California kicks off cap-and-trade scheme with first auction

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California kicked off its cap-and-trade scheme with the first auction of carbon emission credits yesterday under the shadow of a petition to halt the scheme.

The scheme is the first of its kind in the US and is expected to create the second largest carbon market in the world after the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

In the first three-hour auction, administered by California’s Air Resources Board, a total of 61.2 million carbon allowances were offered for sale.

The biggest emitters in the state, including utilities Pacific Gas Electric and Southern California Edison, were able to bid for allowances covering 2013 and 2015.

There has been some trading of allowances up to this point, the auction yesterday was the first major injection of funds into the market.

The auction went ahead despite a last minute effort on behalf of the California Chamber of Commerce to challenge the scheme.

A spokesperson for ARB is reported to have said that the organisation is confident that the cap-and-trade programme can withstand any legal challenges.

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