This regulation establishes a declining limit on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from large power plants in Massachusetts. The limit ensures that state programs, including the Clean Energy Standard, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Guide Electricity Generator Emissions Limits (310 CMR 7.74)
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The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) have re-promulgated the requirements of 310 CMR 7.74 starting on January 1, 2021, without modification at this time. Retaining the declining carbon dioxide (CO2) emission limits in 310 CMR 7.74 ensures that power plant emissions in the Commonwealth are significantly reduced over the 2020-2050 time period.
See Additional Resources below for the regulation and technical support document.
A virtual public hearing on the proposed re-promulgation was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. EEA and MassDEP accepted public comment through Friday, October 23, 2020.
Additional Resources for Re-Promulgation
310 CMR 7.74: Reducing CO2 Emissions from Electricity Generating Units was finalized in August 2017 and amended in both December 2017 and August 2018.
See 310 CMR 7.00: Air Pollution Control, which includes the current Electricity Generating Units regulation.
Additional Resources for Current Regulation
Massachusetts Carbon Allowance Registry & Auctions
The Carbon Allowance Registry tracks allowances for large power plants in Massachusetts for purposes of satisfying the requirements of 310 CMR 7.74: Reducing CO2 Emissions from Electricity Generating Facilities.
Administered by MassDEP, the Allowance Registry enables Designated Representatives to register their facilities, receive or transfer allowances, and manage their allowance holdings.
Electricity Generating Facilities may purchase allowances in Allowance Auctions. Purchased allowances can be used for compliance with 310 CMR 7.74 beginning in 2019.
See Key Actions below for access to the Allowance Registry and information about the Carbon Allowance Auctions process.
A training video on how to use the Allowance Registry system, along with related reporting and compliance forms, are available in Available Resources below.
Additional Resources for Massachusetts Carbon Allowance Registry & Auctions
Carbon Allowance Market Monitor Auction Reports
The Market Monitor provides written reports (see Additional Resources below) on the outcomes of Carbon Allowance Registry allowance auctions.
Additional Resources for Carbon Allowance Market Monitor Auction Reports
Carbon Allowance Market Monitor Quarterly Reports
The Market Monitor provides written reports (see Additional Resources below) on the allowance market, including transfers in the Carbon Allowance Registry, as well as the conduct and outcomes of allowance auctions.
Additional Resources for Carbon Allowance Market Monitor Quarterly Reports
310 CMR 7.74 was finalized in August 2017. Combined rulemaking documents for 310 CMR 7.74 and 7.75 are available here.
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) amendments to 310 CMR 7.74 developed in response to stakeholder input on the design of carbon dioxide (CO2) allowance auctions, allowance banking, and compliance flexibility took effect in August 2018.
310 CMR 7.74 was previously amended in December 2017.
In fall 2017, MassDEP and the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA) solicited stakeholder comment on auction design. MassDEP and EEA considered these comments in developing procedures for allowance auctions that will begin in 2019.