A Guide to Public-Sector Resilience Bond Sponsorship

re:focus partners / by Shalini Vajjhala and James Rhodes http://brook.gs/2xl2mmy [Brookings Institution] So how can governments at all levels take a different approach to managing natural disasters? In a new report, A Guide to Public-Sector Resilience Bond Sponsorship, my co-author James Rhodes and I highlight how Resilience Bonds can help local, state, and federal government agencies and international development banks … Continue reading

From Gas to Grid: Building Charging Infrastructure to Power Electric Vehicle Demand

Rocky Mountain Institute https://www.rmi.org/insights/reports/from_gas_to_grid/ (download with registration) [Axios] A major Rocky Mountain Institute report released this morning says policymakers need to move ahead ASAP with wise policies to plan for and create the charging infrastructure for EV’s in an energy-efficient and financially sound way. “Electric vehicles of all sizes, shapes, and applications are coming quickly, and … Continue reading

Carbon Taxes and the Affordability of Gasoline

University of Michigan http://www.umenergysurvey.com/assets/C-taxG-aff_12Sep2017.pdf Probing consumers’ thresholds for “pain at the pump” enables us to quantify how a carbon tax would affect American consumers’ feelings about the affordability of gasoline. The gasoline price that consumers say they would find unaffordable, in the sense of having to change how they travel or otherwise conduct their daily lives, … Continue reading

The Business of Pricing Carbon

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions / by Manjyot Bhan Ahluwalia http://bit.ly/2wnkID3 Increasingly, companies across sectors and geographies are turning to an internal carbon price as one tool to help them reduce carbon emissions, mitigate climate-related business risks, and identify opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Establishing a carbon price across a company can … Continue reading

Public Willingness to Pay for a US Carbon Tax and Preferences for Spending the Revenue

Environmental Research Letters (2017, v2 p094012) / by Matthew J Kotchen, et al. http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa822a [Abstract] We provide evidence from a nationally representative survey on Americans’ willingness to pay (WTP) for a carbon tax, and public preferences for how potential carbon-tax revenue should be spent. The average WTP for a tax on fossil fuels that increases household … Continue reading

Price of Climate Deregulation: Adding Up the Costs and Benefits of Federal Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

Columbia Univ., Sabin Center for Climate Change Law / by Nadra Rahman and Jessica Wentz [website] http://bit.ly/2hLoNdd [report] http://bit.ly/2vHo8Pl [abstract] Federal climate regulations are currently under attack, in part due to the perception that these regulations will impose excessive costs on regulated industries and society as a whole. But according to federal projections, the benefits of these regulations … Continue reading

Conservation Limited: Assessing the Limitations of State Laws and Resources for Endangered Species Protection

Univ. of California Irvine, School of Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR) / by Alejandro E. Camacho and Asena Cansu Yildiz https://www.politicopro.com/f/?id=0000015d-a4d4-d43a-a3dd-b7ff52cf0001 [Politico’s Morning Energy]  A report out Tuesday by University of California Irvine School of Law suggests that most states are legally and financially ill-equipped to take over protecting and recovering threatened and endangered species. It notes … Continue reading

Regulation and Markets: Ideas for Solving the Identity Crisis

Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer / by Tony Clark http://www.energycentral.com/c/um/regulation-and-markets-ideas-solving-identity-crisis [Energy Wire, sub. req’d] A former member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is warning states not to meddle in electricity markets by trying to pick winners insofar as how power is generated. Tony Clark, a Republican who served on FERC until the end of September 2016, released … Continue reading