Regional climate accord agrees to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent

THE 450-MEGAWATT Manchester Street power plant in Providence, above, burns natural gas and must buy RGGI permits to cover its emissions. / COURTESY DOMINION ENERGY
THE 450-MEGAWATT Manchester Street power plant in Providence, above, burns natural gas and must buy RGGI permits to cover its emissions. / COURTESY DOMINION ENERGY
(Updated: 5:32 p.m.) PROVIDENCE – The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a nine-state bipartisan climate accord, has reached consensus on a new plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions levels by 30 percent by 2030. The market-based, cap-and-trade agreement, dubbed "RGGI," includes Rhode Island and eight other Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. Carbon emissions are bought and sold…

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