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1L Legal Intern, Clean Energy Summer 2018 This intern will contribute to policy and legal initiatives in the New York City Office under the auspices of Clean Energy Program. Will perform research and analysis on topics of critical importance, and communicate findings effectively. Electric utilities are poised to invest up to $2 trillion in infrastructure over the next two decades to modernize our aging, inefficient energy infrastructure, creating a once-in-a-century opportunity to revolutionize how we generate, distribute and use electricity. Environmental Defense Fund’s Clean Energy experts are working with state public utility commissions, utilities, policymakers and other key stakeholders to seize this opportunity to modernize our antiquated electricity grid and spur investments in and break down the regulatory and financial barriers to broad-scale adoption of renewable energy, energy efficiency and other innovative ways to generate and use energy. Primary focus is expected to be clean energy initiatives in the state of New York. Policy and legal initiatives of importance during the relevant time frame may include, for example, proceedings at the New York State Public Service Commission, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, or involving New York State Energy Research and development Authority or other New York State regulatory agencies, or negotiations in various fora, relating to utility company business models and regulatory structures, market innovations, state-level greenhouse gas regulation approaches, and incentive structures for clean energy projects to be undertaken by utility or non-utility parties. In addition, the intern may perform research and analysis relevant to the promulgation of innovative clean energy finance programs through legislation or regulation. Previous interns have researched, written, and presented legal and policy documents to support federal court litigation, administrative litigation, national and state regulatory proceedings, and various policy venues. For example, research activities have supported: development of legislation to make penalties for oil pollution available for coastal restoration; federal district court litigation over cap-and-trade programs, low carbon fuel standards, and electric transmission planning and wholesale electric markets; recommendations to be made to the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to expedite the construction of diversion projects needed for coastal restoration; and FERC proposals pertaining to electric transmission system and wholesale market design. Law students who will have completed their first year of law school are preferred. Should have excellent research, analytical, writing and advocacy skills with the ability to think strategically and work on fast-paced, dynamic issues.
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