Pace Energy & Climate Center executive director director on EPA regulating power plant greenhouse gas emissions

Franz Litz, executive director of Pace Law School’s Energy & Climate Center, is available to speak to the media about the Environmental Protection Agency setting greenhouse gas regulations for power plants and refineries. It is expected that EPA will release a new schedule for issuing regulations on Friday, after it missed two previous deadlines in July and September.

Under the leadership of Franz Litz, the Pace Energy & Climate Center:

  • Serves as an advisor to North America 2050, a group with representatives from more than a dozen states across the country, which is studying and preparing to implement new regulations for greenhouse gas emission from power plants.
  • Advises the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) states—including NY, NJ, MD, DE and the 6 New England states—in their 2012 program review. The new federal regulations will have a direct bearing on the direction the states take.
  • Has been closely involved in the design and implementation of RGGI, as well as regional initiatives in the West (the Western Climate Initiative) and Midwest (the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord). Twenty-three states are involved across all three initiatives.
  • Litz was the lead author of a report published by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change, which looked at using the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas emission.

Franz Litz on EPA regulating greenhouse gas regulations from power plants:

“This is EPA’s first real attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from sources other than cars and trucks. This regulation is well overdue. There is a lot at stake for states like those in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) that have already stepped up to reduce emissions from power plants. Now, EPA must follow through to ensure other states do their part. As we enter an election year, EPA should not bow to political pressure.”


Franz Litz, Executive Director
Pace Energy & Climate Center
cell 518-424-5832

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