Policy Briefs & Reports

Policy Briefs

  • Greening New York City’s Homes: The Case For Requiring Energy Efficiency Upgrades January 2017 - If New York City hopes to achieve the ambitious goals it set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it will have to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of its building sector, which accounts for nearly three-quarters of the city’s total emissions. In this Policy Brief, Guarini Center Executive Director Danielle Spiegel-Feld and Fellow Augusta Wilson argue […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 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 […]
  • 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: 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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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Reports

  • The Promise of Renewable Energy Microgrids for Rural Latin America January 2017 - Since the adoption of the utility business model in the early 20th century, governments have relied on extending their national transmission grids to supply electricity to remote populations. Many countries in Latin America have followed this model. In the few cases where grids were not extended, electrification has been achieved by installing local diesel generation. […]
  • 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 […]
  • Reforming Electricity Regulation in New York State: Lessons from the United Kingdom January 2015 - Authors: Danielle Spiegel-Feld and Benjamin Mandel In the order instituting New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)” proceeding, the Public Service Commission indicated that the United Kingdom’s novel approach to network regulation known as “RIIO” could serve as a model for reforms in New York State. However, in light of a dearth of up-to-date and […]

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