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)
Note: MassDEP has proposed amendments to these regulations. See them here.
310 CMR 7.74: Reducing CO2 Emissions from Electricity Generating Units was finalized in August 2017 and amended in December 2017.
See 310 CMR 7.00: Air Pollution Control, which includes the current Electricity Generating Units regulation.
Key Actions for Current Regulation
In fall 2017, MassDEP and the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA) solicited stakeholder comment on auction design. MassDEP and EEA will consider these comments as they develop procedures in preparation for allowance auctions that will begin in 2019.
MassDEP proposed amendments to 310 CMR 7.74: Reducing CO2 Emissions from Electricity Generating Units on April 6, 2018. The agency will hold a public hearing on May 3, 2018, in Boston, and accept public comment through May 14, 2018.
310 CMR 7.74 was finalized in August 2017. Combined rulemaking documents for 310 CMR 7.74 and 7.75 are available here. 310 CMR 7.74 was subsequently amended in December 2017.
Forms needed to comply with 310 CMR 7.74 are available below. To access the electronic allowance registry currently under development, facilities will need to mail a notarized Certification of Representation to:
MassDEP Bureau of Air & Waste
One Winter Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Attn: Will Space