Policy Papers

Climate-Friendly Diets: How Cities Can Cut Emissions and Improve Public Health July 2018 - In the United States, city governments have been among the most vocal actors in pledging climate action. Yet, in both their greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and their climate action plans, cities are often leaving out a significant piece of their own climate footprint—the GHG emissions embodied in the meat and dairy products consumed in cities. […]
Clean and Resilient Power for Caribbean States January 2018 - The Caribbean hurricanes of 2017 made clear that many of the islands’ power systems are woefully unprepared to withstand the increasingly severe weather events that climate change is generating. Perhaps no island exemplified this inadequacy better than Puerto Rico; one month after hurricane Maria barreled into the island, approximately eighty percent of its population was […]
Act Locally, Link Globally: Overcoming Obstacles to a Joint RGGI-WCI Market September 2017 - In this new Working Paper, Guarini Center fellow Augusta C. Wilson examines opportunities and obstacles to creating a joint RGGI-WCI carbon market. Read the paper here.
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 […]
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 […]
Building New York’s Future Electricity Markets: Identifying Policy Prerequisites & Market Relationships July 2015 - This work was made possible by the generous support of the Energy Foundation New York State’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding aims to improve the efficiency of the State’s electricity system by animating markets for distributed energy resources (DERs). Thus far, the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) has laid out several aspirational features of […]