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Bottom Line on Energy Savings Certificates

Energy savings certificates (ESCs) are used in some states as a mechanism through which third parties, such as commercial and industrial companies, can help utilities comply with energy efficiency targets. This issue explains ESCs and discusses their role in compliance markets.

Presiding with Principle

Restoring Good Governance in the U.S. Executive Branch, and Why Voters Should Care

This paper describes how social and environmental objectives have been undermined when past U.S. administrations have failed to respect the basic principles of participatory democracy and informed decision-making.

Federalism in the Greenhouse

Defining a Role for States in a Federal Cap-and-Trade Program

This policy brief presents the competing arguments for state-led and federal-led climate legislation, and argues for a third—“hybrid”—approach that maximizes the strengths of each level of government.

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