On Wednesday, November 20th, John Rhodes, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Eli Katz, Partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and Paul Francis, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law and Trustee of NYU School of Law discussed federal and state policies and private finance mechanisms to drive down the cost of capital for renewable energy projects. The discussion covered a wide-range of policies and incentives including production and investment tax credits, accelerated depreciation, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), and NYS’ proposed Green Bank along with YieldCo and securitization structures.
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NYU Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI) held its fifth annual Cost-Benefit Analysis and Issue Advocacy Workshop on October 28, celebrating not only its own anniversary but also the vigentennial of Executive Order 12,866, signed by President Clinton in 1993 to establish principles that government agencies must follow when developing regulations, including cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, and performance-based standards.
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 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.
The Institute for Policy Integrity uses economic analysis and law to promote better environmental, health, and consumer protection regulations. During the past year, Policy Integrity submitted 12 sets of detailed public comments to federal regulatory agencies on issues like mercury controls, fuel efficiency standards, and criminal sentencing guidelines. The organization was also the only non-profit permitted to submit an amicus brief for EPA on its tailoring rule, designed to exempt small polluters from strict Clean Air Act permitting requirements.