April 8, 2019

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:

  • NY passing congestion pricing.

  • N.C. orders Duke Energy to excavate coal ash from all plant sites.
  • In Washington, DC, 28% of VW funds ($2.3 million) to upgrade 5 diesel-powered switcher locomotives at Union Station with newer, cleaner diesel engines, “or electric engines if the technology becomes viable” over a five year period, starting in 2019.
  • In mid-March, the Washington Supreme Court heard arguments from the Department of Ecology in favor of its authority to adopt GHG emissions standards for fossil fuels.

  • Duke plans largest utility EV investment ever in Southeast.
  • NYC proposing to extend shoreline into East River to help protect parts of Lower Manhattan.
  • Palo Alto developing a sea-level rise implementation strategy.
  • Gov. Baker (MA) announced $10 million in funding availability for community resilience through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program.
  • The Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan was released last week.

  •  Recent Congressional developments, including the Senate vote on the Green New Deal resolution, the House bill to reinstate Paris and other recent bills in the Senate and House.
  • The federal court decision holding that President Trump could not reverse President Obama's withdrawal of certain offshore lands in Alaska from potential leasing for oil and gas development.
  • The federal court decision ruling that BLM did not sufficiently consider climate change in issuing oil and gas leases in Wyoming.
  • The Massachusetts decision allowing the  Conservation Law Foundation to proceed with its suit against Exxon concerning the effects of extreme weather events on an oil terminal.

Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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April 8, 2019

An ELI Public Webinar on Energy Storage Systems Policies

Professor Richard L. Revesz, New York University School of Law, and Dr. Burcin Unel, NYU Institute of Policy Integrity, challenge the conventional wisdom that utilization of energy storage systems will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, in their recent article in the Harvard Environmental Law Review, they contend that current laws and regulations do not provide adequate incentives and safeguards to ensure that increased utilization of energy storage systems will be environmentally beneficial and economically efficient. Revesz and Unel propose that state and federal regulators adopt policy reforms that internalize emission externalities, eliminate entry barriers, and modify market rules to guarantee accurate price signals that value the benefits of clean energy storage.

Please join the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt University Law School for a vibrant discussion of Professor Revesz’ and Dr. Unel’s article, which was selected for inclusion in this year’s Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review.

Linda K. Breggin, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute

Burcin Unel, Ph.D, Energy Policy Director, The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, Co-Author

Daniel Adamson, Attorney/Advisor, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

John Fernandes, Senior Consultant, Customized Energy Solutions

Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association

Ryan Trahan, Law Offices of Ryan Trahan

Recording of the webinar available HERE