Cap-and-Trade Regulatory Guidance

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ARB’s cap-and-trade regulation, which appears at sections 95800-96023 of title 17, California Code of Regulations, is a set of rules that establishes a cap on greenhouse gas emissions and provides market-based compliance mechanisms to covered entities.  ARB staff prepared this instructional guidance to help describe the regulatory requirements in a user-friendly format.


California Cap-and-Trade Program Implementation
Frequently Asked Questions
October 15, 2012

California’s Cap-and-Trade Regulation (Regulation) took effect on January 1, 2012, with amendments to the Regulation effective September 1, 2012.  The enforceable compliance obligation begins on January 1, 2013, for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.  ARB has developed the following compilation of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist program stakeholders.  These FAQs provide information on systems for allowance tracking, auctions and reserve sales, and related financial services.  Separate guidance will be provided specific to regulatory changes and compliance. 

The FAQs are organized under the following general topics and primary components of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program:
•    General Program and Schedule Questions
•    The Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS), General
•    CITSS User Registration
•    CITSS Account Application
•    Corporate Associations and Consolidated Accounts
•    Managing CITSS Accounts and Compliance Instruments
•    Auctions and Reserve Sales
•    Bid Guarantee Process

General Program and Schedule Questions


 

The Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS), General


 

CITSS User Registration


 

CITSS Account Application


 

Corporate Associations and Consolidated Accounts


 

Managing CITSS Accounts and Compliance Instruments


 

Auctions and Reserve Sales


 

Bid Guarantee Process


 

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For questions or comments, please contact Rajinder Sahota at (916) 323-8503

 
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