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The Treatment of Renewable Energy Certificates, Emissions Allowances, and Green Power Programs in State Renewables Portfolio Standards

DescriptionThis report summarizes the treatment of renewable energy attributes in state RPS rules. Its purpose is to provide a source of information for states considering RPS policies, and also to draw attention to certain policy issues that arise when renewable attributes and RECs are used for RPS compliance. Three specific issues are addressed: (1) the degree to which unbundled RECs are allowed under existing state RPS programs and the status of systems to track RECs and renewable energy attributes; (2) definitions of the renewable energy attributes that must be included in order to meet state RPS obligations, including the treatment of available emissions allowances; and (3) state policies on whether renewable energy or RECs sold through voluntary green power transactions may count towards RPS obligations.
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Product TypeReport/Plans
Num of Pages38
Document SizePDF 293 KB
First Received1/4/2012 3:01:29 PM
Program NameEnergy Analysis
Keywordsstate RPS policies; renewable energy; RPS compliance
Print Date4/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
Product ID5447
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