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Report November 7, 2017

China’s Power Sector and Air Quality Reforms: Global Lessons on Getting Institutional Responsibilities Right

By Christopher James

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan includes goals to establish electricity markets and deepen progress toward improving air quality. But achieving the plan’s energy and environmental targets could result in unintended consequences, including increased pollution, shifting pollution from one region to another, and falling short in the utilization of China’s renewabl...

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Presentation April 27, 2017

Retooling Regulation: Integrating Environmental and Energy Planning through a Multi-Pollutant “E-Merge” Approach

By Christopher James, Ken Colburn

In a RAP webinar held on April 27th, 2017, we address the question of whether energy and environmental regulators can work together, in a more integrated and streamlined fashion, to achieve state energy and air quality goals. We think they can. Ken Colburn and Christopher James detail how energy and air quality planning can be retooled—in a process RAP has du...

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Webinar (video)

E-Merge: Retooling Regulation for Clean Air and Clean Energy (Webinar)

Technology, consumer choices, and evolving markets are driving the U.S. power sector rapidly toward cleaner energy. Yet energy and air quality regulations are failing to keep pace with change. The result is inefficient “stovepiping” of responsibilities, as states struggle to meet numerous statutory requirements. The considerable impact of the energy sector on the environment, and...

Report October 29, 2016

RGGI Program Review: A Model to Reduce Regulatory Uncertainty in Carbon Planning

By David Farnsworth, David Littell, Christopher James, Kelly Speakes-Backman

As China moves through the process of testing approaches and implementing a national program for regulating carbon emissions, lessons from similar programs elsewhere in the world may prove useful. In particular, such a program requires a robust review to ensure its economic and environmental performance. A successful example of program review can be found in the ...

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Presentation September 11, 2016

Regional Air Quality Planning: Energy and Air Quality Integration

By Christopher James

At a regional air quality management planning workshop of the World Bank’s Pollution Management and Environment Health (PMEH) program, Christopher James spoke of the importance of integrated energy and air quality planning. He highlights the importance of identifying the air quality and other benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy, educating air a...

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Policy Brief August 29, 2016

Capturing Win-Win Energy Efficiency and Air Quality Improvement Projects

By Christopher James, Bob Taylor

Energy efficiency projects, despite their financial attractiveness and air-pollution-reducing benefits, often face institutional and technical barriers. In China, which has both severe air pollution and a sophisticated set of nationwide energy efficiency programs, more still needs to be done to enhance the role of efficiency in improving air quality. Practitioner...

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Report July 29, 2016

RGGI Program Review: A Model to Reduce Uncertainty in State Carbon Plans

By David Farnsworth, David Littell, Christopher James, Kelly Speakes-Backman

The original agreement to develop the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), following a 2005 memorandum of understanding, included a provision for a “comprehensive review” of all aspects of the program. The successful experience of this program review illustrates the importance of including a comprehensive assessment mechanism of RGGI’s functions to en...

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Policy Brief May 31, 2016

开展好能效与改善空气质量的双赢项目—两部门需要相互合作,实现互惠互利

By Christopher James, Bob Taylor

开展能效项目会产生一定的经济效益,而且可以通过减少当地的燃料消耗或削减火电厂的发电需求,显著地减少空气污染(包括降低温室气体排放的影响)。尽管如此,要充分挖掘具有吸引力的能效项目的巨大潜力,对所有的国家而言,仍然是一项严峻的挑战。这主要是由于...

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Presentation March 4, 2016

Integrated Energy and Environmental Planning: Suggestions for Jiangsu Based on Best Practices from the USA

By Christopher James

In a training session for the Chinese province of Jiangsu’s Environmental Protection Department, Christopher James spoke about U.S. experiences with integrated energy and environmental planning. As best practices, he highlighted the importance of collaboration between energy and environmental regulators, the extensive benefits of energy efficiency, and the impr...

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Presentation March 4, 2016

结合能源和环境规划:基于美国最佳实践对江苏的建议

By Christopher James

克里斯托弗·詹姆斯(金珂瑞)在对江苏省环保厅的培训中谈到了美国在结合能源和环境规划方面的经验。他展示了能效如何助力美国改善空气质量,以及可再生能源成本效益的提高所带来的新的机遇,并特别强调了能源和环境监管者实现合作的重要性。...

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