Paper Published on the Long-Term Macroeconomic Effects of Climate Change

The National Bureau of Economic Research has published a paper using researchers from the University of Southern California, University of Cambridge, International Monetary Fund and National Tsing Hua University that projects how climate change will affect the economy. The paper predicts that if no action is taken to mitigate the issue, it would reduce global GDP per capita by 7.2% by 2100. The paper also notes that the Paris climate accord's goals would help alleviate the negative economic effects from climate change with the U.S. economy only losing 1.88% of its GDP by 2100 if targets are met.

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EPA Releases Report on Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report to help state and local governments quantify the health benefits of existing or planned energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. It does so by providing benefits per kilowatt-hour (BPK) values that can be a part of a preliminary analysis to determine the impact of a variety of policy scenarios. The full report, that was prepared by the State and Local Energy and Environment Program within the Climate Protection Partnerships Division of EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs, can be viewed here.

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Washington, DC Amending Energy Conservation Code

Washington, DC has released a second notice of proposed rulemaking, outlining an energy conservation code supplement. The District of Columbia currently has adopted ASHRAE 90.1-2013. The supplemental makes some amendments to the code. Comments are due by the end of August.

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DOE Publishes Data to be Used for the 'Process Rule'

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) pertaining to the “Process Rule.” The data published will be used by DOE to determine the energy savings threshold for setting energy conservation standards for consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NODA no later than August 30, 2019. Click here for more information.