Category Archives: Policy Initiative

Konopacky Hosts Briefing for Hill Staff on Clean Water and the Farm Bill

On July 11, Environmental Policy Initiative attorney and watershed policy fellow Jamie Konopacky traveled to Washington, DC to host briefings on and off Capitol Hill for Congressional staff and environmental and policy groups. 25 key agriculture staff from Democratic and Republic offices and several groups attended the events. Briefing participants were introduced to the new […]

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Konopacky Talks Clean Water: How Wisconsin Shows the Way Forward

Runoff carrying nutrients and sediment from urban and agricultural areas impairs water quality across the US. Managing this pollution can be very challenging, but attorney and Environmental Policy Initiative Fellow Jamie Konopacky suggests a better way forward using Wisconsin as a case study. In her new article “Battling the (Algae) Bloom: Watershed Policies and Plans in Wisconsin,” in […]

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Policy Initiative Convenes Experts to Discuss Future of Electricity Regulation

On July 25, the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative convened a stellar cast of energy law faculty, current and former public utility commissioners, and other industry experts to discuss the legal framework for tomorrow’s electricity sector. EPI co-hosted the Nashville workshop with Duke University’s Nicholas Institute and the University of North Carolina’s Center for Climate, Energy, […]

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EPI Director Konschnik Discusses Hydraulic Fracturing Reporting at Harvard Kennedy School

Kate Konschnik, founding Director of the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative, presented at the New Directions in Regulation seminar series, hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School Regulatory Policy Program, on September 17. Her presentation, Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals Reporting and Disclosure: Analysis of FracFocus Data and Lessons Learned, discussed the challenges and opportunities for improvement in industry […]

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Policy Initiative Celebrates 80th Birthday of the Federal Power Act

In 1935, Congress passed Title II of the Federal Power Act. The law grants federal jurisdiction over transmission of electricity in interstate commerce and wholesale electricity sales. To mark the 80th birthday of the Federal Power Act, the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute convened a group of experts to discuss how […]

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ELP Convenes Meeting on Natural Gas Leakage in Boston

On May 7, EPI Director Kate Konschnik and Clinical Instructor Aladdine Joroff, who co-chairs the Boston Bar Association’s air committee, convened a meeting at the Boston Bar Association on methane leakage from natural gas distribution. Kathryn McKain, a Harvard graduate student who participates in the EPI Oil and Gas Discussion Group, led by Kate Konschnik, […]

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Energy Law Fellow Discusses State Compliance with EPA GHG Rule

Ari Peskoe, Energy Law Fellow at the Environmental Policy Initiative, presented at Harvard’s Kennedy School about how existing state laws could be used to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Under that rule, which is expected to be finalized in the summer of 2015, EPA will set carbon dioxide emission rates for each state’s fleet […]

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Environmental Policy Initiative Helps States Navigate the Constitution

The Environmental Policy Initiative released a new paper entitled Minimizing Constitutional Risk: Crafting State Energy Policies that Can Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny. The paper provides policymakers with key lessons from recently filed lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of state energy policies and suggestions on how states can work within their constitutional limits to achieve energy policy […]

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Policy Director Kate Konschnik argues for Goal-Oriented Disclosure Design in Shale Oil and Gas Development

EPI Director Kate Konschnik has published a new article, Goal-Oriented Disclosure Design for Shale Oil and Gas Development, in the Natural Resources Journal. In her article, Kate argues that disclosure laws are more effective when they are viewed as a means to achieving worthwhile policy goals. The key is to identify target audiences – those […]

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Environmental Policy Initiative Submits Comments on EPA Clean Power Plan

On November 5, 2014, the HLS Environmental Policy Initiative submitted comments on EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which proposes to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing stationary sources for the first time in U.S. history. The comments are in the form of an Energy Efficiency Evaluation Tool, which states and stakeholders can use to determine whether […]

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