EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Brief Overview for the ERC Region

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(Jump to: Emission Targets in the ERC; Related EPA Documents; Additional Resources) On August 3, the Obama administration finalized the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever national rule mandating reductions in carbon pollution from existing power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection … Continue reading


New England Officials See Critical Need for Boosting Natural-Gas Infrastructure

The need for increased natural gas pipeline infrastructure in New England is one of the most pressing energy issues facing the region, whose increasing reliance on the fuel has led to steep spikes in the price of power for residents … Continue reading


New York Energy Reforms Would Bar Utilities from Owning Local Power

As part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s effort to modernize the way electricity is produced and dispensed throughout New York state, regulators have released a new order that calls for greater integration of solar, wind and other distributed energy resources into the grid, while mostly barring utilities from owning those forms of power. The order is intended to achieve a mix of ambitious climate, technology and market-related policy goals. Continue reading

Key Observations from Participants in the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness

Following the release of the report from the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, CSG/ERC Energy and Environment Program staff reached out to state agency officials and representatives who participated in the year-long effort to learn what their biggest takeaways were from involvement in the task force.

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White House Task Force Uses Lessons from Sandy and Irene to Urge Changes in Federal Programs, Support for Resilience

Task Force Report CoverThe White House last week released a long-awaited report from the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the result of a yearlong effort to distill the collective experience of state, local and tribal governments dealing with extreme weather events into recommendations to enhance the help available from federal agencies.  Continue reading

Election 2014 Ballot Initiatives: Northeastern Voters Approve Measures on Open Space, Water Quality and Mass Transit

Voters in four northeastern states considered ballot initiatives on Election Day related to enhancing water quality, preserving open space, expanding the bottle bill and improving mass transit. Here is how they fared:
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New York State’s Bold New Plan to Restructure Its Electricity System

Electricity is rediscovering its roots by virtue of the advantages that twenty-first century technologies offer. In the transportation sector, cleaner more fuel-efficient electric vehicles recall the early years of the automobile industry, when nearly one-third of cars manufactured in the U.S. had electric motors. And today’s electricity grid is revisiting the embryonic power system of the late eighteen- and early nineteen-hundreds, when electricity generated in small neighborhood plants powered gears and kept the lights on. Continue reading