendations for legislative action, and develops its 2017 workplans.

 

State Leaders Highlight Commitment to Climate Action at COP 22
November 17, 2016

In the wake of the U.S. election, state leaders highlighted their commitment to climate action at COP22 this week at events sponsored by the Georgetown Climate Center and others.

 

New Report Shows U.S. States Leading a Shift to Clean Energy
November 14, 2016

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.

 

Get an Insider's View on the Clean Power Plan Case
September 28, 2016

Hear directly from litigants in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals case challenging the Obama Administration's signature climate change action. Watch video from this event.

 

California Enacts Bill Setting 2030 GHG Goal, Authorizing State Action
September 8, 2016

On September 8, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that sets a binding 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of forty percent below 1990 levels.

 

California Is First State to Release Draft Plan to Comply with Federal Clean Power Plan
August 3, 2016

On August 2, 2016, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its draft plan for complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector.