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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in New Jersey.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is part of Governor Murphy's goal to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050. Shifting to clean and renewable energy sources reduces greenhouse gas emissions that are already causing climate impacts in New Jersey, particularly in economically disadvantaged communities.

RGGI Mapping Tool
User friendly, GIS-based mapping application

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the first mandatory market-based program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI is a cooperative effort among the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Jersey to cap and reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector.

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. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a collaborative among several states.

Partnership to Plug-inMemorandum of Understanding (MOU)

On June 3, 2019, Governor Murphy announced the New Jersey Partnership to Plug-in, a first-of-its-kind, statewide partnership to build out the necessary infrastructure to support electric vehicles in New Jersey. The Partnership aligns state agency roles through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that requires the goals of the partnership be incorporated in the RGGI Strategic Funding Plan, and directs the Agencies to use the RGGI funds, to extent authorized by law and regulation, to further the MOU goals.

New Jersey In RGGI

NJ in RGGI

New Jersey has a long history with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). In 2005, New Jersey was one of the founding members of RGGI and in 2008 the Global Warming Solutions Fund Act authorized the State of New Jersey to implement a market-based CO2 emissions trading program, such as RGGI. Governor Murphy put New Jersey back on the path to rejoining RGGI, by signing Executive Order 7 (EO 7) directing the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Board of Public Utilities to take all necessary regulatory and administrative measures to ensure New Jersey’s timely return to full participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). In addition, Governor Murphy sent a letter on February 16, 2018 to the RGGI states notifying them of New Jersey's intent to rejoin RGGI "as a partner in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving the health of residents, and growing the economy in our region." New Jersey formally rejoined RGGI on June 17, 2019.

RGGI States Have Realized Significant Reduction in Emissions & Costs

RGGI member states have realized numerous benefits including a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and a decrease in electricity prices and have invested over $1.77 billion in RGGI proceeds in energy and consumer programs.

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About RGGI

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a multi-state, market-based program that establishes a regional cap on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and requires fossil fuel power plants with a capacity greater than 25 megawatts (MW) to obtain an allowance for each ton of CO2 emitted annually. Power plants may comply by purchasing allowances from quarterly auctions, other generators within RGGI, or through projects that offset CO2 emissions. States use the proceeds from the CO2 allowance auctions to invest in strategic programs to help further reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas pollution, spur clean and renewable energy, and provide rate relief on energy bills. Currently, nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states participate in RGGI to limit greenhouse gas emissions generated by fossil fuel-fired power plants. Launched in 2005, RGGI was the first mandatory greenhouse gas "cap-and-trade" program in the United States. To learn more about RGGI visit: https://www.rggi.org/.

Stay in the know on RGGI

Interested in the Strategic Funding Plan development, join our RGGI funding listserv for periodic updates. This Listserv will not provide air quality alerts, please sign up for those at www.enviroflash.info/signup.cfm.

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If you are an entity regulated under RGGI, join our Regulated Entities Listserv for periodic updates. This Listserv will not provide air quality alerts, please sign up for those at www.enviroflash.info/signup.cfm.

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