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Offset Pricing Monthly Market Digest – November 2019

by | Dec 9, 2019

Offset Supply Information”

All CCOs issued to date: 165.31 million

Compliance credits awaiting issuance: 27.34 million

CA and General Market Commentary:

  • On December 2nd, ARB announced that the 2020 Auction Reserve (floor) price will be $16.68. This was in line with expectations.  Our chart above has been updated to reflect this 2020 floor price, and we have begun estimating the 2021 floor price at $17.85.
  • On November 18th, ARB announced that it had opened an Invalidation Investigation against Scenic View Dairy, project CALS5040. The project is an agricultural methane capture project located in Michigan and is operated by Scenic View Dairy, LLC.  36,118 credits are under investigation.  Information released by ARB regarding the investigation can be found here: https://ww3.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/offsets/notice.of.offset.investigation.11.18.19.pdf
  • This is the third invalidation investigation announced by ARB in the history of the program. Previous investigations occurred in 2014 and 2016.  One invalidation did result from the investigation in 2014, causing the invalidation of 88,955 credits.
  • The announcement of the investigation caused some limited concern among buyers, reminding them that invalidation is a possible risk, but the small quantity being investigated is unlikely to significantly impact the market.

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