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  • Academic Articles/Working Papers

    Regulatory Change and Optimal Transition Relief

    October 30, 2010

    Grandfathering has become a common practice in regulating industries like coal power generation. But it is not clear that phasing out polluting plants is beneficial. The costs of retrofitting existing plants to comply with new standard can be higher than the compliance costs for a new plant. Since the costs of shifting to new technology must be borne at some point, (since granfathering can’t be indefinite) it might be best not to grandfather at all so that society can benefit from lower pollution levels earlier. That’s just one of the arguments examined in this working paper.

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  • News

    Mayor Bloomberg Signs Heating Oil Bill into Law

    August 16, 2010

    This afternoon, Policy Integrity legal fellow, Jason Schwartz spoke at the bill signing ceremony for Introduction 194, a New York City Council act that will reduce air pollution.

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  • News

    Policy Integrity Testifies at NY City Council Hearing on Clean Heating Oil

    May 28, 2010

    Policy Integrity legal fellow, Jason Schwartz, testified this afternoon at a hearing on a bill that would restrict the use of the dirtiest fuels used to heat some New York City apartments.

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  • News

    Research in support of heating oil regulations

    January 21, 2010

    For the last year, New York City has been working to develop potential regulation of the dirtiest heating oils used in residential and commercial boilers. Policy Integrity has been in close contact with city officials and interested advocacy groups as the rule is being developed to help quantify the potential health benefits and shape a rational regulatory response.

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  • News

    NY State Energy Plan released

    December 14, 2009

    New York State released its final Energy Plan today. Few changes were made from the revised draft version from the draft version. Policy Integrity had proposed distributing tradable energy vouchers to businesses instead of pure electricity subsidies in order to incentivize them to reduce their electricity usage—at no extra cost to taxpayers.

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  • Public Comments

    Expanded comments on the New York State Energy Plan

    October 19, 2009

    Policy Integrity expanded on our initial comments on the New York State Energy Plan. In this version, more detail is offered on how the state could build efficiency incentives into its economic development programs.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments on New York state electricity subsidies

    May 15, 2009

    New York State subsidizes the electricity bills for some companies as a way of encouraging them to keep their business here.

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  • Policy Briefs

    Unlocking the Green Economy

    December 16, 2008

    Unlocking the Green Economy: How Carbon Pricing Can Open the Floodgates of Private Investment in Clean Energy calls for the Obama Administration to implement carbon pricing as a necessary step to transition to a green U.S. economy.

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  • Policy Briefs

    The Cost-Benefit Compass

    October 21, 2008

    The Cost-Benefit Compass: Navigating the Perfect Storm of Economic, Environmental, and Energy Challenges discusses how the next administration can use cost-benefit analysis to address the three great interrelated challenges facing the country.

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  • News

    Statement of Principles for HEAP energy relief efforts

    September 22, 2008

    Economists know that when the cost of basic goods like energy increase, quality of life of decreases most for people with lower incomes. This is an important issue that government agencies should consider when estimating the effects of regulations.

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