Peskoe is Visiting Scholar at Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

Policy Initiative Senior Fellow Ari Peskoe spent a week on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania recently, as a visiting scholar at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. While at Penn, Ari was a guest lecturer at Penn Law’s Energy and Climate Change Law course, gave a public talk attended by students, professors, and […]

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Climate Solutions Living Lab Course and Research Project

A new three-year interactive, multi-disciplinary Climate Solutions Living Lab course and research project led by Clinical Professor and Director of Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Wendy Jacobs, will focus on studying and designing practical solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at Harvard, in neighboring communities, elsewhere in United States, and abroad. […]

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Policy Initiative Hosts Workshop on the Future of Electricity Markets

On October 13, the Environmental Policy Initiative welcomed a group of  consumer advocates, former state regulators, environmental advocates, economic analysts, wholesale electricity market participants, and law professors to discuss the future of wholesale electricity markets. Ari Peskoe and Kate Konschnik of EPI facilitated the workshop which focused on how regulatory models may inhibit or foster the […]

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Emmett Clinic Hosts Workshop on Citizen Science

The Emmett Clinic released its Manual for Citizen Scientists Starting or Participating in Data Collection and Environmental Monitoring Projects in September, 2017. Building on this work, on October 13, 2017, the Clinic, together with the Environmental Defense Fund and the Environmental Law Institute convened a workshop called “Citizen Science and Environmental Protection.” The workshop brought together representatives […]

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Environmental Law Program Announces New Executive Director

Joseph Goffman, who, over a 30-year career, has shaped environmental law and policy at the highest levels of the Executive branch and as a senior congressional staffer, will join the Law School’s Environmental Law Program  in November, 2017 as Executive Director. ELP Faculty Director Jody Freeman says “Joe is a fantastic addition to our program, bringing […]

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Defining Waters of the United States / Clean Water Rule

This rule defines which streams and wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act. EPA recently took comments on its proposal to rescind the rule. ELP is tracking the rollback efforts of this rule and dozens of others in our environmental deregulation project.

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Richard Lazarus: First Monday May Shed Light on Water Case

Who should hear cases on industry challenges to EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers’ definition of “navigable waters?” Federal district courts or the court of appeals?  Federal government attorneys argue that a “pragmatic construction” of the Clean Water Act would send cases with broad policy implications to one of the thirteen appeals courts, rather […]

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Peskoe Discusses Wholesale Electricity Markets and State Roles in DC

On September 13, Ari Peskoe delivered the Energy Bar Association’s semi-annual “Author Talk,” to discuss his latest article. Peskoe’s paper, which was the featured article in the most recent issue of Energy Law Journal, is about integrating state renewable energy and carbon reduction policies into FERC-regulated electricity markets. The article concludes that FERC’s legal authority is […]

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Professor Lazarus on Murr v. Wisconsin and Regulatory Takings

On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court upheld Wisconsin and St. Croix County land use regulations written to protect a Wild and Scenic River. Professor Richard Lazarus argued the case on behalf of the regulators before the Supreme Court in March. Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, finding that the state and local regulations preventing separate […]

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EPI Hosts Mississippi River Basin Stakeholder Forum on Nutrient Pollution

The Environmental Policy Initiative and the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center convened Mississippi River Basin government and conservation district stakeholders on August 31, 2017, in St. Paul, MN. The workshop examined how to encourage small-scale watershed planning to identify farm conservation projects to improve water quality.  EPI attorney and watershed policy fellow Jamie Konopacky […]

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