Greenhouse Gases, New and Existing Power Plants

As DEQ develops plans and strategies to address carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) that are due to electric power generation, we will provide as much information as possible on this web page. In addition, you can sign up for Town Hall email notifications, specifically for actions by the Air Pollution Control Board. Information that will be available includes notice of meetings and agendas, and any actions taken on regulations and plans. We also offer email alerts via RSS feeds on DEQ's Newscast or Public Calendar.

What's New as of November 2018

The following technical information is now available:

  1. IPM reference case results
  2. IPM policy case results
  3. A bill analysis presentation
  4. A co-benefits analysis

What's New as of October 2018

  • The State Air Pollution Control Board approved the re-proposed carbon trading regulation (Revision C17) at the September 29 meeting; the department's presentation is available. The next step is executive review, then the new proposal will be published in the Virginia Register for a 30-day comment period. The board will consider the final regulation next spring.
  • The State Air Pollution Control Board will meet on October 29, 2018, to re-consider the proposed carbon trading regulation (Revision C17); visit the Town Hall webpage for a draft agenda, the proposal and other information.

What's New as of April 2018

  • Public comments received from January 8-April 9 can be viewed on the Town Hall Public Comment Forum and on the additional comments page.

  • The public comment period for the proposed carbon trading rule closed on April 9, 2018. DEQ will now evaluate all comments and consider amendments to the proposed regulation as appropriate. The proposed final regulation, as well as a summary and response to comments, will be provided to the Air Pollution Control Board for their consideration at the next meeting, which is not yet scheduled. Sign up for Town Hall notifications to follow further developments on this regulatory action.

What's New as of February-March 2018

As part of the public comment period on the proposed carbon trading rule, the department is holding public hearings throughout the state during the month of March:

1. DEQ Southwest, Abingdon: March 7, 2018 (snow date March 22), 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
2. DEQ Blue Ridge, Roanoke: March 8, 2018 (snow date March 21), 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
3. DEQ Tidewater, Virginia Beach: March 12, 2018 (snow date March 20), 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
4. DEQ Valley, Harrisonburg: March 14, 2018 (snow date March 19), 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
5. DEQ Northern, Woodbridge: March 15, 2018 (snow date March 22), 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
6. DEQ Main Street, Richmond (3rd floor, Bank of America building): March 19, 2018, 1:30 to 4:30.

See the public notice for additional details. Written comments can be emailed to Comments will continue to be received through April 9, 2018.

What's New as of December 2017-January 2018

  • The proposed regulation published in the Virginia Register on January 8, 2018. This initiates the public comment period. Visit Town Hall for more information, and be sure to sign up for Town Hall notifications.

What's New as of November 2017

  • The department presentation to the board at its November 16, 2017 meeting is available.

  • An analysis of potential changes in residential, commercial, and industrial customer electricity bills has been prepared by the Analysis Group.

  • The Georgetown Climate Center has provided Excel files with more detailed information on the runs presented in the October 20 webinar. The information provided in these spreadsheets is what ICF provides the RGGI states for their analysis of potential program designs and RGGI, Inc., posts on its website.
    The draft proposed regulation that will be presented to the board at the November 16 meeting is now available.

What's New as of October 2017

  • On October 20, Georgetown Climate Center hosted a webinar, 'ICF’s Chris MacCracken Reviews Modeling Results for Virginia Business-as-Usual and Cap Scenarios' for members of the State Air Pollution Control Board, the RAP and the public. ICF International has conducted energy economic modeling analysis to project future business-as-usual and possible ED 11 implementation scenarios for Virginia.  Chris MacCracken of ICF reported on the results of that modeling analysis and took questions from the webinar audience.

What's New as of September 2017

What's New as of August 2017

  • A Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) has been issued. This notice initiates the process for developing a regulation to reduce and cap carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuel fired electric power generating facilities by means of an interstate trading program. To follow the progress of this regulatory action, be sure to sign up for Town Hall email notifications, and check the DEQ web page for air regulation public notices.

State Actions

Governor McAuliffe issued Executive Order 57 (EO 57) on June 28, 2016. Under EO 57, he directed the Secretary of Natural Resources to convene a work group to study and recommend methods to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electric power facilities and grow the clean energy economy within existing state authority. The group consisted of the Secretary of Natural Resources, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the Director of DEQ, the Director of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, and the Deputy Attorney General for Commerce, Environment, and Technology. This group facilitated extensive stakeholder engagement over the last year, including in-person meetings and a public comment period, before compiling its recommendations and submitting a final report to the Governor on May 12, 2017.

Subsequently, Governor McAuliffe issued Executive Directive 11 (2017), 'Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions from the Electric Power Sector and Growing Virginia's Clean Energy Economy.' ED 11 directs the Director of DEQ, in coordination with the Secretary of Natural Resources, to develop a proposed regulation to control CO2 from electric power facilities that allows for the use of market-based mechanisms and the trading of CO2 allowances through a multi-state trading program. A proposed regulation must be presented to the State Air Pollution Control Board for consideration for approval for public comment by no later than December 31, 2017.

Federal Actions

The Supreme Court has issued a stay of the emission guidelines pending disposition of the applicants’ petitions for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Check EPA's Clean Power Plan for more information. Data generated by the general public and a stakeholder's group to discuss Clean Power Plan options for Virginia has been archived, but this information is still available for inspection.



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