Category Archives: Policy Initiative

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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Green Infrastructure Certification Report Released

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative released a new report, Certifications for Green Infrastructure Professionals – The Current State, Recommended Best Practices, and What Governments Can Do to Help.  The report surveys the current state of Green Infrastructure (GI) professional certification programs, discusses obstacles to the development of widely […]

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New Report on Regional and Municipal Stormwater Management

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative released a new report, Regional and Municipal Stormwater Management: A Comprehensive Approach.  This report analyzes options for addressing stormwater pollution at both the regional and municipal level, encourages the adoption of green infrastructure by municipalities as a stormwater pollution reduction strategy, and recommends that […]

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The Clinic and Policy Initiative Release New Report on Responding to Landowner Complaints from Oil and Gas Activity

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative released a new report today, Responding to Landowner Complaints of Water Contamination from Oil and Gas Activity: Best Practices.  The report provides recommendations for state lawmakers and agencies to consider implementing to develop robust, comprehensive policies for responding to landowner complaints.  If adopted, these […]

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Policy Initiative Launches StatePowerProject.org

State policies promoting the deployment of renewable energy have played important roles in the rapid growth of wind and solar energy.  But over the past few years, those policies are increasingly being challenged as unconstitutional.  Challenges are wide ranging but most focus on two grounds: preemption by the federal government, or State overreach into interstate commerce. […]

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