RGGI http://nhpr.org en RGGI Prices Climb As States Institute Tighter Carbon Cap http://nhpr.org/post/rggi-prices-climb-states-institute-tighter-carbon-cap <p></p><p>The &nbsp;price power plants will pay to emit a ton of carbon reached a new high in the latest Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction.</p><p>This quarter, it cost $4 to buy the right to emit a ton of carbon dioxide; previously, the highest price was $3.51, set in 2009.</p><p>In total New England power plant operators spent nearly $94 million to comply with&nbsp; RGGI, funds which most states reinvest into energy efficiency programs.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:49:41 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 44722 at http://nhpr.org RGGI Prices Climb As States Institute Tighter Carbon Cap Push To Ramp Up Energy Efficiency Faces Hurdles Of Trust http://nhpr.org/post/push-ramp-energy-efficiency-faces-hurdles-trust <p>When it comes to investing in energy efficiency, many in New Hampshire’s clean energy sector are worried the state is falling behind the rest of the region. A recent <a href="http://aceee.org/state-policy/scorecard">national report</a> seems to bear that out. It ranks New Hampshire last in New England for efficiency policies. But efforts to ramp up the least controversial energy policy – using less – could have a hard time getting the support of the state’s business community.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:25:30 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 40717 at http://nhpr.org Push To Ramp Up Energy Efficiency Faces Hurdles Of Trust RGGI States To EPA: Let Us Regulate Power Plant Carbon http://nhpr.org/post/rggi-states-epa-let-us-regulate-power-plant-carbon <p></p><p>The nine states that are members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have written the EPA to ask that RGGI be used as a model for forthcoming national regulations on emissions from existing power plants.</p><p>The EPA has already released rules on how much carbon dioxide new power plants are allowed to emit, But the rules that will crack down on existing plants are still in the works.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 22:39:19 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 39442 at http://nhpr.org RGGI States To EPA: Let Us Regulate Power Plant Carbon Investment Firms Still Lining Up To Buy RGGI Allowances http://nhpr.org/post/investment-firms-still-lining-buy-rggi-allowances <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Results have been posted from the latest auction of allowances for emitting a ton of carbon dioxide under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or </span>RGGI<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. After rising in the first half of the year prices and demand have leveled off this quarter. The right to emit a ton of carbon sold for $2.67 this quarter.</span></p><p>That’s down nearly 17 percent from the last auction, but still substantially higher than the floor price where it had been trading for more than two years.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:42:43 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 34509 at http://nhpr.org Investment Firms Still Lining Up To Buy RGGI Allowances Senate Sends Lower RGGI Cap To Governor http://nhpr.org/post/senate-sends-lower-rggi-cap-governor <p>New Hampshire’s Senate has joined the House of Representatives and voted to ratchet down the cap on carbon dioxide restrictions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Because of the historic rise of cleaner burning natural gas, it’s been easy for&nbsp; carbon dioxide </span>RGGI’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> existing caps.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So earlier this year, the </span>RGGI<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> board asked the member states to lower those caps by 45 percent.</span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:36:48 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 28110 at http://nhpr.org Revising RGGI http://nhpr.org/post/revising-rggi <p>Under RGGI, or the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, power-plants in nine Northeastern states, including New Hampshire, have had to cap carbon emissions for the past four years.&nbsp; Now, RGGI officials want to lower the caps, making utilities tighten up more, but there’s opposition to this in New Hampshire. We look at the arguments and what may happen next!</p><p></p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p><p><strong>Grant Bosse - </strong>Lead Investigator for the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 21760 at http://nhpr.org Revising RGGI RGGI Board Recommends Big Carbon Cap Reduction http://nhpr.org/post/rggi-board-recommends-big-carbon-cap-reduction <p></p><p></p><p>The nine states that make up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative are recommending reducing the cap on power-plant carbon emissions by 45%. The New Hampshire representative on the RGGI board is Tom Burack commissioner of of the DES.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:02:14 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 21565 at http://nhpr.org RGGI Board Recommends Big Carbon Cap Reduction Lawmakers Decide to Scale-Back - But Not Repeal - RGGI http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-decide-scale-back-not-repeal-rggi <p>Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House and Senate have agreed to try to reform&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rggi.org/">RGGI &ndash; the region&rsquo;s carbon cap-and-trade program</a> &ndash; instead of trying to repeal it outright.</p><p>The bill that will go to the House and Senate for a final vote would only send around half of the RGGI fund money to <a href="http://www.puc.nh.gov/Electric/coreenergyefficiencyprograms.htm">energy efficiency programs</a>.&nbsp;The rest would be rebated to electricity rate-payers.</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 5595 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers Decide to Scale-Back - But Not Repeal - RGGI Energy Efficiency Programs Hang in the Political Balance http://nhpr.org/post/energy-efficiency-programs-hang-political-balance <p>Republican are working at finding common language on a bill that would weaken or repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI.&nbsp;They will have to agree on a version that will get enough votes to overcome a governor&rsquo;s veto. Mon, 21 May 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 5182 at http://nhpr.org Energy Efficiency Programs Hang in the Political Balance If At First You Don't Succeed... House Reconsiders RGGI Repeal http://nhpr.org/post/if-first-you-dont-succeed-house-reconsiders-rggi-repeal <p>The House is again considering a bill that would repeal the state&rsquo;s participation in the <a href="http://rggi.org/">Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI</a>, a carbon cap and trade program.</p><p>Opponents and supporters of RGGI wearily filed into the Statehouse, ready to go over the well-rehearsed talking points that they used the last time the program was on the chopping block.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:47:53 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 1883 at http://nhpr.org If At First You Don't Succeed... House Reconsiders RGGI Repeal Cutting Emissions in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states http://nhpr.org/post/cutting-emissions-northeastern-and-mid-atlantic-states <p><strong>EarthTalk&reg;<br /> E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: I understand that some Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. states have banded together to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions. Can you enlighten?&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><em>-- Bo Clifford, Cary, NC</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 1460 at http://nhpr.org Cutting Emissions in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states Reviewing RGGI in the Granite State http://nhpr.org/post/reviewing-rggi-granite-state <p>We catch up with the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative and look at two new reports that look at how important the program is to the Granite State</p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 1182 at http://nhpr.org Reviewing RGGI in the Granite State Study Shows RGGI Saves Consumers Money http://nhpr.org/post/study-shows-rggi-saves-consumers-money <p>The&nbsp;Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative faces an uncertain future in some states. New Jersey plans to end its participation and New Hampshire has considered legislation that would do the same.</p><p>But&nbsp;a new<a href="http://www.analysisgroup.com/uploadedFiles/Publishing/Articles/Economic_Impact_RGGI_Report.pdf"> analysis </a>shows the carbon dioxide cap and trade program has saved consumers money and created jobs. Under the program, power producers buy pollution allowances at auction for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit.</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 20:29:06 +0000 Amy Quinton 432 at http://nhpr.org