Issue Briefs

Political Cross Currents in the Electricity Sector October 2017 - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission faces increasing and conflicting pressures from both States and the Department of Energy to intervene in the federal wholesale electricity markets that FERC administers. In this primer, Guarini Center fellow Peter S. Ross provides a brief overview of those political forces and the legal framework in which they operate. The […]
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 […]