AQ 31, 32: Retail Seller of Electricity Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

All retail sellers are required to annually report GHG emissions they release from generating the power they sell. There is also an optional report for municipal retail sellers that choose to account for ownership and/or use of certain generation sources.

MassDEP Retail Sellers of Electricity Contact

The Details of AQ 31, 32: Retail Seller of Electricity Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

How to submit AQ 31, 32: Retail Seller of Electricity Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

Email your completed, signed form(s) in PDF format, spreadsheet(s) in Microsoft Excel or equivalent format (showing calculations), and any supporting material(s), as appropriate, to:

sue.ann.richardson@mass.gov

Send your completed and signed form(s) and any supporting material(s) to:

MassDEP Bureau of Air & Waste
Retail Seller of Electricity Reporting
One Winter Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Attn: Sue Ann Richardson

Next steps for AQ 31, 32: Retail Seller of Electricity Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

  1. What to Know

    A Retail Seller of Electricity is:

    There are three types of GHG emissions reporting that apply to Retail Sellers of Electricity in Massachusetts:

    • The GHG Tab of the RPS/APS/CES Workbook (Mandatory for Competitive Suppliers & Electric Utilities): To account for megawatt hours (MWh) and GHG emissions from generation sources, consistent with the Clean Energy Standard. See Annual Compliance Information for Retail Electric Suppliers for the workbook and instructions.
    • AQ 31 (Optional for Municipal Retail Sellers): To account for the ownership and/or use of generation sources in reporting GHG emissions.
    • AQ 32 (Mandatory for All Retail Sellers): To report to MassDEP annually on the GHG emissions they release from generating the power sold.

    Each retail seller's GHG emissions are calculated by multiplying MWh supplied to customers in a particular year by GHG emission factors that MassDEP updates annually after issuing draft factors for public and stakeholder comment.

    Retail Sellers need to report their GHG emissions within one month of the agency publishing final emission factors on its web site.

  2. Review the Instructions

  3. Prepare Your Report(s)

    When preparing the AQ 31 Optional and/or AQ 32 Mandatory GHG reports, you will also need to complete and submit the applicable year's spreadsheet(s), showing your calculations.

    Notes:

    1. You may fill out and save the Microsoft Word forms and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets on your computer. The PDF versions of the forms need to be printed out and completed by hand.
    2. For guidance on how to complete and submit the GHG tab of the RPS/APS/CES Workbook, see: Annual Compliance Information for Retail Electric Suppliers
  4. Submit Your Report(s) to MassDEP

    Email your completed, signed form(s) in PDF format, spreadsheet(s) in Microsoft Excel or equivalent format (showing calculations), and any supporting material(s), as appropriate, to:

    sue.ann.richardson@mass.gov

    OR

    Mail your completed and signed form(s), spreadsheet(s), and any supporting material(s) to:

    MassDEP Bureau of Air & Waste
    Retail Seller of Electricity Reporting
    One Winter Street, 6th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108

    Attn: Sue Ann Richardson

Contact for AQ 31, 32: Retail Seller of Electricity Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

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