On June 17, 2019, the Department adopted its rules related to rejoining RGGI. The two rules govern New Jersey’s reentry into the RGGI auction and distribution of the RGGI auction proceeds.
In October of 2019, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), and New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) released the RGGI Strategic Funding Plan Scoping Document to inform the public about the legal and regulatory framework surrounding the distribution of the RGGI auction proceeds. The agencies also hosted 4 interactive workshops and a webinar to gather public input about how the state should invest auction proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Links to the Scoping Document, public presentations, breakout questions and the webinar are provided below.
South | NJDEP - Atlantic Cape Community College : November 7th, 2019
North | NJBPU - New Jersey Institute of Technology : November 18th, 2019
Central | NJEDA - Rutgers New Brunswick : November 25th, 2019
Coastal | NJDEP - Township of Ocean, West Park Recreation Center : December 6th, 2019
Webinar : December 12th, 2019
Related Legislation and Other Resources
Climate actions in New Jersey are governed by two overarching pieces of State Legislation; N.J.S.A. 26:2C-37, et seq, known as the Global Warming Response Act, and N.J.S.A. 26:2C-45, et seq, sometimes referred to as the Global Warming Solutions Fund Act. The Global Warming Solutions Fund Act provides the statutory authority for both the CO2 Budget Trading Program and the Global Warming Solutions Fund rules. The NJ Legislature Web Site offers New Jersey Statutes online. Select the link for Statutes on their Website and use the site's lookup options if you would like to access the statutory authority.
On March 29, 2018, DEP hosted a public information session/webinar about NJ’s path to re-joining RGGI. A link to the presentation and summary notes from that meeting are provided below.