Extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy, threats of cyber-terrorism to energy infrastructure, the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the rapidly changing economics of the energy industry have called attention to the inadequacies of the U.S. electric utility industry. While the electricity industry must adapt to such changes, the future of the industry is not clear—will it reverse the deregulation of the 1990s and see the reemergence of the vertically integrated utilities, or will utilities become platforms into which different generation and energy service providers might “dock”?
For many years, NYU Law students have assisted missions at the United Nations with environmental and other legal work. This year is no exception. Almost a dozen J.D. and LL.M students will be working with the missions of Tonga, Palau, Nauru and Fiji. In addition to legal research, their primary duty is to attend the meetings of the six main committees of the General Assembly and report back to the missions on the discussions. In the past, students have made statements and voted in the committees on behalf of the countries.
On Thursday, September 26th, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Senator Tony de Brum, the Minister in Assistance to the President (equivalent to a Vice President), joined Professor Paolo Galizzi’s International Environmental Law class to talk about climate change in the Pacific and their recent work to spur greater commitments in the international climate change negotiations.
Today, Policy Integrity, a research and advocacy center at NYU Law, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation. It argues that a D. C. Circuit panel, in overturning EPA’s cross-state air pollution rule, disregarded settled legal principles and understandings and improperly substituted its preferred policy for that of the agency.
The inaugural class of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program has kicked off with 11 recent graduates of NYU Law, including Benjamin Levitan, former executive editor of the NYU Environmental Law Journal. Designed for college, university, and professional school graduates from across the state who are pursuing public service careers, the two-year program allows NYU Law graduates the opportunity to work on pressing policy issues as entry-level attorneys in New York State’s executive branch.
The Furman Center is currently engaged in a series of research projects aimed at better understanding land use regulations and how they affect the built environment and development patterns. In these projects, we are answering questions that have not been answered before about the consequences, sometimes unintended, of key city land use policies.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan was at the Law School in August to discuss the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, which he chaired. His presentation was part of a workshop organized by the Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law on using microgrids to increase the resiliency of the larger electrical grid.