Governor Cuomo’s Goal of 50% Renewables by 2030: What Would It Take?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Columbia University Law School
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104

435 West 116th Street, New York, NY

Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the state's regulators to take actions that will assure that 50 percent of the state's electricity supply comes from renewable sources by 2030. This decarbonization is a central part of the state's efforts to fight climate change. At this program a principal architect of the program discussed how it will be achieved, followed by commentaries by representatives of important elements of the energy industry.

Jonathan Elkind, U.S. Department of Energy

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus Graduate School of Journalism World Room

Representatives from 196 countries met in Paris in December 2015 and reached a historic agreement to address climate change. The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a timely presentation and discussion by Jonathan Elkind, Assistant Secretary for the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. He offered remarks focused on post-Paris international collaborations on clean energy. Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, moderated the discussion after the presentation. 

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.

COP21 Climate Agreement - What Comes Next? (1/25/16)

The Center on Global Energy Policy and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law organized a discussion on what comes next for the Paris COP21 Agreement after its adoption in December 2015. Our distinguished guests included:

  • Dr. Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia SIPA;
  • Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy;
  • Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School;
  • Nat Keohane, Vice President, Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund;
  • Kyung-Ah Park, Managing Director and Head of Environmental Markets Group, Goldman Sachs; and
  • [Moderator] David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy.


New York Clean Energy Transmission Summit

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.

A Global Low-Carbon Challenge

Jason Bordoff and Carlos Pascual discuss how to drive private investment to meet the Paris COP21 climate goals in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. 

Paris COP21 Commentary

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

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.

A Readout from Paris COP21

Nearly 200 countries recently reached an historic climate agreement in Paris. In this episode, our host, Bill Loveless, sat down with David Sandalow, the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, who was in Paris, to discuss what the agreement means -- and doesn't -- for the world.


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