RGGI Comments on EPA Rules

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency December 2 on its upcoming greenhouse gas regulations. The comments urged the agency to mimic the initiative’s efforts, allowing states to comply on a regional and multiyear basis. The rules should take a wide approach and allow efforts like energy efficiency and renewable energy.

NY Court Upholds RGGI Authority

The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department, ruled December 5 that the state had the authority to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Three ratepayers, supported by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said the state joined the initiative without legislative or statutory approval. The court said the plaintiffs’ allegations were either moot or time-barred.

New England Energy MOU.

The six New England governors signed a memorandum of understanding on December 5, agreeing to promote clean and reliable energy in the region. The memorandum said there is a need for cooperative investments in electric transmission, energy efficiency, natural gas pipelines, and renewable energy. States represented by the MOU are CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT.

RGGI Auction Held

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative announced December 6 that its auction held two days prior sold 38.3 million carbon allowances at $3 each, raising $115 million. 38 bidders participated in the auction which had the second highest allowance price in more than four years. The next RGGI auction will be held March 5.

NY Sun Competitive PV Program Funding Announced

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced December 6 the availability of $30 million in New York Sun Competitive Photovoltaic (PV) Program funding. Eligible PV and renewable biogas-fueled electric generation projects must be larger than 200kW and New York Independent System Operator load zones G&H and I&J. Approved applicants will be competitively selected based on their incentive bid in dollars per kilowatt hour. Projects must be operational by April 30, 2015.