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  • Comments to SEC on Climate Change Disclosure

    Climate change presents grave risk across the U.S. economy, including to corporations, their investors, the markets in which they operate, and the American public at large. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently requested public input on climate change disclosures, posing several questions related to the development of new disclosure regulations and the enforcement of existing regulations. We worked with several partners to submit comments to the SEC, providing 15 major recommendations.

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  • Policy Integrity and Partners Form New Initiative on Climate Risk and Resilience Law

    As the climate crisis intensifies, it is crucial that policymakers strengthen protections from the dangers of climate change to our nation’s financial system and the millions of people who rely on it to sustain the American economy. The Institute for Policy Integrity, alongside several partners, has founded the Initiative on Climate Risk and Resilience Law to advocate for smarter policies on this issue.

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  • Comments to New Jersey on Solar Incentives

    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) released a straw proposal for its Solar Successor Program. We submitted comments addressing a question about solar projects' potential benefits to environmental justice (EJ) communities. Our comments encourage BPU to consider the inclusion of an environmental justice adder and reommend that BPU explore an adder that would deliver material benefits to EJ communities. 

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  • Comments to FERC on Natural Gas Infrastructure

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of inquiry on how to revise its policy on certifying the construction and operation of interstate natural gas transportation facilities. We submitted comments providing numerous recommendations for how FERC can improve its evaluation of environmental impacts and methodology for determining whether there is need for a proposed project.

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  • Comments to DOE on Process Rule for New Energy Conservation Standards

    The Department of Energy proposed revisions to its procedures and policies for considering new energy conservation standards across a range of consumer products and commercial equipment. We submitted comments offering support for the proposed revisions and making additional recommendations. Our recommendations include weighing a full range of environmental and consumer effects, incorporating the consideration of distributional justice, and reviewing the selection of discount rates. 

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  • Comments on Greenhouse Gas Emission Offsets from Rail Tie Wind Project

    The Rail Tie Wind Project would offset approximately 900,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually compared to typical U.S. electric generation. We submitted comments encouraging the Western Area Power Administration to provide context for those emission offsets by using the social cost of greenhouse gases.

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  • Who Knows What: Information Barriers to Efficient DER Roll-Out Cover

    Who Knows What: Information Barriers to Efficient DER Roll-Out

    Working Paper

    While academic research on Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) has been mostly focused on first-best systems, we hypothesize that in reality multiple information barriers to efficient DER roll-out exist. We thus study the prevalence and importance of information issues arising in the context of deployment of DERs by reviewing the existing engineering and economic literature on distributed resources, analyzing DER-related regulatory proceedings, and surveying the relevant electricity sector stakeholders for their perception of information relevance and accessibility.

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  • Comments to Maryland PSC on Energy Storage Report

    The Maryland Public Service Commission requested input on its working group's energy storage report. We submitted comments in support of several of the working group's recommendations. We also encourage the Commission to apply the same principles that inform the report to assess the net emissions impacts of energy storage installations.

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  • Strategic Policymaking for Implementing Renewable Portfolio Standards: A Tri-level Optimization Approach Cover

    Strategic Policymaking for Implementing Renewable Portfolio Standards: A Tri-level Optimization Approach

    Forthcoming

    Appropriately designed renewable support policies can play a leading role in promoting renewable expansions and contribute to low emission goals. Meanwhile, ill-designed policies may distort electricity markets, put power utilities and generation companies on an unlevel playing field and, in turn, cause inefficiencies. This paper, forthcoming in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, proposes a framework to optimize policymaking for renewable energy sources, while incorporating conflicting interests and objectives of different stakeholders.

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  • Comments to New York PSC on Gas Planning Procedures

    The New York Public Service Commission requested input on its Staff Gas System Planning Process Proposal. We submitted comments encouraging the Commission to add several minor requirements and directly address the legal tensions and ambigious policies that make planning decisions more challenging.

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