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Title 30 : Public Service

Chapter 089 : Renewable Energy Programs

Subchapter 001 : General Provisions

(Cite as: 30 V.S.A. § 8006a)
  • § 8006a. Greenhouse gas reduction credits

    (a) Standard offer adjustment. In accordance with this section, greenhouse gas reduction credits generated by an eligible ratepayer shall result in an adjustment of the standard offer under subdivision 8005a(c)(1) of this title (cumulative capacity; pace). For the purpose of adjusting the standard offer under subdivision 8005a(c)(1) of this title, the amount of a year’s greenhouse gas reduction credits shall be the lesser of the following:

    (1) The amount of greenhouse gas reduction credits created by the eligible ratepayers served by all providers.

    (2) The providers’ annual retail electric sales during that year to those eligible ratepayers creating greenhouse gas reduction credits.

    (b) Definitions. In this section:

    (1) “Eligible ratepayer” means a customer of a Vermont retail electricity provider who takes service at 115 kilovolts and has demonstrated to the Commission that it has a comprehensive energy and environmental management program. Provision of the customer’s certification issued under standard 14001 (environmental management systems) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) shall constitute such a demonstration.

    (2) “Eligible reduction” means a reduction in non-energy-related greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing processes at an in-state facility of an eligible ratepayer, provided that each of the following applies:

    (A) The reduction results from a specific project undertaken by the eligible ratepayer at the in-state facility after January 1, 2012.

    (B) The specific project reduces or avoids greenhouse gas emissions above and beyond any reductions of such emissions required by federal and State statutes and rules.

    (C) The reductions are quantifiable and verified by an independent third party as approved by the Commission. Such independent third parties shall be certified by a body accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as having a certification program that meets the ISO standards applicable to verification and validation of greenhouse gas assertions.

    (3) “Greenhouse gas” shall be as defined under 10 V.S.A. § 552.

    (4) “Greenhouse gas reduction credit” means a credit for eligible reductions, calculated in accordance with subsection (c) of this section and expressed as a kWh credit.

    (c) Calculation. Greenhouse gas reduction credits shall be calculated as follows:

    (1) Eligible reductions shall be quantified in metric tons of CO2 equivalent, in accordance with the methodologies specified under 40 C.F.R. part 98, and may be counted annually for the life of the specific project that resulted in the reduction.

    (2) Metric tons of CO2 equivalent quantified under subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be converted into units of energy through calculation of the equivalent number of kWh of generation by renewable energy plants, other than biomass, that would be required to achieve the same level of greenhouse gas emission reduction through the displacement of market power purchases. For the purpose of this subdivision, the value of the avoided greenhouse gas emissions shall be based on the aggregate greenhouse gas emission characteristics of system power in the regional transmission area overseen by the Independent System Operator of New England (ISO-NE).

    (d) Reporting. An eligible ratepayer shall report to the Commission annually on each specific project undertaken to create eligible reductions. The Commission shall specify the required contents of such reports, which shall be publicly available.

    (e) Savings. A provider shall pass on savings that it realizes through greenhouse gas reduction credits proportionally to the eligible ratepayers generating the credits. (Added 2011, No. 170 (Adj. Sess.), § 8, eff. May 18, 2012.)