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  • Balancing on the Grid Edge
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Balancing on the Grid Edge

    Regulating for Economic Efficiency in the Wake of FERC v. EPSA

    By Denise Grab
    April 14, 2016

    This new article from senior attorney Denise Grab is featured in a special edition of the Harvard Environmental Law Journal that focuses on the Supreme Court’s FERC v. EPSA case.

  • Managing the Future of the Electricity Grid: Distributed Generation and Net Metering
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Managing the Future of the Electricity Grid: Distributed Generation and Net Metering

    By Richard L. Revesz and Burcin Unel
    February 19, 2016

    As distributed energy generation is becoming increasingly common, the debate on how a utility’s customers should be compensated for the excess energy they sell back to the grid is intensifying. This article provides a thorough analysis of the benefits and the costs of distributed generation and highlights the analytical flaws and missing elements in the competing positions and in all the existing policies.

  • Familiar Territory
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Familiar Territory

    A Survey of Legal Precedents for the Clean Power Plan

    By Richard L. Revesz, Denise A. Grab, and Jack Lienke
    December 4, 2015

    In this essay, we highlight a wide variety of regulations from the Clean Air Act’s forty-five-year history that provide substantial precedent for the flexible design of the Clean Power Plan.

  • Regulating Greenhouse Gas Pollution from Existing Power Plants
    Policy Brief

    Regulating Greenhouse Gas Pollution from Existing Power Plants

    The State of the Debate

    By Jack Lienke and Jason A Schwartz
    May 19, 2014

    Environmentalists, industry groups, and state governments have been vocal regarding their preferences for the shape of EPA’s forthcoming rule on greenhouse gas pollution from existing power plants. In this policy brief, Jack Lienke and Jason Schwartz survey 30 public letters, white papers, presentations, and reports from these stakeholders and outline their positions.

  • Annual Energy Outlook Projections and the Future of Solar PV Electricity
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Annual Energy Outlook Projections and the Future of Solar PV Electricity

    By Noah Kaufman
    April 22, 2014

    The topic of this paper is the assumed growth of solar photovoltaic (PV) in current energy models, with a focus on information from Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA resolves the difficulty of modeling solar energy into the future by assuming its current growth will not continue. However, EIA’s assumptions on the future costs of solar PV are highly pessimistic, and its methodology would appear to bias its “Reference Case” projections toward lower growth of solar energy. Sure enough, past AEOs have systematically underestimated the future growth of solar PV. Energy modelers therefore may need to adjust the AEO forecast in order to reflect a most likely baseline trajectory for solar PV.