Resilience

Policymakers: Don't Take Clean Air For Granted

Director Jason Bordoff writes in Reuters that as policymakers consider a new administrator to the EPA, they should remember the agency's origins -- to provide a clean, safe and healthy environment for all Americans.

Four Years After Sandy, Tackling the Rising Threat of Fuel Emergencies

Robert M. Hallman
Infrastructure
Resilience

Last month marked the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated communities along the Northeastern coast of the United States and caused significant power, fuel and transportation disruptions to millions of families and businesses in the Tri-State region. In a new commentary, non-resident Fellow Robert Hallman writes that since the storm, considerable progress has been made to improve the resilience of the electric grid and prioritize power restoration to critical fuel supply infrastructure; however, as Hallman outlined in a CGEP report this summer, there is still an urgent need for local governments to do more.

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

Robert M. Hallman
Climate Change
Infrastructure
Oil
Resilience
Transportation

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.

Renewable Energy Sources in the United States - What, Who, and How Much?

Thursday, April 21, 2016
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Columbia Law School

Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103

435 West 116th Street, New York, NY

The Center on Global Energy Policy was pleased to co-host a coversation with distinguished guest peaker Steven Croley, General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy. Other co-hosts included The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School Environmental Law Society, SIPA Environmental Coalition, and the SIPA Energy Association. Mr. Croley spoke about renewable energy sources in the United States.

Report: New York Clean Energy Transmission Summit

On February 4, 2016, the Center on Global Energy Policy and Americans for a Clean Energy Grid convened a conference on the role of New York’s high-voltage transmission grid in meeting the State’s clean energy goals.

2016 Columbia Global Energy Summit

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Harvard Club of New York

On April 27, 2016 the Center on Global Energy Policy hosted the 2016 Columbia Global Energy Summit. Structured as a half-day forum, the Summit included keynote remarks, interviews and plenary conversations with senior energy and climate sector leaders focused on key issues and questions at the intersection of energy policy, financial markets, the environment and geopolitics.

How to Negotiate An International Climate Agreement: Lessons from the Paris Climate Talks

Susan N. Biniaz: Lead climate lawyer for the U.S. Department of State
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

William and June Warren Hall (northeast corner of 115th and Amsterdam)

Room L107 (lower level)

The Center on Global Energy Policy and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law co-hosted a presentation and discussion with Susan N. Biniaz, CLS ‘83. Ms. Biniaz has long been the principal State Department lawyer representing the United States in climate change negotiations around the world. In this session she shared lessons she learned in negotiating complex agreements on high-profile issues where domestic as well as international politics are in flux.

New York Clean Energy Transmission Summit

Conference
Thursday, February 4, 2016
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building Room 1501

The Center on Global Energy Policy and Americans for a Clean Energy Grid hosted a one-day conference focused on the development and challenges of the high-voltage transmission grid in and around New York during an era of ambitious clean-energy goals and profound changes in electric utilities’ roles and regulation.

Paris COP21 Commentary

Jason Bordoff
David Sandalow
Dr. Vijay Modi
Dr. Geoffrey M. Heal
Michael B. Gerrard
Dr. Scott Barrett
Climate Change
Renewables
Resilience
Sustainability

Following the historic Paris Agreement last weekend, the Columbia SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy collected commentary on the agreement from several of our scholars and Faculty Affiliates across Columbia University.

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