New Alternative Compliance Mechanisms for a Clean Energy Standard

September 2011

Glenn Hurowitz and Samuel Graus advocate for new alternative compliance mechanisms that provide the same cost control and flexibility for utilities as traditional alternative compliance payments (ACPs), while also reducing emissions significantly beyond what is possible through a clean energy standard alone. In other words, the alternative compliance mechanisms described in this issue brief produce more emissions bang for the buck, creating a significantly more effective and affordable overall policy than traditional ACPs.