Stanford Law Review: FERC v. EPSA Functionalism and the Electricity Industry of the Future

In this new Essay, Guarini Center Fellow Matt Christiansen examines the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association. Christiansen argues that the decision represents a deeply functional and pragmatic approach to the Federal Power Act.  That approach, he concludes, represents a promising development for the future of electricity […]

June 13, 2016 – Managing the Renewable Grid: A Transatlantic Dialogue

The Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law, held a discussion on, “Managing the Renewable Grid: A Transatlantic Dialogue.” In 2015, renewable energy resources supplied approximately 33% of Germany’s electricity demand. Yet, despite the influx of intermittent resources, grid reliability does not seem to have declined at all. […]

Building Demand for Efficient Buildings: Insights from the EU’s Energy Disclosure Regime

Author: Danielle Spiegel-Feld In late 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed expanding the scope of New York City’s hallmark building energy disclosure law, Local Law 84, to cover midsized buildings. The proposed expansion could prove critical to the City’s pollution-reduction goals. Yet, without also addressing the means by which energy information is communicated, Mayor de […]

Next Steps for the Paris Climate Agreement

Author: Amelia Linn In December 2015, 196 countries met in Paris, France for UNFCCC COP21 and adopted the Paris Agreement on climate change. While much of the attention surrounding the Paris Agreement has focused on the post-2020 period, the Paris Agreement could enter into force much sooner–possibly by the end of 2016. In this brief, […]

Allocating the Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy Between Stakeholders on Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Arguments for a Balanced Approach

Authors: Bryce Rudyk and Danielle Spiegel-Feld For many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) the cost of producing electricity from imported fossil fuels is so high and the cost of renewable energy technology has fallen so significantly that transitioning towards renewable energy is likely to produce cost savings. A recent workshop at NYU School of Law, […]

April 11, 2016 – Leading the Green Revolution: Danish Perspectives on Building Energy Efficient Cities

A global leader in energy efficiency, Denmark has roughly halved energy consumption in its buildings over the last 40 years. Denmark’s experience may offer considerable insights for other countries and cities seeking to reduce their carbon footprints. On April 11, the Guarini Center welcomed Peter Bach, chief adviser on energy efficiency at the Danish Energy […]

FPA Preemption in the 21st Century

Author: Matthew Christiansen On February 24, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing. In deciding this case, the Court must determine whether an effort by the State of Maryland to incentivize the construction of new power plants is field preempted by the Federal Power Act (“FPA”)—that is, whether the Maryland law […]

March 23, 2016 – Nuclear Energy and the Clean Energy Future

On March 23, 2016, the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law, held a discussion on, “Nuclear Energy and the Clean Energy Future.” Nuclear energy currently provides approximately 20 percent of America’s electricity—and the majority of the country’s zero-emissions electricity. Yet across the nation, many nuclear power plants […]

The Rise of DG: Options for Addressing the Environmental Consequences of Increased Distributed Generation

Authors: Matthew Christiansen and Elizabeth Stein States across the country are witnessing a surge in distributed electricity generation.  DG has the potential to provide significant economic and reliability benefits.  DG powered by zero- or low-emissions resources may also confer significant environmental benefits.  But not all DG comes from these relatively clean sources.  Increased reliance on “dirty […]