2019 – Support for the Kigali Amendment – Companies and higher education institutions call for a global phase down of ‘super pollutant’ hydrofluorocarbons – Ceres and Second Nature garnered support from companies and higher education institutions who lent their voices calling on President Trump and his administration to back—and the U.S. Senate to ratify—the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which sets the stage for the global phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
2018 – Transportation Climate Initiative – Working with Ceres, 20 signatory presidents and chancellors from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States joined the business community urging state representatives to support the transition to a clean transportation future to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support increased regional collaboration in the development of those policies.
2018 – Grid Modernization – Many signatories contributed feedback on principles for “Grid Modernization” a term that can include pathways to decarbonization or can be misused in pursuit of projects or funding that do not enable a cleaner, more efficient, modern grid.
2018 – Colorado Advanced Clean Car Standards – Colorado signatories were invited to comment on the rule making to include the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program and Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards into Colorado’s Advanced Clean Car Standards.
2018 – Virginia Energy Plan – Second Nature and Ceres organized a sign-on letter for businesses, universities, and healthcare institutions with operations throughout Virginia to demonstrate that a large and diverse portion of Virginia’s economy encourages the state to prioritize the transition to a low-carbon economy.
2017 – Continued Support for PA Act 129 – Second Nature partnered with the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and reached out to signatories in Pennsylvania on PA Act 129, a bill to create new requirements for electric distribution companies to reduce energy consumption and demand.
2016/2017 – Fighting for REC Retention Rights in New York State – Second Nature worked with a number of New York state entities and campuses to oppose NYSERDA’s proposal to include all of the REC’s of on-site renewable energy projects as available to electric utilities and other load serving entities (LSE’s). Second Nature and others argued that on-site solar, wind and other renewable energy projects were privately undertaken by corporations, universities and municipalities as part of their voluntary commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. A key legal requirement for these companies to claim the “greenness” of their carbon reduction efforts is ownership of the project’s environmental attributes. The attributes are recognized through issuance of Renewable Energy Certificates. CORE argued that NYSERDA’s proposal to take away the REC’s would have a chilling effect on private investment in New York. In March 2017 the NYS Public Service Commission issued the Order on Net Energy Metering Transition, Phase One of Value of Distributed Energy Resources, and Related Matters which included determinations on the REC issue for existing projects as well as for projects moving forward under the new tariff. It appears that there are options for customer retention of RECs in all scenarios, and Tier 1 or voluntary REC market eligibility in some scenarios.