Policy Papers, Issue Briefs & Fact Sheets

Policy Papers

  • Building Demand for Efficient Buildings_April 2016_Page_1 Building Demand for Efficient Buildings: Insights from the EU’s Energy Disclosure Regime April 2016 - 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 […]
  • DG Policy Br  - Rough Draft v (almost) FINAL_Page_01 The Rise of DG: Options for Addressing the Environmental Consequences of Increased Distributed Generation February 2016 - 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 […]
  • Post-EPSA Blog Post Title Page The Supreme Court Upholds FERC Order 745 January 2016 - January 2016 Case Update: The Supreme Court Upholds FERC Order 745 Author: Matthew R. Christiansen On Monday, the Supreme Court held that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) has jurisdiction under the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) to regulate demand response in wholesale electricity markets.[1]  Although the decision is, first and foremost, a significant victory for […]
  • Deploying Solar Powered Microgrids on Small Islands_Page_01 Deploying Solar Powered Microgrids on Small Island Developing States December 2015 - Author: Danielle Spiegel-Feld Today, the majority of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) rely on imported diesel fuel to generate electricity on the islands. This reliance on diesel exposes SIDS to multiple challenges. First, the fuel must typically be transported great distances at great expense and the resulting electricity tariffs can be staggeringly high. In 2010, for […]
  • PPL's Implications for EPSA v.FINAL_Page_1 Electricity Regulation at the Supreme Court: What Might the Grant of PPL Mean for EPSA? October 2015 - Author: Matthew Christiansen Last week, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Hughes v. PPL EnergyPlus, LLC (“PPL”), its second case of the term involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC”) regulation of wholesale electricity markets. Two days earlier, the Court heard oral argument in the first case, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply […]

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Issue Briefs

  • Paris Cover Next Steps for the Paris Climate Agreement March 2016 - 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, […]
  • The German Energy Transition _Event Summary_Page_1 The German Energy Transition: Debating Implications for New York State June 2015 - On April 29, 2015, the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law and the Ecologic Institute hosted an event entitled, “The German Energy Transition: Debating Implications for New York State.” A summary of the discussion highlighting key takeaways and next steps can be downloaded here. A recording of the event can be viewed […]
  • RIIO Issue Brief_Page_1 A Primer on Utility Regulation in the United Kingdom: Origins, Aims, and Mechanics of the RIIO Model November 2014 - Author: Benjamin Mandel In advance of a roundtable discussion on the UK’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 […]

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Fact Sheets

  • German Energy Transition_Handout_Page_1 Facts and Figures About the German Energy Transition April 2015 - On April 29, the Guarini Center and Ecologic Institute co-hosted a discussion on the German Energiewende (Energy Transition) and potential implications it could hold for energy reforms that are underway in New York State. To help facilitate an informed discussion, the Guarini Center prepared a set of facts and figures comparing the German electricity sector and relevant policy instruments […]
  • 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 […]

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