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Jessica Wentz Associate  Director and Fellow On March 14, the New York State Senate released a FY 2017 budget proposal that would divert $138 million from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction proceeds to the state budget, including $23 million to the general fund, $100 million to subsidize the operations of certain nuclear power […]

by Shelley Welton, Deputy Director On December 2nd, commissioners, secretaries and directors of environmental and energy agencies from states within the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) filed comments to EPA on the agency’s forthcoming regulations for greenhouse gases from existing power plants.  RGGI is understandably anxious that the work its participating states have put into […]

On August 21, CCCL released a new white paper that evaluates the legal workability and constitutionality of regulating imports into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or “RGGI” (for background on RGGI, the Northeastern states’ cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide, see prior posts). RGGI is currently in an exciting period of reform.  In February 2013, participating […]

by Shelley Welton On February 7, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative released a new Model Rule that memorializes several important recommendations coming out of its 2012 review process. Most significantly, the new Model Rule calls for a major readjustment to the regional emissions cap, lowering the 2014 cap by 45% (from 165 million tons to […]

by Shelley Welton On Wednesday, January 10, 2013, Governor Cuomo gave his state-of-the-state message. Much of the message was devoted to examining how the state can recover and learn from Superstorm Sandy. Encouragingly, the governor recognizes that strengthening initiatives to combat climate change is a critical part of the state’s response to rising, warming seas […]

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has benefited the economy of participating states but achieved only modest reductions in greenhouse gas reductions, according to a panel of energy experts convened at Columbia Law School last night.  To achieve greater reductions, RGGI should adopt a stricter carbon cap at its three-year program review. “By just about […]

By Irene Shulman, Intern On Tuesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. McNamara in Albany County dismissed a lawsuit filed in June 2011 by three members of Americans For Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group, that challenged New York’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap and trade program. The suit, Thrun […]

by Shelley Welton, Deputy Director & Fellow As I blogged about last October, the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is currently undergoing its 2012 program review. This review will look at many aspects of the program’s design and functioning, with the aim of determining whether major reforms are necessary after several years of learning […]

By Julia Ciardullo Fellow On May 26, 2011, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that New Jersey will withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”) by the end of the year.  RGGI is a regional cap-and-trade system encompassing 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.[1] Governor Christie’s authority to withdraw arises from the Memorandum of Understanding […]

By Danielle Sugarman Fellow On Wednesday May 11, 2011 the New Hampshire State Senate voted to remain in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  The move followed months of speculation after the passage of House Bill 519 in February, in which the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to withdraw the state from the emissions […]

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