The Town of New Castle, New York has adopted a comprehensive green building law that is designed to create a more sustainable community by incorporating green building measures into the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings. The New Castle Town Board voted unanimously to adopt the law on December 13, 2011. The green building law […]

A Day in Durban at the COP17


December 19th, 2011

By Alexis Saba, CCCL Fellow With the fruit of two weeks of negotiations being an agreement to try to agree in the future, some would say not too much happened at the UN climate conference in Durban. However, on a day-to-day basis, a lot happened in Durban. It was 90 degrees and humid with simultaneous […]

by Shelley Welton, Deputy Director & Fellow MIT released an interdisciplinary study on December 5, 2011, that examines “The Future of the Electric Grid.” Among many interesting findings, it nicely details the challenges we will face in adapting the electric grid to accommodate all the anticipated renewable resources coming on-line in the next few decades. […]

By Adam Riedel, CCCL Associate Director With little fanfare or notice from much of the western press, a new international agreement on combating climate change was reached on December 11 following the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (“COP”). For 16 days prior, 194 countries had negotiated extensively on topics ranging from binding […]

By Patrick Woolsey, CCCL Intern The issue of sea level rise (SLR) related to climate change is increasingly being addressed in federal environmental impact statements (EISs) for coastal projects. As described in a previous post, the Center for Climate Change Law (CCCL) has prepared a database of EISs that address climate change-related impacts. The database […]

by Shelley Welton, Deputy Director In October, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an interesting though little-noted report on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) energy efficiency and capital expenditures planning.  The report does an excellent job of illustrating how even commendable efforts at energy efficiency can fall short if a utility’s planning does not fully […]

By Patrick Woolsey, CCCL Intern U.S. Government agencies have begun to incorporate consideration of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions into the environmental impact statements (EISs) which they are required to produce under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). However, federal agencies have developed widely varying procedures for addressing the topic. The Center for Climate […]

By Shelley Welton, Deputy Director An ongoing battle over the potential tensions between air quality regulations and electric grid reliability has picked up steam recently, as two EPA air pollution regulations near the implementation phase: the cross-state air-pollution rule and the mercury and air toxics standard. Congressional Republicans and many in the electricity industry are […]

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