Institute for Policy Integrity

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What We Do

Project Updates

  • Public Comments

    Comments on New York State Benefit Cost Analysis Handbooks

    September 26, 2016

    We recently submitted reply comments to the New York State Public Service Commission on Benefit Cost Analysis Handbooks submitted to the Commission by utility companies, within the Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding. Benefit-cost analysis will assist in determining the best resource allocations between traditional utility distribution grid investments and distributed energy resources (DER), by allowing for direct comparison. These Handbooks will help ensure that the utilities’ benefit-cost analyses will help to select investment options that will maximize net benefits to the public.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments on NARUC’s Distributed Energy Resources Compensation Manual

    September 2, 2016

    As distributed energy resources (DER) become more common and play a larger role in helping meet clean energy targets, many states are increasing their focus on the valuation and compensation of these resources. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is creating a manual to assist states with these key policy questions. We recently submitted comments to NARUC’s Staff Subcommittee on Rate Design to help ensure that the manual is complete, accurate, and unbiased.

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  • Court Filings

    Federal Court Supports Use of Social Cost of Carbon

    August 8, 2016

    On August 8, 2016, the Seventh Circuit handed down its opinion in Zero Zone, Inc. v. United States Department of Energy, upholding the agency’s use of the social cost of carbon (SCC) in its regulatory impact analysis of commercial refrigerator energy efficiency standards. The ruling may have paved the way for a new chapter in economically efficient U.S. climate policies, and our brief for the case was acknowledged in the judges’ opinion.

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  • 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

    New York State Zero-Emissions Attributes Comments

    July 22, 2016

    We recently submitted comments to the New York State Department of Public Service Staff regarding their Responsive Proposal for Preserving Zero-Emissions Attributes. This Proposal offers recommendations on how to achieve New York’s clean energy target: 50 percent of all electricity used in the state by 2030 should be generated by renewable energy sources.

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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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