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Policy Impacts

Modernizing Energy Policy in New York State

Our input is helping to improve energy policy decisionmaking in New York State, which has announced ambitious plans to boost clean energy. We have submitted numerous comments to the New York State Public Service Commission, suggesting several changes in the design of its Clean Energy Standard to ensure that the state’s policy goals can be met in an economically efficient manner. The Commission adopted several of our suggested changes, most notably, relying on our comments in deciding to calculate zero-emission credit payments based on the Social Cost of Carbon. This marks a major success in our ongoing efforts to encourage government agencies to use the Social Cost of Carbon as a tool when designing policy. Our amicus briefs have also helped successfully defend the policy in court challenges.