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  • January 20, 2020 2:54 PM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    M-RETS announces that it now accepts exports from ERCOT! M-RETS supports open and transparent markets. If your current system does not have import/export with M-RETS, please contact them and ask them to establish a connection.

    The rules governing the Texas Renewable Energy Credit Trading Program do not provide a directive on exporting or importing files with other REC Trading Programs. Reasons to retire a REC in the Texas REC Trading Program include mandatory (compliance with the RPS mandate), voluntary and expired (still in the trading program when the REC reaches end of life). The Texas REC Trading Program does not export the REC, and any use of a REC retired in the Texas REC Trading Program by another REC Trading Program would be subject to that Trading Programs rules.

    In 2018 ERCOT added a process whereby Account holders can identify the reason for retiring a REC by adding an optional field where an Account holder could leave the field empty or enter “green-e” or “export”. To complete an export to M-RETS, the ERCOT Account holder must enter in the empty field, “Export to M-RETS” along with the date of the transaction. For example, if the export is initiated on October 1, 2018, for M-RETS to process the Export the field must read, “Export to M-RETS effective 10/01/2018.”

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  • March 01, 2019 7:36 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    The Environmental Markets Association (“EMA”) is pleased to help inform the design of New Jersey’s solar transition as required by P.L. 2018, c.17 (the “Clean Energy Act”). EMA recognizes and appreciates the immense challenge that the New Jersey (“NJ”) Board of Public Utilities (“BPU”) has been assigned with in the implementation of the CleanEnergy Act, particularly around the issues of the cost cap and the desire to promote solar growth in the State, while cost-effectively achieving a 50% renewable portfolio standard (“RPS”) by 2030.

    EMA is comprised of local, regional, and national member companies that have participated in NJ’s solar renewable energy certificate (“SREC”) market program since inception, including early engagement in the actual setup and implementation of the original NJ SREC program. EMA Members have worked extensively to achieve the program’s targets and continue to interface with the policy in multiple ways (e.g., as retail electricity suppliers, basic generation service providers, SREC traders, SREC brokers, SREC marketplaces, SREC aggregators, solar energy project developers, and as solar energy project investors). Accordingly, the EMA believes it is in a unique position to provide the BPU with a balanced perspective of this policy’s history and to help the BPU adopt a balanced framework that can satisfy each SREC Transition Principle.

    EMA’s comments are primarily focused on the design of the solar successor program and the diverse set of options and tools available to the NJ BPU that can be used to establish an RPS budget that can accommodate the NJ Class I, NJ SREC, and the forthcoming NJ SREC II program. The EMA strongly recommends that the NJ BPU pursue a tradable NJ SREC II program that is modelled based on the existing, effective, NJ SREC program. Enclosed in this submission please find the following:

    • Appendix A – Answers to NJ Solar Transition Staff Straw Proposal Questions

    • Appendix B – Best Practice Principles for Renewable Energy Certificate Markets

    • Appendix C – Supplemental Guidance Document

    • Attachment A: Excel-based Model “NJ SREC Successor Program Model – EMA

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  • February 05, 2019 6:37 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    The Environmental Markets Association (“EMA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide its responses to the set of questions the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (“DOER”) recently posted regarding the design and development of the Clean Peak Energy Portfolio Standard (“CPS”) that was established pursuant to the enactment of Chapter 227 pf the Acts of 2018. While there is no shortage of challenges associated with creating such a complex and comprehensive program, EMA is very excited about the prospects for the CPS and believes DOER has the opportunity to design a market-based mechanism that will serve as the template for many other states that are interested in pursuing similar clean energy objectives. We appreciate DOER’s inclusive approach to this important undertaking and look forward to participating in this process to assist the Commonwealth in meeting its economic and environmental sustainability policy objectives in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

    The EMA is a US-based trade association representing companies that have interests in the trading, legislation, and regulation of environmental markets. EMA was founded in 1997 as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization. The members have decades of extensive, first-hand experience with market instruments related to federal and regional cap-and-trade programs in sulfur dioxide (“SO2”), nitrogen oxide (“NOx”), renewable fuels (“RINs”), and greenhouse gas emissions (carbon allowances and offsets), as well as state- driven renewable energy certificate (“REC”) programs. EMA’s diverse member group represents a wide variety of participants in the clean energy markets, from utilities and electricity suppliers to renewable energy project developers and investors. Our members have extensive operational experience with renewable portfolio standards (“RPS”) compliance, REC trading, and renewable energy investment and, collectively, have significantly contributed to the aggregate economic investment to achieve the Commonwealth’s RPS. The EMA has a vested interest in the continued success of comprehensive and inclusive market-based mechanisms and RPS programs, including the CPS. Relying on our broad-based membership and their cumulative experience in these programs, we believe that EMA can provide a unique perspective as it relates to DOER’s Policy Deliberative.

