2017 Columbia Global Energy Summit

Thursday, April 13, 2017
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Rotunda

2017 Columbia Global Energy Summit

Improving Regional Situational Awareness During Fuel Emergencies in the New York Tri-State Areas: Lessons from Superstorm Sandy

Robert M. Hallman
Climate Change

The large-scale disruption of fuel supplies caused by Superstorm Sandy brought the vulnerabilities of the New York Tri-state fuel supply system into sharp relief. In the three and one-half years since the storm, concerns about extreme weather and overall energy security have only grown, leading policymakers at all levels, fuel suppliers to the region and related power providers to examine how this system can be strengthened against future risks. This report puts forward a series of recommendations to improve communications and overall situational awareness between the private and public sectors to facilitate effective response to fuel emergencies. The report concludes that the current voluntary system of information sharing is inadequate to the needs of the public sector and recommends creating mandatory requirements at various levels to address fuel crises.

Do Low Oil Prices Undermine US Passenger Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards?

Center on Global Energy Policy
Energy Efficiency

Fuel economy standards lie at the center of US efforts to reduce oil consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions. A new report published today by the Center on Global Energy Policy examines the effect low gasoline prices are having on this policy lever. Co-authored by Benjamin Leard, Joshua Linn, and Virginia McConnell of Resources for the Future, the report finds that, during the study period from June 2014 to August 2015, low fuel prices had only a modest effect on meeting the federally required level of fuel economy. If that finding continues beyond the study period, the authors conclude, then low fuel prices will not have a substantial effect on the average fuel economy of new light duty vehicles sales. However, the report cautions that low fuel prices may cause consumers to choose more powerful cars than if fuel prices were higher. Automakers would have to make up the difference if so, which raises the cost of complying with the regulations.

How Driverless Cars Could End Up Harming the Environment

Many ecological benefits have been projected for driverless cars, but CGEP Director Jason Bordoff says they may also pose some risks for the environment.

Global Energy Dialogue Report: Sulfur Regulations on the High Seas

Antoine Halff

By the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) reckoning, some 5.5 million barrels of oil — 6% of world demand — get burned daily as bunker fuel on the high seas. Those bunkers are the world’s last big sink for high sulfur residual fuel oil (HSFO), the "bottom of the barrel,” as air-emission rules for ships have to date remained relatively loose. Tighter sulfur regulations may soon change that, with far-reaching impacts for the shipping industry, energy markets and air emissions from ships.

Dr. Ellen Williams, Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus Faculty House

The Center on Global Energy Policy was pleased to host a presentation and discussion by Dr. Ellen Williams, Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E). Dr. Williams offered keynote remarks focused on the energy technology research priorities at ARPA-E. Dr. Nicola de Blasio, CGEP Senior Research Scholar and Program Director, Technology and Innovation, moderated a discussion after the presentation.

A Discussion with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

In the most recent episode of the Global Energy Policy podcast, our host, Bill Loveless, interviews US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Their discussion touches on a wide range of issues including the outlook for the Paris climate talks, the EPA's Clean Power Plan, and the broader relationship between the Obama Administration's energy and environmental goals.

David Crane’s 5 ‘Easy’ Steps to Tackling Climate Change

"The energy industry is running out of time on climate change, says NRG CEO David Crane. And if utilities don't find the customer-centric solutions to the problem, they're in big trouble" - via GreentechMedia


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