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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 third three-year control period took 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 remaining emissions for the three-year control period at the end of the three-year control period. The first interim control period began on January 1, 2015 and each CO2 budget source must hold allowances available for compliance deduction equal to 50 percent of their emissions by 11:59 PM ET on March 1, 2016.

The second three-year control period took effect on January 1, 2012 and extended through December 31, 2014 for the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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.

RGGI COATS provides public reports of compliance data.

To learn more about the 2015 interim control period CO2 budget source compliance process, please see the documents below.

 

2015 Interim Control Period Compliance Documents
Format Updated
Interim Compliance Checklist PDF 4/20/15
Interim Compliance Fact Sheet PDF 4/20/15
Interim Compliance FAQ PDF 4/20/15