Solutions to reducing carbon pollution in Delaware come in the form of innovative cost-effective policies and initiatives that promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean technologies and use of alternative fuels. These efforts can advance multiple state priorities such as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, lowering energy costs, improving air quality, protecting public health, and helping achieve economic development goals. Programs reducing emissions in the power and transportation sectors are described below.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Delaware is a founding member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a nine-state carbon dioxide (CO2) budget trading program. RGGI is the first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI is a cooperative effort among the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont to cap and reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector.
Proceeds from RGGI have saved Delawareans 29 million kilowatt hours of electricity, $5 million dollars in energy bills, 236,000 therms of natural gas and avoided releasing 26,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions . In addition, a portion of the RGGI proceeds are directed to on-the-ground greenhouse gas reduction projects. In the last round of funding, projects reduced more than 26,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to taking 5,000 cars off the road or equivalent to the emissions from powering 3,000 homes for one year.
The Act allocates 10 percent of the proceeds derived from the auction of carbon allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to projects and other actions that result in a measurable reduction of greenhouse gases. For purposes of this grant program, greenhouse gases are defined as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, chlorofluorocarbons, hydrofluorocarbons and sulfur hexaflouride. Projects must result in quantifiable and verifiable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in Delaware not otherwise required by federal or state law and not receiving funding from any other state sources. This 10 percent is the Delaware Greenhouse Gas Reduction Projects Grant Program.
Delaware-based businesses, state/municipal agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as business sector associations, homeowner associations, academia and/or non-profit assistance providers are eligible to apply for funding under this Grant Program.
Future program announcements will depend on funding availability and may be made on an annual basis. Please check back to this webpage for RFP (request for proposal) announcements
For additional information on the RGGI program visit the RGGI Inc. homepage at www.rggi.org. For the state law that governs Delaware’s participation in the RGGI program visit http://delcode.delaware.gov/title7/c060/sc02a/index.shtml
 Delaware RGGI Informational Factsheet. Based on 2010 data collected from the RGGI program.