Department of Environmental Protection


Air Quality, Energy & Sustainability

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

Question--Who does the rule apply to?

Answer All existing and future fossil fuel-fired unit that, at any time on or after January 1, 2005, served or serves an electric generator with a nameplate capacity equal to or greater than 25 megawatts.

Question--How does a CO2 budget source apply for the program?

Answer The CO2 budget source’s Title V operating permit must contain all applicable requirements of the CO2 budget program, including monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting. These requirements must be incorporated by the following deadlines:
  • For existing facilities with approved preconstruction permits but no operating permit, on or before January 1, 2020.
  • For future facilities, no later than 12 months before construction commences.

For more information about RGGI air permitting requirements,check RGGI Implementation in Air Permitting below.

RGGI Facilities

Find RGGI Facilities

RGGI Mapping Tool User friendly, GIS-based mapping application

This interactive web-based mapping application shows the electric generating units regulated under RGGI in New Jersey and provides information on annual generation, operating time, and carbon dioxide emissions.

Read More - NJDEP Bureau of GIS

RGGI Implementation in Air Permitting


Consistent with N.J.A.C. 7:27C-3.3, a CO2 budget source must submit NJ03-APPLICATION FOR ADDING A CO2 BUDGET SOURCE IN OPERATING PERMIT, along with a complete application for a new, renewed, or modified operating permit


Consistent with N.J.A.C. 7:27C-4.1, a Compliance Certification must be submitted for the CO2 budget source and each CO2 budget unit at the source by the March 1 following the relevant control period or initial control period (no required during an interim control period).


Consistent with N.J.A.C. 7:27C-8, the CO2 budget source and each CO2 budget unit at the source must comply with the monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements of the CO2 Budget Trading Program at N.J.A.C. 7:27C, as applicable. Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:27-22.28, the Department will incorporate these requirements into the facility’s operating permit using the Compliance Plan Template.

CO2 Budget Trading Program Rules

Question-- Who will manage the RGGI program?

Answer The Department’s Air Program will review and approve all permit applications and revisions.  The Department’s Bureau of Energy and Sustainability will coordinate with RGGI, Inc. on auction requirements and monitoring, and distribution of the RGGI proceeds.

To learn more about the RGGI proceeds

Question-- Will I need to do anything else to get ready for the first auction New Jersey participates in?

Answer New Jersey RGGI CO2 budget sources will need to do a number of things moving forward to make sure they can participate in New Jersey’s first auction. First, they will need to download and submit the “RGGI Certificate of Representation Form” to the U.S. EPA. (The form can be found on the EPA’s Clean Air Markets website by navigating to the “Forms” tab.) Note that CO2 budget sources should not submit this form to EPA until notified to do so by New Jersey state representatives. Once a CO2 budget source has been notified and has submitted the “RGGI Certificate of Representation Form” to EPA and its data is available in RGGI CO2 Allowance Tracking System or RGGI COATS (the RGGI specific tracking system for compliance), the designated representatives of the CO2 budget source will receive an email to complete user access to RGGI COATS. This site will be updated to address other RGGI auction related tasks as that information becomes available. To learn more about RGGI COATS, visit

To learn more about the RGGI proceeds

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