Tag Archives: Danielle Spiegel-Feld
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The Promise of Renewable Energy Microgrids for Rural Latin America

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. […]

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Greening New York City’s Homes: The Case For Requiring Energy Efficiency Upgrades

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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Deploying Solar Powered Microgrids on Small Island Developing States

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 […]

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US News: “Power Progress at the Court”

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear a little-noticed case that could have big implications for the future of the American electricity system. Electric Power Supply Association v. Federal Energy Regulation Commission is part of a campaign by the power industry to stifle innovations that could foster a leaner, more efficient electricity system. Read Power […]

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Brief as amicus curiae in Support of Petitioners in EnerNOC v. Electric Power Supply Ass’n

Authors: Danielle Spiegel-Feld, Richard B. Stewart, and Katrina M. Wyman The Guarini Center has submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court supporting the US government’s position in the case EnerNOC v. Electric Power Supply Association. The outcome of this case will determine the extent to which the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) can […]

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Reforming Electricity Regulation in New York State: Lessons from the United Kingdom

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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In the LNG Export Debate, the WTO Can’t be Ignored

By Danielle Spiegel-Feld Published in Breaking Energy June 23, 2014 If history is any guide, the Russian energy firm Gazprom’s recent decision to cut off gas to Ukraine will stoke the already raging debate over whether the Department of Energy (DoE) should allow increased natural gas exports from the United States. Stakeholders have raised myriad economic and environmental concerns […]

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Whither Article XX? Regulatory Autonomy Under Non-GATT Agreements After China—Raw Materials 38 Yale J. Int’l L. (Online) (2012)

Author: Danielle Spiegel-Feld (with Stephanie Switzer) On January 30, 2012 the Appellate Body to the World Trade Organization (WTO) released a decision in China—Measures Relating to the Exportation of Various Raw Materials (Raw Materials) in which it condemned China’s refusal to freely export certain raw materials mined within its territory. Apart from the significant political implications of […]