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  • A Path Forward for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Cover

    A Path Forward for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    Near-Term Steps to Address Climate Change

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should take an active role in better aligning regulatory practices with climate policies, speeding up development of necessary transmission infrastructure, and reforming energy market rules. This report details the specific policy reforms that federal policymakers should pursue to take advantage of important opportunities energy markets can provide to combat climate change while ensuring an economically efficient and speedy clean energy transition.

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  • Amicus Brief in SDNY on Healthcare Nondiscrimination Rule

    A rule by the Department of Health and Human Services would narrow the scope of civil rights protections for patients under the Affordable Care Act. We filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York explaining how HHS fails to acknowledge, let alone weigh, the significant social harms resulting from the rule.

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  • Making the Most of Distributed Energy Resources Cover

    Making the Most of Distributed Energy Resources

    Subregional Estimates of the Environmental Value of Distributed Energy Resources in the United States

    This report provides a new set of hourly E-Values for the whole United States, broken down into 19 subregions, using an open-source reduced-order dispatch model. The patterns uncovered by these estimates can help policymakers design economically efficient DER policies to reduce air pollution from electricity generators.

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    A Pileup

    Surface Transportation Market Failures and Policy Solutions

    Guided by economic principles, this report summarizes the well-established economically efficient policy solutions and outlines several options for reforming surface transportation that account for technological, institutional, and political realities. It also highlights the unequal burden of market failures in the transportation sector and policy solutions that can help lead to a more just outcome.

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  • Comments to FERC on PennEast Amendment Project

    The PennEast 2020 Amendment Project, which provides for various additions to the proposed PennEast pipeline, would result in significant greenhouse gas emissions. We submitted comments on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions’s draft environmental assessment of the project, which fails to meaningfully assess the impact of emissions using social cost of carbon metrics.  

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  • Comments to DOE on Energy Storage Systems

    The Department of Energy (DOE) recently requested input on its Energy Storage Grand Challenge, which is a program aimed at expanding the development and proliferation of energy storage systems in the U.S. electric power system. We submitted comments explaining what tools and policies are necessary to ensure that energy storage systems are accurately valued and can participate fully in the market.

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  • Comments to EPA on Proposed Dust-Lead Pollution Rules

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed revisions to dust-lead post-abatement clearance levels. We submitted comments emphasizing how EPA, itself, concedes that the economic analysis supporting the rule is inaccurate.

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  • Comments to the New York PSC on Resource Adequacy

    The Brattle Group developed a resource adequacy scenario analysis for the New York Public Service Commission (PSC), which is considering how to best meet its electricity generating capacity and resource adequacy needs. We submitted comments encouraging the PSC to consider several questions that Brattle’s analysis does not examine in depth.

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  • Fighting for the Full Valuation of Climate Damages

    As the climate crisis intensifies, it is crucial that we effectively contextualize and consider how policies affect our climate. We have worked hard to ensure that governments, regulators, and courts account for the social cost of carbon in policy and decisionmaking—and a string of recent policy outcomes has created positive momentum.

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    Implementing NEPA in the Age of Climate Change

    Forthcoming in the Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law

    Under the National Environmental Policy Act, agencies must consider the environmental impacts of major federal actions before they can move forward. But agencies frequently downplay or ignore the climate change impacts of their projects in NEPA analyses, citing a slew of technical difficulties and uncertainties. This article, forthcoming in the Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law, aims to highlight best practices so that agency offices can learn from one another, fulfill NEPA’s mandate, and begin to provide leadership in the fight against climate change.

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