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.
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.
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.
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.
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...