News - Kate Konschnik
In 2018, Canada finalized regulations to reduce methane emissions from upstream oil and natural gas facilities, some provisions of which went into effect in January 2020. In an analysis of Canada's new rules for the International Energy Agency, Kate Konschnik and IEA's Frances Reuland write that action to reduce methane emissions is one of the most cost-effective options to reduce global emissions and an essential complement to efforts to bring down emissions of carbon dioxide.
The Duke University Provost’s Office has awarded Intellectual Community Planning Grants for the 2020 calendar year to 10 groups, including one interdisciplinary team with Kate Konschnik.
With a Democratic Legislature to back him, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) could have a more bullish climate agenda, said Kate Konschnik, director of the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's decision to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is significant because it marks the largest expansion since the inception of the decade-old carbon market, which would now include all of the Mid-Atlantic states and the Northeast, reports NJ Spotlight. “As one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the country, Pennsylvania’s action will have a real impact on the fight against climate change," said Tim Profeta.
Pennsylvania's participation would expand the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative at a time when the Trump administration has reversed actions to curb emissions, reports StateImpact Pennsylvania. “This is a game changer, for a top energy producer like Pennsylvania to take this big step toward a cleaner future,” said Kate Konschnik.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered regulators to come up with a plan by July 31 to regulate emissions from power plants and establish rules that would allow the state to participate in a multi-state carbon market called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Kate Konschnik told Bloomberg News that the move represents "a very big actor coming to the table."
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf today initiated a process for his state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions from the power sector in New England and Mid-Atlantic states. Pennsylvania ranks third nationally in electricity production and fourth in carbon dioxide emissions, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Regulating methane emissions will not only support the future competitiveness of the Canadian oil and gas sector but it will also provide real societal benefits and economic value, write Sarah Marie Jordaan and Kate Konschnik in an op-ed for The Globe and Mail.
The New Republic reports that the massive Aliso Canyon storage field, which contained more than 110 underground wells, is just a small part of America’s much larger natural gas infrastructure. Approximately 15,000 such wells are active across the United States, and nearly half of them are concentrated in six states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, New York, and California.