MA Finalizes RGGI Model Rule

Massachusetts announced December 8 that it had finalized implementation regulations for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative model rule on a 45 percent reduction for the emissions cap. The state created a cost containment reserve of allowances. CT, ME, and NH have already implemented the rule.

Federal Court on VT Generating Tax

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously ruled December 10 that the Vermont Electrical Energy Generating Tax, aimed at facilities that produce over 200 megawatts of power, is a tax. As a result, the federal court is limited in addressing the tax. Entergy had filed a suit against the state, saying the tax violated the Commerce, Equal Protection, and Supremacy Clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

CA Truck Standards Align with Federal Regs

The California Air Resources Board approved regulations December 12 to reduce CO2 emissions from new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to match federal 2011 GHG emissions and fuel economy standards. The new standards apply to 2014 through 2019 model year engines, thus reducing statewide emissions 7.2 percent by 2020 and 12.5 percent by 2035.