in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, D-Del., has signed Senate Bill 263, authorizing the state to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based program designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fossil-fuel-fired power plants. The program includes nine other mid-Atlantic and northeastern states.

The legislation establishes the framework for Delaware's program and authorizes the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to adopt regulations to fully implement the law. The 10-state initiative begins Jan. 1, 2009.

"As a coastal state, we are at great risk from the effects of climate change and rising sea levels," says Minner. "Many other states are learning from the RGGI model, and I am pleased that Delaware can now be a part of this historic program to begin to seriously address the challenges presented by GHG emissions and their impacts."

Under the program, fossil fuel power plants must purchase credits equal to the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions they produce. One credit is equivalent to one ton of CO2. Each participating state will receive an allocation of credits based on an average of emissions from regulated power plants (25 MW or larger). RGGI states will hold regular auctions allowing power plant operators to purchase credits needed.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. Minner


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Renewables Make Up Over 50% Of New U.S. Power In First Half Of 2014

According to a recent government report, renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, continue to dominate new electric generating capacity.


Suzlon Facility Lends Key Assist In Developing 'The Wind Technicians Of Tomorrow'

The turbine manufacturer’s Elgin, Ill.-based training facility is the culmination of a program that puts a new twist on a proven method of instruction.


Having Their Say: CanWEA Clarifies True Source Of Canadian Wind Success

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) takes issue with a recent report summary regarding various renewable energy policies in North America.


FWS Issues Landmark Eagle Take Permit: What Does It Mean For Wind Projects?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) recent decision has far-ranging implications for operating wind farms, as well as for those under development.


'Significant' Opportunity Exists Within Wind Energy's O&M Services Market

An increasing number of wind turbines are nearing the end of their warranty period, creating significant revenue-generating opportunities within the wind turbine operations and maintenance (O&M) sector.

Navigant_id1983
Renewable NRG_id1934