Offset Pricing Monthly Market Digest – October 2020

Offset Supply Information:

All CCOs issued to date: 205.31 million

Compliance credits awaiting issuance: 17.55 million

CA and General Market Commentary:

The multi-month trend of allowances moving higher and CCO prices moving lower continued in October. The spread between Allowances and CCOs continues to widen to record historical levels.  Because 2020 is not a triennial compliance true-up year, we believe the lack of interest in CCOs is because compliance entities do not need to purchase CCOs for compliance until 2021, and many entities may be waiting until closer to the true-up deadline in order to observe the uncertain economy and better understand their emissions for 2020.

The ROC backlog dropped by approximately 6 million CCOs in October as ARB issuances of credits were much higher than average.

The next quarterly allowance auction will be held on November 17th, 2020, with results to be announced November 24th. While the previous auction did not clear and allowances were sold at the floor price of $16.68, we expect the last auction of the year to clear, as typical, and the clearing price to trend higher as participants begin to anticipate the higher 2021 floor price.  ClimeCo estimates the clearing price for 2021 at $17.73, based on estimates of inflation for the 12 months ending October 31st, 2020.

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