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US Carbon Pricing Roundup for week ending May 10

Published 22:06 on May 10, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:06 on May 10, 2019  /  Americas, US  /  No Comments

A summary of legislative and regulatory action on carbon pricing and clean energy at the US subnational level taken this week, including New York adopting regulations to eliminate coal power next year, California’s governor proposing a study to limit fossil fuel supply, and Washington’s governor endorsing a suite of climate policies.

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ANALYSIS: California offset prices still lagging behind allowance run on lower demand

Published 22:01 on May 10, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:10 on May 10, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, US  /  No Comments

California Carbon Offset (CCO) prices are continuing to lag behind the recent bull run in the California Carbon Allowance (CCA) market, but some believe that trend could change if permit prices keep outpacing historic norms.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: How carbon markets can boost biodiversity and slow climate change

Published 15:35 on May 10, 2019  /  Last updated at 15:35 on May 10, 2019  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

We must take advantage of natural climate solutions if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Yet setbacks – such as an incomplete Paris Rulebook – have raised concerns amongst stakeholders, worried that without UN guidance on carbon markets, they cannot confidently scale up the required policies and programs. The Nature Conservancy has released a new guide that highlights why many are already taking action to make use of markets in funding NCS, and how businesses can thoughtfully take similar steps today amidst a developing regulatory landscape.

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NA Markets: California allowances retrace following auction deadline, RGGI inches up

Published 22:09 on May 9, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:09 on May 9, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, US  /  No Comments

California Carbon Allowance (CCA) prices dipped on the secondary market after the May auction bid guarantee deadline passed last week, while RGGI allowances (RGAs) saw an incremental price uptick amid increased buying.

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RGGI transacted volume slides in Q1 2019 as top firms increase holdings -report

Published 21:45 on May 9, 2019  /  Last updated at 21:45 on May 9, 2019  /  Americas, US  /  No Comments

Secondary market activity in the northeast US RGGI ETS declined during the first quarter of 2019 as the largest firms gained a bigger share of net short and long positions, according to a report published Thursday.

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US EPA rejects argument for halt to 2018 biofuel credit waivers

Published 18:49 on May 9, 2019  /  Last updated at 18:49 on May 9, 2019  /  Americas, RINs & LCFS, US  /  No Comments

A US federal appeals court should not accept a biofuel trade group’s motion to temporarily halt compliance waivers under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) because its argument is untimely and lacks merit, the EPA said in a court filing this week.

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US lawmakers release proposal for national renewable energy credit market, decarbonised power sector

Published 22:39 on May 8, 2019  /  Last updated at 12:35 on May 9, 2019  /  Americas, US  /  No Comments

Two US legislators unveiled a proposal on Wednesday to implement a federal Clean Energy Standard with an accompanying credit trading programme as they seek to almost fully decarbonise the country’s electricity sector by 2050.

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California legislators ask ARB to conduct review of forestry offset protocol amid leakage concerns

Published 21:57 on May 8, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:46 on May 8, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, US  /  No Comments

California legislators have called on regulator ARB to undertake an independent review of the state’s cap-and-trade forestry offset protocol, amid concerns raised by an academic report that the protocol inflates emission reductions due to lenient leakage assumptions, according to a letter seen by Carbon Pulse.

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California issues 1.2 mln offsets as forestry supply increases

Published 21:48 on May 8, 2019  /  Last updated at 21:48 on May 8, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

California regulator ARB granted 1.2 million California Carbon Offsets (CCOs) this week, reversing a recent trend of issuances below the 1-mln mark, according to state data.

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PJM targeting late summer for electricity market carbon pricing study

Published 17:54 on May 8, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:41 on May 8, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, US  /  No Comments

US regional grid operator PJM is aiming to release a study on incorporating a CO2 charge into the wholesale power market by the end of the summer, coming after a committee recently endorsed utility requests to conduct analyses on the topic.

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