The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) proposed amendments to 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 7.70 The Massachusetts Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Budget Trading Program, to allow power plants, which produce thermal energy (steam), to deduct associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their compliance obligation.

More specifically, the existing 310 CMR 7.70 regulation requires all power plants, rated at more than 25 megawatts (MW), to report their total CO2 emissions to MassDEP under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  Such power plants are also required to purchase a CO2 allowance for each ton of CO2 emitted.  The amendments proposed to 310 CMR 7.70 allow any CO2 Budget Source, that is a Combined Heat and Power CO2 Budget Source, to deduct from their compliance obligation any CO2 emissions associated with the production of useful net thermal energy.

The details of proposed regulations can be found here.

Written comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted via email, or mailed to the attention of William Lamkin, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air and Waste, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108.  Comments must be received no later than 5:00 PM, September 22, 2016.