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Energy Efficiency and Conservation: New Legal Tools and Opportunities


John C. Dernbach


Widener University - School of Law

Robert B. McKinstry Jr.


Ballard Spahr LLP

Darin Lowder


Ballard Spahr LLP

February 21, 2011

Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-06

Abstract:     
Many new and ambitious energy efficiency and conservation laws are being enacted at all levels of government - and with greater financial incentives than provided previously. These innovations are intended to overcome or minimize market barriers such as principal-agent problems, information and transaction costs, high internal discount rates, and up-front capital needs that discourage cost-saving investments. Innovations such as public-private partnerships also require significant legal input and creativity for the client to reap the often remarkably large energy and cost savings. This article reviews a range of these tools, especially financial legal mechanisms, that could help significantly reduce U.S. energy consumption.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: energy efficiency, energy conservation, climate change, sustainable development, sustainability, energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, taxation, tax credit, tax deduction

JEL Classification: K10, K20, K29, K32, K33, Q20, Q21, Q28, Q30, Q31, Q38, Q40, Q41, Q43, Q48, Q54, Q58, Q01

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Date posted: February 22, 2011 ; Last revised: April 12, 2013

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Dernbach, John C. and McKinstry, Robert B. and Lowder, Darin, Energy Efficiency and Conservation: New Legal Tools and Opportunities (February 21, 2011). Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-06. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1766089 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1766089

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John C. Dernbach (Contact Author)
Widener University - School of Law ( email )
3800 Vartan Way
P.O. Box 69382
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United States
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Robert B. McKinstry Jr.
Ballard Spahr LLP ( email )
1735 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States
215-864-8208 (Phone)
215-864-8999 (Fax)
Darin Lowder
Ballard Spahr LLP ( email )
Ballard Spahr LLP
601 13th Street NW Suite 1000S
Washington, DC 20005
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.ballardspahr.com/people/attorneys/lowderdarin.aspx
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