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Monthly Climate Change Briefing: September 2016


September 12, 2016



Staying on top of the legal and policy developments in the climate change arena is no small task. As a special service to our members, the Environmental Law Institute provides a series of monthly conference calls with national experts on climate law and policy to keep you up to date and to answer your questions.


Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • Congress: the energy bill conference, appropriations, and other things to watch for as the session winds down
  • Agencies: EPA's final heavy-duty emission rule, midterm evaluation of light-duty standards, and final landfill methane rule
  • Courts: 7th Circuit decision on the social cost of carbon, the upcoming Clean Power Plan argument, and some of the Exxon-related litigation
  • States:
    • California takes several steps on climate, including being the first state to release its draft Clean Power Plan compliance plan, regulatory extending its cap-and-trade GHG emissions program, and legislatively extending its GHG emissions reduction program to 2030
    • New York Public Service Commission adopts Clean Energy Standard, which requires that 50% of the state's power come from clean and renewable sources by 2030 (including nuclear)
    • Massachusetts enacts energy legislation that requires the state use PPAs to procure offshore wind power
    • Florida voters approve a measure to eliminate property and equipment taxes on solar and renewable-energy devices
    • Miami-Dade County will consider a potential climate change impact fee for developers
    • The Inupiat Eskimo village of Shishmaref in Alaska voted to relocate because of worsening erosion of the island from coastal storms

Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Center for Climate Change Law
Manik Roy, Consultant [formerly with the ClimateWorks Foundation]
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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