Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
12/7/2021

Article 9. Auction of Co2 CCR and Ecr Allowances

9VAC5-140-6410. Purpose.

Article 9
Auction of CO2 CCR and ECR Allowances

The following requirements shall apply to each allowance auction. The department or its agent may specify additional information in the auction notice for each auction. Such additional information may include the time and location of the auction, auction rules, registration deadlines, and any additional information deemed necessary or useful.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1308 and 10.1-1322.3 of the Code of Virginia; §§ 108, 109, 110, and 302 of the Clean Air Act; 40 CFR Part 51.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 20, eff. June 26, 2019.

9VAC5-140-6420. General requirements.

A. The department's agent will include the following information in the auction notice for each auction:

1. The number of CO2 allowances offered for sale at the auction, not including any CO2 CCR allowances;

2. The number of CO2 CCR allowances that will be offered for sale at the auction if the condition of subdivision B 1 of this section is met;

3. The minimum reserve price for the auction;

4. The CCR trigger price for the auction;

5. The maximum number of CO2 allowances that may be withheld from sale at the auction if the condition of subdivision D 1 of this section is met; and

6. The ECR trigger price for the auction.

B. The department's agent will follow these rules for the sale of CO2 CCR allowances.

1. CO2 CCR allowances shall only be sold at an auction in which total demand for allowances, above the CCR trigger price, exceeds the number of CO2 allowances available for purchase at the auction, not including any CO2 CCR allowances.

2. If the condition of subdivision 1 of this subsection is met at an auction, then the number of CO2 CCR allowances offered for sale by the department or its agent at the auction shall be equal to the number of CO2 CCR allowances in the Virginia Auction Account at the time of the auction.

3. After all of the CO2 CCR allowances in the Virginia Auction Account have been sold in a given calendar year, no additional CO2 CCR allowances will be sold at any auction for the remainder of that calendar year, even if the condition of subdivision 1 of this subsection is met at an auction.

4. At an auction in which CO2 CCR allowances are sold, the reserve price for the auction shall be the CCR trigger price.

5. If the condition of subdivision 1 of this subsection is not satisfied, no CO2 CCR allowances shall be offered for sale at the auction, and the reserve price for the auction shall be equal to the minimum reserve price.

C. The department's agent shall implement the reserve price as follows: (i) no allowances shall be sold at any auction for a price below the reserve price for that auction and (ii) if the total demand for allowances at an auction is less than or equal to the total number of allowances made available for sale in that auction, then the auction clearing price for the auction shall be the reserve price.

D. The department's agent will meet the following rules for the withholding of CO2 ECR allowances from an auction.

1. CO2 ECR allowances shall only be withheld from an auction if the demand for allowances would result in an auction clearing price that is less than the ECR trigger price prior to the withholding from the auction of any ECR allowances.

2. If the condition in subdivision 1 of this subsection is met at an auction, then the maximum number of CO2 ECR allowances that may be withheld from that auction will be equal to the quantity shown in Table 140-5B of 9VAC5-140-6210 E minus the total quantity of CO2 ECR allowances that have been withheld from any prior auction in that calendar year. Any CO2 ECR allowances withheld from an auction will be transferred into the Virginia ECR Account.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1308 and 10.1-1322.3 of the Code of Virginia; §§ 108, 109, 110, and 302 of the Clean Air Act; 40 CFR Part 51.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 20, eff. June 26, 2019; amended, Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 25, eff. July 10, 2020.

9VAC5-140-6430. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 20, eff. June 26, 2019; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 25, eff. July 10, 2020.

9VAC5-140-6435. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 20, eff. June 26, 2019; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 25, eff. July 10, 2020.

9VAC5-140-6440. Program monitoring and review.

Article 10
Program Monitoring and Review

In conjunction with the CO2 Budget Trading Program program monitoring and review process, the department will evaluate impacts of the program specific to Virginia, including economic, energy, and environmental impacts and impacts on vulnerable and environmental justice and underserved communities. The department will, in evaluating the impacts on environmental justice communities, including low income, minority, and tribal communities, develop and implement a plan to ensure increased participation of environmental justice communities in the review.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1308 and 10.1-1322.3 of the Code of Virginia; §§ 108, 109, 110, and 302 of the Clean Air Act; 40 CFR Part 51.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 20, eff. June 26, 2019.

Website addresses provided in the Virginia Administrative Code to documents incorporated by reference are for the reader's convenience only, may not necessarily be active or current, and should not be relied upon. To ensure the information incorporated by reference is accurate, the reader is encouraged to use the source document described in the regulation.

As a service to the public, the Virginia Administrative Code is provided online by the Virginia General Assembly. We are unable to answer legal questions or respond to requests for legal advice, including application of law to specific fact. To understand and protect your legal rights, you should consult an attorney.