Energy Sector Faces Significant Risk from Climate Change, Federal Report Says

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Climate change is already affecting the U.S. energy sector, and the more frequent and extreme storms that are projected for the coming years could pose profound risks to the nation’s aging energy infrastructure, says a new report from the U.S. … Continue reading

Video — Guilford, Connecticut: A Case Study in Building Resilience

Guilford Case Study Screen ShotThis new video case study from The Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference documents efforts by officials in Guilford, Connecticut, together with The Nature Conservancy, to develop a Community Coastal Resilience Plan. The video includes interviews with a number of key participants, including: state officials who were part of the Connecticut Shoreline Preservation Task Force, which conducted hearings in communities across the state to assess their level of preparedness to deal with future extreme storms; local officials and homeowners in Guilford; and the director of science at The Nature Conservancy.

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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