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Each RGGI State's environmental regulatory agency uses RGGI COATS to determine compliance with state CO2 Budget Trading Program regulations.

As of January 1, 2009, under each RGGI State's CO2 Budget Trading Program, sources are required to possess CO2 allowances equal to their CO2 emissions over a three-year control period. A CO2 allowance represents a limited authorization to emit one ton of CO2, as issued by a respective State.

The first three-year control period took effect on January 1, 2009 and extended through December 31, 2011 for the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The deadline for CO2 budget sources to provide CO2 allowances for compliance and to certify compliance for the first control period was 11:59 PM ET on March 1, 2012.

The second three-year control period took effect on January 1, 2012 and extends through December 31, 2014 for the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The deadline for CO2 budget sources to provide CO2 allowances for compliance and to certify compliance for the second control period is March 1, 2015.

The third three-year control period will take effect on January 1, 2015 and extends through December 31, 2017 for the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. 

Starting in the third control period each CO2 budget source must hold allowances equal to 50 percent of their emissions during each Interim Control Period (the first two calendar years of each three-year control period). Each CO2 budget source must hold  allowances equal to 100 percent of their emissions for the three-year control period at the end of the control period.

RGGI COATS provides public reports of compliance data.

To learn more about the First Control Period CO2 budget source compliance process, please see the documents below.

 

First Control Period Compliance Documents
Format Updated
Compliance Frequently Asked Questions PDF 2/27/12
Compliance Fact Sheet PDF 5/25/12
RGGI Compliance Checklist PDF 5/25/12
Summary of Compliance Clarifications PDF 5/25/12
Compliance Summary Report    

 

First Control Period Compliance Webinar Materials (October 4, 2011) Format Updated
Recorded Webinar Presentation MP4 10/6/11
RGGI Compliance Webinar Presentation Slides PDF 5/25/12
Compliance Webinar Announcement PDF 10/1/11