Jason Ye

Solutions and Outreach Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Jason Ye is a Solutions and Outreach Fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), where he researches, analyzes, and develops strategies and solutions for climate change and energy issues. Since joining C2ES, Mr. Ye has worked in the intersecting areas of policy, markets and business, and technology. His responsibilities have included: tracking and analyzing legislative proposals and regulatory action; creating and maintaining user-friendly federal policy web content; managing C2ES’s corporate energy efficiency initiative; and examining how federal agencies are using information and communications technology (ICT) to perform their functions in a leaner, more efficient, and sustainable manner.

Before joining C2ES, Mr. Ye led a practicum team for the World Wildlife Fund’s “China for SHIFT” campaign aimed at identifying, assessing, and developing business and market-based sustainability initiatives for e-waste to help reduce China’s carbon footprint and preserve biodiversity in key areas.

Mr. Ye has a Master of Arts in international relations and international economics – concentrating in energy, resources, and the environment – from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history from the University of California, San Diego.

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Summary of California’s Extension of its Cap-and-Trade Program

On July 26, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bipartisan bill that extends the state’s cap-and-trade program to 2030. Cap and trade is a key part of California’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below …

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Strengthening Energy Efficiency Programs for Low-Income Communities

Energy efficiency programs offer an effective way to reduce energy consumption and address energy burden. These programs are particularly beneficial to low-income households, which spend a higher percentage of their income on energy bills. There are many energy efficiency programs …

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State of World Carbon Pricing

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Not-in-Kind Alternatives to High Global Warming HFCs

As parties to the Montreal Protocol consider an amendment to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), one critical concern is the availability of zero- or low-global warming potential (low-GWP) alternatives to replace high-global warming potential (GWP) HFCs. While much of the attention …

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Ten Myths About Intellectual Property Rights and the Montreal Protocol

This brief explores myths and facts about intellectual property rights as they are covered in the Montreal Protocol, an agreement to limit high global warming potential (GWP) gases.

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Patents and the Role of the Multilateral Fund

Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer are considering actions to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) because of their contributions to climate change. One important issue raised by Article 5 Parties is the concern that patents on …

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Technological Change in the Production Sector under the Montreal Protocol

With negotiations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) considering limits on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as potent greenhouse gases, this paper examines past transitions during the relatively short, but dynamic history of this international treaty. …

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Clean Power Plan Timeline

On February 9, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order staying the Clean Power Plan while litigation proceeds on the legal merits of the rule. No deadlines or other compliance obligations may be enforced while the stay is in …

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Key Insights from a Solutions Forum on Driving Energy Efficiency with IT

Energy efficiency is a critical component of the proposed Clean Power Plan. It offers states a least-cost pathway for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector. A C2ES Solutions Forum held May 18, 2015, brought together city, state, and …

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Energy efficiency will play a key role in the Clean Power Plan
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Intelligent Efficiency: Achieving Clean Power Plan Goals

Energy efficiency is a critical component of the proposed Clean Power Plan. It offers states a least-cost pathway for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector. This factsheet provides an overview of the potential contributions from information and communications …

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Key Insights from a Solutions Forum on Carbon Pricing and Clean Power

States will have tremendous flexibility to choose how to reduce carbon emissions under the Clean Power Plan. One idea states are exploring is putting a price on carbon. The first C2ES Solutions Forum — held on April 15, 2015 — …

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Market Mechanisms: Understanding the Options

Climate change poses a significant risk for a broad range of human and natural systems. Policies to reduce emissions are critical if we are to avoid the most costly damages associated with a rapidly changing climate. Compared to traditional command-and-control …

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Continuing to lead by example on federal sustainability
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Taking action on climate change is good business strategy
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Preparing for Carbon Pricing: Case Studies from Company Experience: Royal Dutch Shell, Rio Tinto, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company

This report was prepared for the PMR Secretariat by Janet Peace, Tim Juliani, Anthony Mansell, and Jason Ye (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions—C2ES), with input and supervision from Pierre Guigon and Sarah Moyer (PMR Secretariat). This report examines how …

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Carbon Pricing Proposals of the 113th Congress

Six proposals to put a price on carbon were introduced in the 113th Congress (2013-2014). Five would establish a carbon tax (also called a “carbon pollution fee”) and one would establish a cap-and-dividend program (a cap-and-trade program that would rebate …

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Assessing the Electric Vehicle Charging Network in Washington State

The Washington State Legislature is interested in exploring government’s role in fostering new business models that will expand the private sector commercialization of electric vehicle (EV) charging services. This paper provides an assessment of the existing EV publicly available charging …

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Climate Interest, But No Action in the 113th Congress
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Summary of the Expanding Carbon Capture through Enhanced Oil Recovery Act of 2014 (S.2288)

Introduction Section 1. Short Title. This Act may be cited as the Expanding Carbon Capture through Enhanced Oil Recovery Act of 2014. Section 2. Expansion of Tax Credit for Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide. The legislation is intended …

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Extreme Weather and Resilience: An Ounce of Prevention
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The federal climate: A look back and ahead
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Climate change bills in the 113th Congress
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Leading by Example 2.0: How Information and Communication Technologies Help Achieve Federal Sustainability Goals

By any measure, the federal government has an enormous impact on the economy and the environment. Federal agencies: Own or operate 660,000 vehicles; Own or manage approximately 400,000 buildings; and Employ 1.8 million workers. The federal government also paid over …

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Conservatives debate a carbon tax
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Summary of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (S.761)

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. The short title of this bill is the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013. Sec. 2. Definition of Secretary. “Secretary,” for purposes of this act, is defined as the Secretary of …

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Options and Considerations for a Federal Carbon Tax

Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced most cost-effectively through market-based approaches that put a price on carbon. The two most commonly discussed approaches are a cap-and-trade system and a carbon tax. By establishing a price for greenhouse gas emissions, either …

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Summary of the Climate Protection Act of 2013 (S. 332)

The Climate Protection Act would impose a “carbon pollution fee” on any manufacturer, producer, or importer of a “carbon polluting substance.” (Imports from countries with equivalent carbon measures would be exempt.) The sponsors anticipate that the fee would be paid …

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Leading by Example: Using Information and Communication Technologies to Achieve Federal Sustainability Goals

As the nation’s largest landlord, fleet operator, and purchaser of goods and services, the federal government has the opportunity, if not the responsibility, to lead by example in moving our country in a more sustainable direction. Recent initiatives across the …

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The Candidates on Climate and Energy: A Guide to the Key Policy Positions of President Obama and Governor Romney

This voter guide outlines the records and positions of President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney on key climate and energy issues. A side-by-side summary at the top links to more details below. The nonpartisan guide is based on …

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