Allocation of Greenhouse Gas Allowances in the United States – A Northeastern Example
To date, 10 northeastern states have committed themselves to participating, and each state is currently developing laws and regulations to implement RGGI. The allocation of allowances, which is a controversially debated issue under the European Emission Trading Scheme, is once more proving to be one of the major challenges when introducing an emissions trading scheme. Six RGGI states have stated their intention to auction 100% of the allowances,and Massachusetts is the first state to develop draft regulations specific to an auction.
As RGGI continues to evolve, the international community should pay close attention to the decisions that these northeastern states make individually or jointly, as they may not only influence the regional,but also a possible future federal trading system. Furthermore,as the international regime continues to evolve, mandatory cap-and-trade programs in the U.S. – either regionally or nationally – could potentially be an important part of a future international carbon market.
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Keywords: Emissions trading, climate change, Transatlantic, U.S., State, subnational, initiatives, America, policy
Citation: Bausch, Camilla and Sandra Cavalieri 2007: “Allocation of Greenhouse Gas Allowances in the United States - A Northeastern Example”. Carbon & Climate Law Review, Vol. 2007, No. 2, 129-138.
Authors: Camilla Bausch, Sandra Cavalieri
Published in: Carbon & Climate Law Review
Publisher: The legal publisher Lexxion
Place (of publisher): Berlin, Germany
Reference type: Journal Article
Price: € 16,05
Table of contents:
The Establishment of RGGI
II.Massachusetts as a Participant in the RGGI CO2 Budget Trading Program
Development of RGGI Regulations in Massachusetts
III.Allocating Emission Allowances
Auctioning – Choosing the Right Mechanism
2. Auctioning in Massachusetts
a. What to Do with all the Money? – Auction
Proceeds in Massachusetts