News 27 Jul. 2021

Curtis Provides Pro Bono Support For Development of Model Laws to Address Climate Change

Curtis has joined 20 other law firms providing pro bono services to support the work of the Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization Project at the Sabin Center for Climate Change at Columbia University Law School. Working with its pro bono partners, the LPDD Project has developed over 2,000 model federal, state, and local laws, and related analyses, to facilitate efforts to decarbonize various facets of the U.S. economy. Most recently, Partner Charlie Howland, chair of Curtis' Environmental group, worked with Curtis 2020 summer associate Karl Pielmeir to write an introduction for, and peer review, a summary of how each of the 49 states and the District of Columbia define “public utility,” which in turn impacts the economics and technical requirements of various new ‘grid edge’ resources in each state, including renewable generation, battery storage, and microgrids.

Information about the LPDD project generally is here and here; and about the summary of different states’ definition of ‘public utility’ is here.

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