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  • When Old Laws Threaten New Climate Ambitions: A New York Case Study

    A video recording of the event is available here.

    Several states have recently passed legislation mandating ambitious levels of economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reductions. While the laws establishing these state mandates authorize agencies to adopt new regulations, they do not spell out what to do about existing laws that enable—and, in some cases, encourage—the consumption of fossil fuels. Our webinar, co-hosted by the Environmental Defense Fund, explored this challenge by considering New York's clean energy transition, and tensions between old laws and the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

  • Building Power in the Environmental Movement Series (Part 1): Tracking Progress on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Environmental Law

    A video recording of the event is available here.

    The environmental law field has been slower to diversify than the larger environmental movement. What are the best strategies for addressing this? And what are firms and other legal organizations already doing that is working? To discuss these questions, we were joined by experts working on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at environmental NGOs and law firms. 

  • Building a New Grid Without New Legislation

    A video recording of the event is available here.

    According to new research from the Center on Global Energy Policy and NYU School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could use existing authorities to overcome state regulatory obstacles and advance transmission development, even without new Congressional action. CGEP and Policy Integrity hosted an event to discuss this new research and potential next-steps that these agencies could take that would allow them to facilitate transmission system development in order to accelerate the transition to zero-carbon electricity.

  • Rationality and Federal Regulatory Policy

    A video recording of the event is available here. An audio recording is also available.

    This event explored the future of federal regulatory policy, following the release of Michael Livermore and Richard Revesz’s new book, Reviving Rationality: Saving Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Sake of the Environment and Our Health. Juliet Eilperin, senior national affairs correspondent for The Washington Post, spoke with Livermore and Revesz about federal agencies’ use of evidence, expertise, and analysis in decisionmaking, and the outlook for regulatory policy in the wake of the Trump administration.

  • Corporate Climate Risk: Assessment, Disclosure, and Action

    A video recording of the conference is available here.

    An increasing number of financial experts caution that markets may not be accurately incorporating climate-change related risks into asset prices. This conference drew together investors, companies, researchers, and regulators to ask whether this is true and what can be done to better evaluate the costs of both physical and transition risks.

  • Public Lands and Option Value: Information and Strategy Webinar

    A video recording of the webinar is available here.

    This webinar provided an overview of public lands commenting strategy that includes legal and economic arguments centering on option value, or the informational value of delay. Speakers discussed the key opportunities to advance these arguments; how to craft comments incorporating these arguments; and related issues, including how these arguments could shift if there is a new presidential administration.

  • Perspectives on Climate Change & Public Health

    A video recording of the conference is available here.

    In the coming years, it is crucial that policymakers, scientists, and advocates fully consider the serious threat that climate change poses to public health. Our online conference, co-sponsored by NYU Law's State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, explored perspectives at the intersection of both fields. Experts from around the country discussed climate-related health problems and some of the barriers working against the full consideration of health impacts in climate and environmental policy. 

  • Webinar: Getting the Value of Distributed Energy Resources Right

    The webinar slide presentation is available here.

    Led by Energy Policy Director Dr. Burcin Unel and Senior Attorney Justin Gundlach, our webinar discussed the different values that distributed energy resources can provide to the grid, consumers, and society. We described how these values could be incorporated in compensation through "value stacking," a promising solution to current policy debates on net metering policies, and provided suggestions and a roadmap for implementing this approach. 

  • Book Talk with Richard Cordray

    This event has been postponed. We’re hoping to reschedule in the coming months.

    Policy Integrity is hosting a book talk and reception for Richard Cordray’s Watchdog, which details how strong consumer protections can benefit individuals, safeguard the marketplace, and establish a new baseline of economic fairness. Cordray, who served as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will discuss the book and related consumer protection questions with Richard Revesz.

  • Carbon Pricing in Wholesale Energy Markets

    Video and slides from the conference are now available. The Institute for Policy Integrity and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions hosted a conference in Washington, D.C., focusing on the different approaches for carbon pricing in wholesale energy markets.