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  • Public Comments

    Comments to EPA Science Advisory Board on Economic Analysis Guidelines

    June 9, 2020

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s chartered Science Advisory Board (SAB) invited the public to comment on its new draft Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses. We submitted multiple sets of comments covering different portions of the guidelines. 

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to Colorado PUC on Valuing Distributed Energy Resources

    June 5, 2020

    The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is exploring options for valuing distributed energy resources (DERs) in various contexts, including infrastructure planning, performance-based ratemaking, and others. We submitted comments identifying metrics that capture the value of DERs and suggesting how the PUC can employ those metrics to maximize benefits to the grid and society.

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  • News

    Statement on Racial Justice

    June 5, 2020

    The Institute for Policy Integrity, along with the NYU School of Law, denounces racism in all its forms. We wish to acknowledge the pain and anger being expressed in protests around the country. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and countless others have again highlighted the pervasiveness of violence against Black Americans, especially by police, and the deeply ingrained inequality that exists in this country.

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  • Reports

    Shortchanged: How the Trump Administration’s Rollback of the Clean Car Standards Deprives Consumers of Fuel Savings

    June 4, 2020

    The Trump administration recently replaced the Obama administration’s strongest climate policy, the Clean Car Standards, with a significantly weaker rule. We explain how EPA and NHTSA, to justify the rollback, rely on an analytical gimmick that contravenes decades of agency practice across administrations as well as the principles of basic economics. 

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to Rhode Island on Carbon Pricing Study

    May 28, 2020

    Rhode Island is undertaking a study to understand what a state carbon pricing scheme would look like and how it would interact with the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Transportation and Climate Initiative. We submitted comments that support the exploration of implementing a multisectoral carbon price and recommend that the state study a scenario that uses the federal Interagency Working Group’s Social Cost of Carbon.

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  • Policy Briefs

    What We Lose When They “Save”

    May 28, 2020

    The Trump administration regularly boasts about the cost savings of rolling back regulations, focusing on industry profits without considering significant negative impacts. This policy brief address and counters the administration's cost savings claims and demonstrates that they should not be taken at face value.

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  • Issue Briefs

    Carbon Pricing in Wholesale Energy Markets

    May 26, 2020

    Policy Integrity and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University convened a conference on March 3, 2020, to discuss current, and potential future, approaches to carbon pricing in wholesale markets. This brief highlights some of the major points of discussion and suggests open questions for future study. 

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  • Court Filings

    Amicus Brief on Navigable Waters Protection Rule

    May 21, 2020

    In April, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers published the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which considerably restricts the waters and wetlands that are federally protected under the Clean Water Act. We filed a brief in the Northern District of California focusing on the agencies’ economic analysis, which the agencies use to obscure the rule’s anticipated harms.

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  • Issue Briefs

    Understanding EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    May 21, 2020

    This issue brief summarizes EPA's enforcement and compliance policy in light of COVID-19, describing its significance and clarifying its contours. The policy opens the door to potentially problematic and harmful actions, especially on a short-term basis. 

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to New Jersey BPU on Resource Adequacy Alternatives

    May 20, 2020

    The New Jersey Bureau of Public Utilities (BPU) requested public input on its investigation of resource adequacy alternatives. We submitted comments encouraging the New Jersey BPU to recognize important uncertainties affecting the proceeding, consider a broad range of costs of pursuing a Fixed Resource Requirement, and explore the possibility of a carbon pricing program in addition to participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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