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  • Regulating Greenhouse Gas Pollution from Existing Power Plants
    Policy Brief

    Regulating Greenhouse Gas Pollution from Existing Power Plants

    The State of the Debate

    By Jack Lienke and Jason A Schwartz
    May 19, 2014

    Environmentalists, industry groups, and state governments have been vocal regarding their preferences for the shape of EPA’s forthcoming rule on greenhouse gas pollution from existing power plants. In this policy brief, Jack Lienke and Jason Schwartz survey 30 public letters, white papers, presentations, and reports from these stakeholders and outline their positions.

  • Annual Energy Outlook Projections and the Future of Solar PV Electricity
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Annual Energy Outlook Projections and the Future of Solar PV Electricity

    By Noah Kaufman
    April 22, 2014

    The topic of this paper is the assumed growth of solar photovoltaic (PV) in current energy models, with a focus on information from Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA resolves the difficulty of modeling solar energy into the future by assuming its current growth will not continue. However, EIA’s assumptions on the future costs of solar PV are highly pessimistic, and its methodology would appear to bias its “Reference Case” projections toward lower growth of solar energy. Sure enough, past AEOs have systematically underestimated the future growth of solar PV. Energy modelers therefore may need to adjust the AEO forecast in order to reflect a most likely baseline trajectory for solar PV.

  • Shifting Gears
    Policy Brief

    Shifting Gears

    A New Approach to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Transportation Sector

    By Jack Lienke and Jason A Schwartz
    April 7, 2014

    To overcome a stall out of “command-and-control” regulations for biofuels, EPA should move towards a flexible, market-based emissions trading system for the transportation sector.

  • Global Warming: Improve Economic Models of Climate Change
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Global Warming: Improve Economic Models of Climate Change

    By Richard L. Revesz, Peter H. Howard, Kenneth Arrow, Lawrence H. Goulder, Robert E. Kopp, Michael A. Livermore, Michael Oppenheimer, and Thomas Sterner
    April 4, 2014

    Costs of carbon emissions are being underestimated, but current estimates are still valuable for setting mitigation policy, say Richard L. Revesz, Peter H. Howard, Kenneth Arrow, Lawrence H. Goulder, Robert E. Kopp, Michael A. Livermore, Michael Oppenheimer, and Thomas Sterner.

  • Water Pollution and Regulatory Cooperation In China
    Academic Article/Working Paper

    Water Pollution and Regulatory Cooperation In China

    By Hong Lan, Michael A. Livermore, and Craig A. Wenner
    November 27, 2013

    The costs of China’s record economic growth—including pollution—threaten to undercut its progress if left unchecked. Standing in the way of China’s efforts to control pollution is a complex political system of overlapping levels of local and national authorities. This paper examines recent efforts to address the ill-aligned incentives lead some officials to allow high levels of pollution.