Bloomberg BNA: Carbon cap proposal reflects nine states’ compromise

August 23, 2017

A proposal to raise the carbon emissions cap for Northeastern electricity generators marks a compromise between states with aggressive climate-change goals, such as Massachusetts and New York, and more conservative states such as Maine and New Hampshire.

The nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative unveiled a long-awaited proposal on August 23, 2017, that called for reducing the cap by 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2020 levels. The RGGI emissions cap would be lowered from 75 million tons of carbon in the nine-state region in 2021 to 54.6 million tons in 2030. The program includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The RGGI proposal was applauded by some environmental groups who have been critical of the Trump administration’s climate policies.

“This agreement of bipartisan states in a new phase of RGGI demonstrates states’ commitment to a clean energy future despite setbacks at the federal level,” said Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center.

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