An Overview of the Current Policy Landscapeby Thomas Damassa, Nicholas Bianco, Taryn Fransen and Jennifer Hatch - November 2012
In the context of the U.S. goal to achieve “in the range of a 17 percent emission reduction by 2020 compared with 2005 levels,” this report examines key existing and emerging federal policies that are likely to reduce GHG emissions in the United States. U.S. government GHG projections suggest...
by James Bradbury and Christina DeConcini - August 2012
The United States has been experiencing ongoing extreme heat, droughts, and wildfires. This fact sheet examines the connection between climate change and these recent extreme weather events.
by John Larsen and Michael Obeiter - May 2012
The largest electric power industry trade group, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), produced a slide in 2010 (updated in May 2011) that purports to display an onslaught of new requirements for power plants. WRI has identified four categories of EPA activities on the EEI timeline that are...
by James Bradbury - April 2012
The U.S. electric power system is gradually shifting toward cleaner forms of generation. One sign of this transition is the declining use of coal for electric power production. This fact sheet examines the reasons for this transition and potential results.
Energy Use and Efficiency Policiesby James Bradbury, Nate Aden, Amir Nadav and John Cuttica - February 2012
This paper presents detailed manufacturing energy-use and economic-activity data along with state-by-state policy summaries for the 10 member states of the Midwestern Governors Association. To help inform ongoing policy discussions across the region, this paper offers a snapshot of industrial...
by Sarah Forbes - January 2012
In this testimony, Senior Associate Sarah Forbes describes the state of China’s shale gas industry; governmental policies that will drive its future development in China; the implications of U.S.-China business-to-business partnerships and government-to-government cooperation; and how shale...
by Nate Aden and James Bradbury - December 2011
New rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce mercury and other toxic air emissions will affect dozens of antiquated power plants currently operating without pollution controls. These
rules have stirred debate in some circles as to whether retrofitting or retiring...
The Social Cost of Carbon in U.S. Climate Policy, in Plain Englishby Ruth Greenspan Bell and Dianne Callan (Environmental Law Institute) - July 2011
This policy brief explains the various steps in calculating the social cost of carbon, the weaknesses and strengths of those calculations, and how they are used to inform climate policy. The aim is to help policymakers, regulators, civil society, and others judge for themselves the reliability...
The Transformation of China's Energy System...by Deborah Seligsohn - April 2011
In this testimony, Senior Advisor Deborah Seligsohn discusses China's energy systems, future energy plans, and the business opportunities these create for other countries....
What’s Ahead for Power Plants & Industry? Using the Clean Air Act to Reduce GHGs, Building on Regional Programsby Franz Litz, Nicholas Bianco, Michael B. Gerrard (Center for Climate Change Law at the Columbia University Law School) and Gregory E. Wannier (Center for Climate Change Law at the Columbia University Law School) - February 2011
This working paper explores how states and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and industrial facilities using the standards
of performance under section 111 of the Clean Air Act.