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  • November 02, 2018 5:24 PM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    The Environmental Markets Association (“EMA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide input to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“BPU”) regarding S2314 / A3723’s legislative requirement to close the current solar renewable energy certificate (“SREC”) market and transition the state to a more cost-effective solar energy program. EMA commends the BPU for its leadership in making New Jersey a national leader in solar energy. The EMA believes that New Jersey’s renewable portfolio standard (“RPS”) SREC market has been extremely successful at incentivizing new solar energy generation since its enactment. This policy has consistently achieved the stated legislative requirements in every year and has successfully facilitated the development of more than 2,500 megawatts of solar energy in only a decade. We look forward to participating in this process to ensure New Jersey accomplishes its economic and environmental sustainability policy objectives in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

    The EMA is a U.S.-based trade association representing companies that have interests in the trading, legislation, and regulation of environmental markets. EMA was founded in 1997 as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization. The members have decades of extensive, first-hand experience with market instruments related to federal and regional cap-and-trade programs in sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as state-driven renewable energy certificate (“REC”) programs. EMA’s diverse member group represents a wide variety of participants in the clean energy markets, from utilities and electricity suppliers to renewable energy project developers and investors. Our members have extensive operational experience with RPS compliance, REC trading, and renewable energy investment in several states and, collectively, have contributed to the aggregate economic investment of billions of dollars to achieve New Jersey’s RPS. The EMA has a vested interest in the continued success of market-based mechanisms and RPS programs throughout the U.S. Given this, we believe that the EMA is uniquely qualified to share its experience with the BPU, especially as it relates to our recommendation that competitive and tradable SREC markets remain the primary solar policy framework for the successor solar program.

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  • October 23, 2018 5:22 PM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    The Environmental Markets Association (“EMA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide input to the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 (the “Act”). EMA applauds the Council’s efforts in making Washington, D.C. (the “District”) a leader in clean energy and commends the Public Service Commission (“PSC”) for its effective implementation to date of the District’s renewable portfolio standard (“RPS”). DC’s RPS policy has been successful at incentivizing new clean and renewable energy generation since its enactment and currently serves as an example for other policymakers. We look forward to participating in this process to ensure the District accomplishes its economic and environmental sustainability policy objectives in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

    The EMA is a US-based trade association representing companies that have interests in the trading, legislation, and regulation of environmental markets. EMA was founded in 1997 as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization. The members have decades of extensive, first-hand experience with market instruments related to federal and regional cap-and-trade programs in sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), renewable fuels (RINs), and greenhouse gas emissions (Carbon Allowances and Offsets), as well as state-driven renewable energy certificate (“REC”) programs. EMA’s diverse member group represents a wide variety of participants in the clean energy markets, from utilities and electricity suppliers to renewable energy project developers and investors. Our members have extensive operational experience with RPS compliance, REC trading, and renewable energy investment and, collectively, have significantly contributed to the aggregate economic investment to achieve the District’s RPS. The EMA has a vested interest in the continued success of market-based mechanisms and RPS programs. Given this, we believe that the EMA is uniquely qualified to share its experience with the Council as it relates to the District’s RPS and its continued use as the primary policy framework on the path toward 100% clean energy.

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  • October 12, 2018 5:19 PM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    The Environmental Markets Association (“EMA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide input to the Clean and Renewable Energy Work Group (“Work Group”). EMA applauds Governor Murphy’s goal of establishing a path to 100% clean energy for New Jersey (“NJ”) by 2050 and commends the Board of Public Utilities (“BPU”) for its leadership in making New Jersey a national leader in renewable energy. NJ’s renewable portfolio standard (“RPS”) policy has been successful at incentivizing new clean and renewable energy generation since its enactment and serves as an example for other states’ policymakers. We look forward to participating in this process to ensure NJ accomplishes its economic and environmental sustainability policy objectives in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

    The EMA is a U.S.-based trade association representing companies that have interests in the trading, legislation, and regulation of environmental markets. EMA was founded in 1997 as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization. The members have decades of extensive, first-hand experience with market instruments related to federal and regional cap-and-trade programs in sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as state-driven renewable energy certificate (“REC”) programs. EMA’s diverse member group represents a wide variety of participants in the clean energy markets, from utilities and electricity suppliers to renewable energy project developers and investors. Our members have extensive operational experience with RPS compliance, REC trading, and renewable energy investment in several states and, collectively, have contributed to the aggregate economic investment of billions of dollars to achieve NJ’s RPS. The EMA has a vested interest in the continued success of market-based mechanisms and RPS programs throughout the U.S. Given this, we believe that the EMA is uniquely qualified to share its experience with the Work Group and the EMP process that New Jersey is embarking on, especially as it relates to NJ’s RPS and its continued use as the primary policy framework on the path toward 100% clean energy by 2050.

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