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Pace University

2008

Energy and Utilities Law

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

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Solar Energy: New York City Sets Pace In Adopting Sound Policies, John R. Nolon, Jessica A. Bacher Aug 2008

Solar Energy: New York City Sets Pace In Adopting Sound Policies, John R. Nolon, Jessica A. Bacher

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

Through state legislation and local land use powers, municipalities in New York have authority to facilitate solar energy usage and reduce carbon emissions. This article analyzes several specific New York and municipal legislative provisions enabling New York’s municipalities to encourage or discourage solar energy. Interestingly, many of the tools discussed in this article are variations of pre-existing traditional land use tools such as, variances, subdivision design requirements, or fee exemptions.


The Externalities Of Nuclear Power: First, Assume We Have A Can Opener . . ., Karl S. Coplan May 2008

The Externalities Of Nuclear Power: First, Assume We Have A Can Opener . . ., Karl S. Coplan

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

The nuclear power industry has latched on to global warming as an argument for its renaissance. Although even industry proponents acknowledge that the problem of disposing of spent nuclear fuel remains unsolved, the industry routinely assumes this problem will be solved in the future. Unfortunately, this is the same assumption made by nuclear energy proponents at the beginning of the nuclear industry fifty years ago. We haven’t solved the nuclear waste problem in the past half century, and there is no reason to think we will be more likely to do so in the next one. Like the shipwrecked economist …


A Review Of Barriers To Biofuel Market Development In The United States, Karl R. Rábago Jan 2008

A Review Of Barriers To Biofuel Market Development In The United States, Karl R. Rábago

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

In recent years, biofuel markets have begun a resurgence. At one time, biofuels were the only way humanity obtained useful energy, but they were almost totally displaced by fossil fuels during the last century. Now, due to a range of drivers, they have begun a small but seemingly solid comeback. This Article reviews the remaining barriers to full commercial success for biofuels in the United States with an emphasis on transportation fuels. While recent success has been impressive, markets for transportation biofuels are hardly “self-sustaining” in the purest sense of the concept. The author does not seek to disparage the …