Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the nation’s first mandatory, market-based cap and trade program to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). As a participating state, Rhode Island receives CO2 allowance proceeds, which are invested in a variety of consumer benefit programs, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, direct energy bill assistance and other greenhouse gas reduction programs.

For more information on RGGI, please contact Barbara Cesaro at barbara.cesaro@energy.ri.gov.

Overview

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the nation's first mandatory, market-based cap and trade program to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the principal greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Under the program, which began in 2009, participating RGGI states - RI, CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, VT (and NJ which withdrew in 2011) - established a regional cap on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel-fired electric generating facilities, and required these power plants to possess a tradable CO2 allowance for each ton of CO2 they emit. Under RGGI, CO2 allowances are distributed through quarterly allowance auctions.

States invest the proceeds from the RGGI CO2 allowance auctions in a variety of consumer benefit programs, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, direct energy bill assistance and other greenhouse gas reduction programs. Each RGGI participating state directs its own strategy for the investment of CO2 allowance auction proceeds. The allowable use of auction proceeds in Rhode Island is governed by ยง23-82-6 of the Rhode Island General Laws. Rhode Island primarily invests CO2 allowance proceeds in energy efficiency and conservation, and renewable energy technologies.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to support development and implementation of RGGI. The Board of Directors of RGGI, Inc. is composed of agency heads of energy and environmental regulatory agencies in each RGGI state, and decisions are made by this board. In Rhode Island, the Department of Environmental Management Director and the Public Utilities Commission Commissioner are on the RGGI Inc. Board.

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RGGI Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations for the Allocation and Distribution of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Proceeds


2017-B RGGI Plan Documents

2017-B Notice of Public Comment & Hearing

2017-B Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Proposed Allocation Plan

2017-B Final Plan for the Allocation and Distribution of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Proceeds


2017-A RGGI Plan Documents

2017-A Notice of Public Comment & Hearing

2017-A Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Proposed Allocation Plan

Response to Comments

2017-A Final Plan for the Allocation and Distribution of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Proceeds


2016-B RGGI Plan Documents

2016-B Notice of Public Comment & Hearing

2016-B Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Proposed Allocation Plan

Response to Comments

2016-B Final Plan for the Allocation and Distribution of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Proceeds


2016-A RGGI Plan Documents

***ROOM CHANGE NOTICE*** 2016-A Notice of Public Comment & Hearing

2016-A Notice of Public Comment & Hearing

2016-A Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Proposed Allocation Plan

Response to Comments

2016-A Final Plan for the Allocation and Distribution of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Proceeds


2015 RGGI Plan Documents

2015 Notice of Public Comment & Hearing for 2015 Plan

2015 Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Proposed Allocation Plan

2015 RGGI Allocation Plan Final


2014 RGGI Plan Documents

2014 Notice of Public Comment & Hearing for 2014 Plan

2014 RGGI Response to Comments

2014 Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Proposed Allocation Plan

2014 RGGI Allocation Plan Final


Letters of Support

RI Department of Transportation

New England Clean Energy Council

Block Island Power Company

Pascoag Utility District


2013 RGGI Plan Documents

Notice of Public Comment & Hearing for 2013 Plan

Response to Comments - 2013 Allocation Plan

Annual RGGI Allocation Plan 2013


2012 RGGI Plan Documents

Rhode Island Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Annual Report - 2012

2012 Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Allocation Plan


2013 – 2015 RGGI Proceeds Reports

RGGI Auction Proceeds Report