The Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law, named for the Hon. Frank J. Guarini ’50 (L.L.M.’55), a former member of Congress who advanced progressive environmental legislation, works to advance policy-relevant inquiry and writing and develop and implement innovative market and regulatory solutions for environmental, climate and energy issues at the city, state, national, and global level.
Policy Brief: Fast Start Climate Finance: Math and Aftermath (December 2013)With Climate Analytics, an analysis of the fast start climate finance (FSF) delivered by developed countries since the pledge of USD 10bn per year made at the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009. Using the reports of governments, we have identified important lessons from the FSF process that are crucial for the rules and structure of how Long Term Finance should be delivered, around issues such as reporting, sources, burden-sharing, priorities, access and the balance between funding for adaptation and mitigation.
The policy brief can be downloaded here.
Fact Sheet: Federal Architecture for Incentivizing Renewable Energy (November 2013)Currently, the U.S. federal government has relied on a Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC)to encourage private capital investment in renewable energy. These tax credits, however, have limitations and are scheduled to expire in 2014 and 2017 respectively. This fact sheet provides information on the current tax credits, as well some of the other incentives that have been proposed, to replace, or work in addition to the tax credits, including master limited partnerships (MLPs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs).
The fact sheet can be downloaded here.
Energy Policy Discussion Series
Solar City Securitization (January 2014) - CLE Available
Commissioner Daniel Esty of Connecticut (February 2014)