Institute for Policy Integrity

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What We Do

Project Updates

  • Court Filings

    Brief for Challenge to Ozone Standard

    August 5, 2016

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will soon hear arguments in Murray Energy Corp. v. U.S. E.P.A., challenging the EPA’s revised ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Policy Integrity has submitted an amicus brief in support of the EPA for this case.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to SEC on Environmental Disclosures

    July 21, 2016

    We recently submitted comments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on business and financial disclosures related to environmental risk.

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  • News

    Hein Testifies at House Hearing on Offshore Leasing

    July 7, 2016

    On July 6, Jayni Hein testified at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the “Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act.” The hearing, held by the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, focused on H.R. 5577, a bill that would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to allow internet-based offshore oil and gas lease sales, among other measures. Hein’s testimony covered four main topics, suggesting that the Department of the Interior should: continue to increase transparency and public participation in the offshore leasing process; improve the regulations that underlie the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) five-year planning process; build on recent progress addressing environmental, social, and economic uncertainty in its five-year Program and lease sales; and advance efforts to account for the environmental and social costs of fossil fuel leasing through royalty rate and other fiscal reform. Hein’s testimony elaborated on some of the arguments from her recent Alaska Law Review article and recent comments to BOEM.

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  • News

    Coal Reform Publications, Workshop for Policymakers

    July 1, 2016

    As the Department of the Interior continues its review of the federal coal leasing program, we recently released two new publications on coal reform and hosted a related workshop for government officials.

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  • News

    Revesz Testifies at Senate Hearing on Clean Power Plan

    June 9, 2016

    On June 9, Richard Revesz testified at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing focused on the Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan.

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  • Public Comments

    National Academy of Sciences Reviews Social Cost of Carbon

    April 29, 2016

    The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is currently conducting a review of the methodologies used to calculate the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC). We submitted comments to NAS to help inform this process.

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  • Public Comments

    Distributed Energy Compensation Comments for NARUC

    April 29, 2016

    As distributed energy resources (“DER”) are becoming increasingly common, the debate on how customers with such systems should be compensated is intensifying in many states. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is creating a Distributed Energy Resources Compensation Manual to assist states with these policy decisions. We recently submitted comments to NARUC’s Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design regarding the most economically desirable approach to use for DER compensation.

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  • Public Comments

    New York Clean Energy Standard - White Paper Comments

    April 22, 2016

    The 2015 New York State Energy Plan set one of the most ambitious clean energy targets in the nation: 50 percent of all electricity used in the state should be generated by renewable energy sources. The Department of Public Service Staff recently released a White Paper on the Clean Energy Standard, with recommendations on how to achieve this ambitious goal. We submitted comments to the New York State Public Service Commission, outlining some additional steps that can help ensure that the Clean Energy Standard is not excessively costly, and is effective in achieving all of its policy goals.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments on BLM Rule to Control Fugitive Methane Emissions

    April 22, 2016

    We recently submitted two sets of public comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding a proposed rule to reduce waste of natural gas from venting, flaring, and leaks during oil and gas production on federal and Indian lands. BLM has proposed making natural gas lost through these processes subject to royalty payments.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments on Net Metering and Distributed Energy Valuation in New York

    April 18, 2016

    We recently submitted comments to the New York Public Service Commission on how the Commission should develop an interim successor to its net metering policy, and how distributed energy resources should be valued in the future. We filed the comments jointly with the Environmental Defense Fund. To begin to move the retail electricity markets toward efficient and accurate recognition of the value of distributed energy resources, we suggest that the Commission should enhance its existing net energy metering policy to align compensation with the system benefits provided by distributed energy resources; establish a fully unbundled retail price structure; and specifically account for the environmental benefits of distributed energy resources in future pricing structures.

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