RGGI Auction 62 Clears at CCR Trigger of $14.88 | Emissions Watch Blog

December 8, 2023 | Tom Bausemer | Blog Postemissions-watchRGGI

Clearing Price of $14.88/ton Marks a 7% Increase Over Previous Auction

The most recent RGGI quarterly auction (Auction 62) was held on December 6, 2023. The clearing price was $14.88/ton, 7.4% higher than the clearing price of $13.85/ton on September 6, 2023 (see Figure 1). Auction 62 represents the third consecutive auction with increasing clearing prices, which follows three prior consecutive auctions with decreasing clearing prices.

The clearing price reached the 2023 Cost Containment Reserve (CCR) trigger price of $14.88/ton.[1] The CCR provision is a mechanism that allows for the release of additional allowances when auction prices exceed the established price threshold (the trigger price). This is the first time the clearing price has hit the CCR trigger price since December 2021.

[1] The CCR trigger price increases by 7 percent each year.

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Auction 62 Specifics

Bidding interest was strong in Auction 62 and 27,656,000 allowances were sold. Sixty entities submitted bids and the quantity of allowances for which bids were submitted was 2.8 times the available supply. Fifty bidders secured allowances, with ten bidders purchasing 64% of all the available allowances. Figure 2 shows the breakdown of allowances sold to each of the successful bidders.

The Market Monitor report for Auction 62 indicated that following this auction, 65% of allowances in circulation were held by compliance entities and 35% were held by non-compliance entities. Figure 3 shows the percentage of allowances sold to compliance entities versus investors. In this auction, compliance entities purchased more allowances than investors (67% versus 33%). This is more than the last auction, in which compliance entities purchased 64% of allowances.

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RGGI Clearing & Reserve Prices 2018 - 2023 Figure 1

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