Bounded Regulation: How the Clean Power Plan Conforms to Statutory Limits on EPA’s Authority

Institute for Policy Integrity / by Richard L. Revesz, et al. http://policyintegrity.org/files/publications/Bounded_Regulation_Policy_Brief.pdf [Politico’s Morning Energy] EPA followed eight distinct requirements or constraints listed under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act when it crafted the Clean Power Plan, a trio from the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity write in a … Continue reading

Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study

National Renewable Energy Laboratory / by Aaron Bloom, et al. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy16osti/64472.pdf [From Press Release] Using high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools, NREL shows the power grid of the Eastern United States—one of the largest power systems in the world—can accommodate upwards of 30% wind and solar/photovoltaic (PV) power… [Vox] …The study is a remarkable … Continue reading

Online Purchasing Creates Opportunities to Lower the Life Cycle Carbon Footprints of Consumer Products

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (August 30, 2016 v113 n35 p9780-9785; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1522211113) / by Steven C. Isley, et al. http://bit.ly/2bTAedq A major barrier to reducing greenhouse emissions from economic consumption involves information about product supply chains. Consumers who wish to reduce or offset the emissions embodied in goods and services they buy … Continue reading

The Importance of Looking Forward to Manage Risks: Submission to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment | ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science / by Dimitri Zenghelis and Nicholas Stern http://bit.ly/1teFIWU [From Press Release] Companies that fail to plan for business scenarios in a low-carbon economy risk decline or even bankruptcy, according to a … Continue reading

Two Congressional Budget Office Papers on Hurricane Damage

Congressional Budget Office Potential Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: Implications for the Federal Budget How much will hurricane damage increase in coming years because of climate change and coastal development? This report examines the implications for the federal budget and three approaches for decreasing the pressure for federal spending. CBO’s Approach to … Continue reading

Washington State Proposed Rule to Cap Carbon Emissions from Industrial Sources

Washington State Dept. of Ecology http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/rules/wac173442/1510docs.html [AP] Washington state regulators on Wednesday unveiled an updated plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters, the latest attempt by Gov. Jay Inslee to push ahead with a binding cap on carbon emissions after struggling to win approval from legislators… Washington’s proposed rule requires large industrial emitters to … Continue reading