Policy Papers & Issue Briefs

Policy Papers

Francis_Guarini op-ed 8.17.14E_Page_01 A New Framework for New York State Renewable Energy Subsidies September 2014 - In comments submitted to the New York Public Service Commission (PSC), Guarini Center Distinguished Senior Fellow and NYU Law alumnus Paul Francis articulates a vision for the Clean Energy Fund that is currently under consideration by the PSC. The Clean Energy Fund would consolidate all existing New York State programs that currently govern the spending of […]
Yesberg-Sustainability and NZ DG-Aug.14_Page_01 (1) copy Environmental Sustainability and the Regulation of New Zealand’s Electricity Market August 2014 - In this policy paper, NYU Law Environmental LLM alumna Kate Yesberg considers the implications of removing “environmental sustainability” as an objective of New Zealand’s electricity market regulation under the Electricity Industry Act 2010. To do so, the paper looks specifically at the impact of this change on the development of regulatory incentives for investment in […]
Schrag_Comment_on_Selected_Policy_Questions_Final_Page_1 copy Public Comments on Selected Policy Issues Raised by the New York Public Service Commission’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ July 2014 - Guarini Center Senior Fellow Jonathan Schrag submitted comments on selected policy issues raised by the New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). In the comments, Schrag urges the Public Service Commission to maintain its focus on the overarching goal of incentive programs for clean energy – which is to reduce greenhouse gas […]
ConEd Comments Public Comments on the Con Edison Storm Hardening and Resilience Report January 2014 - The Guarini Center, along with NYU Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity, submitted comments on Con Edison’s Storm Hardening and Resilience Collaborative Report. The comments urge New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to extend the charter of the working groups convened as part of the collaborative process surrounding Con Edison’s latest ratemaking proceeding. The comments can be […]
Math and Aftermath of FSF_Final The Math and Aftermath of Fast Start Finance November 2013 - This Policy Brief provides an updated analysis of the delivery of Fast Start Finance as of the start of the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland. Download the policy paper here.
Harvard Project Climate Finance: Key Concepts and Ways Forward Policy Brief, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements December 2, 2009. December 2009 - Authors: Richard Stewart, Benedict Kingsbury and Bryce Rudyk Climate finance is fundamental to curbing anthropogenic climate change. Compared, however, to the negotiations over emissions reduction timetables, commitments, and architectures, climate finance issues have received only limited and belated attention. Assuring delivery and appropriate use of the financial resources needed to achieve emissions reductions and secure […]

Issue Briefs

RIIO Issue Brief A primer on utility regulation in the United Kingdom November 2014 - Author: Benjamin Mandel In advance of a roundtable discussion on the U.K.’s RIIO (“Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs”) model for sustainable utility regulation, to be convened by the Guarini Center on November 18, 2014, the Center has prepared an issue brief to orient an American audience with the basic structures and mechanisms that […]
NYU Innovative Finance Fact Sheet - Nov 13_Page_1 New Renewable Finance November 2013 - Authors: Jonathan Schrag & Seth Silverman Since the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the U.S. federal government has relied on a Production Tax Credit (PTC) to encourage private capital investment in renewable energy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 expanded an Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for renewable energy. Those tax credits, however, have […]