Energy Efficiency

Struggling to Keep the Lights on: Understanding Why ‘Energy Insecurity’ Matters for Health and Equity in the US

Thursday, March 23, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pulitzer Hall World Room

Struggling to Keep the Lights on: Understanding Why ‘Energy Insecurity’ Matters for Health and Equity in the US

WIE Site Visit: Brookhaven National Lab

Friday, April 28, 2017
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Off-campus

WIE Site Visit: Brookhaven National Lab

Why Trump needs to embrace Obama's fuel economy rules to make America energy independent

Jason Bordoff
Energy Efficiency
Geopolitics
Oil

Director Jason Bordoff writes in Thomson Reuters that if President-elect Trump wants to keep his promise to achieve "energy independence," he must continue on the Obama Administration's path of raising fuel economy standards to cut oil use.

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

Center on Global Energy Policy
Energy Efficiency
Oil
Sustainability
Transportation

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.

The History and Future of the Clean Energy Ministerial

David Sandalow
Climate Change
Energy Efficiency
Geopolitics
Renewables

Clean energy leaders from around the world convene this week in San Francisco for the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial. In this commentary, Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow, who helped launch the Clean Energy Ministerial during his tenure at the U.S. Department of Energy, takes stock. What has the Clean Energy Ministerial accomplished in its first seven years? What should it do for the next seven years? Sandalow offers reflections and recommendations, concluding that the Clean Energy Ministerial is making a real difference but that it can - and must - do more in the years ahead.

Global Voices on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1501

The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a panel discussion on the Paris Agreement and what it means for the various international stakeholders including governments, the renewable energy industry, and other business sectors. Distinguished experts included Majid Al Suwaidi, lead climate change negotiator for the UAE, Rueanna Haynes, Permanent Mission to the United Nations from Trinidad and Tobago, Michael Gerrard, Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, and Selwin Hart, Director of the United Nations Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team. The event was moderated by David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy.

WIE Site Visit to Columbia University's Central Chiller and Central Boiler Plants

Friday, April 29, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Facilities, B-230 East Campus

The Center on Global Energy Policy's Women in Energy program hosted a tour of the Columbia University Central Chiller and Central Boiler Plants. The visit was a great opportunity to learn about the the energy aspect, as well as the application and operation, of the plants.

Site Visit: Covanta Energy-from-Waste Essex County Facility

Friday, April 22, 2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Covanta Energy Essex County Resource Recovery Facility 183 Raymond Boulevard Newark, NJ 07105

The Center on Global Energy Policy's Women in Energy program hosted a tour of the Covanta Energy-from-Waste Essex County Facility. This visit was a great opportunity to learn about the Energy-from-Waste process. The group toured the facility and spoke with their Environmental Specialist and one of their Technicians. After the tour, the group had a Q & A session with the HR Manager.

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