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In the absence of stronger federal leadership, many states are enacting their own climate goals and policies. They serve as laboratories, demonstrating what's effective and informing national policy.

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States look to “green banks” to leverage private investment in clean tech
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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) was the first mandatory cap-and-trade program in the United States to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) from the power sector. It consists of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and …

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California marks first anniversary of cap-and-trade
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States will need coordination, creativity to meet electric vehicle goal
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ZEV Program

California has unique authority under Section 209 of the Clean Air Act to issue vehicle emission standards that are stricter than the federal vehicle standards. Other states can adopt California’s standards at their discretion, but cannot adopt their own standards …

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State Policy Actions to Overcome Barriers to Carbon Capture and Sequestration and Enhanced Oil Recovery

The development of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) and Enhanced Oil Recovery with Carbon Dioxide (CO2-EOR) projects faces a wide range of barriers, but state-level policy can help overcome many of these challenges. In addition to establishing a regulatory framework …

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Key Considerations for Industrial Benchmarking in Theory and Practice

The industrial sector is responsible for 20 percent of the nation’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Benchmarking is used in a variety of applications to improve the efficiency of industrial facilities and therefore bring emissions down. In this context, …

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On-Bill Financing: Encouraging Energy Efficiency

Buildings account for 41 percent of the United States’ primary energy consumption. One generally cost-effective way to decrease buildings’ energy consumption is by improving building efficiency. However, the high up-front cost of efficiency improvements is often a barrier. To address …

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Standards for Electricity GHG Emissions

Almost all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the electricity sector are produced by power plants burning fossil fuels. The range in emission rates stem from differences in the type of fossil fuel used (generally coal or natural gas) and efficiency. …

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