Posts Tagged "Additionality TerraPass"

Tontitown update: the report is complete

Our final report on the Tontitown project is available. It is now in the hands of our expert committee, and they've already shown themselves to be highly engaged, hitting us with a good list of questions about the project particulars. As laid out in the review process, all such questions have been appended to the public report, along with our… read more →

Tontitown update: interview with ADEQ

We're nearing the conclusion of our data-gathering for the additionality review. The report should be in the hands of our review panel by the end of this week. We had an opportunity last week to interview the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. These folks are the source of the most serious charges in the BusinessWeek article. To recap, ADEQ contends… read more →

Tontitown: the regulatory test

The regulatory test is the big hurdle for Tontitown. Regulatory compulsion is a death knell for additionality. Although it is indisputably true that Waste Management was under no strict requirement to implement a methane flaring system, it is also true that WM used the methane flaring system to correct a groundwater contamination problem that it was under pressure to fix.… read more →

Review process and review panel

With the addition of Dan Kammen, our review panel is now complete. Dr. Kammen is a professor in the Energy and Resources Group, Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founding Director of the Renewable… read more →

Tontitown: the financial test

One of the most intuitively appealing additionality tests is also among the most controversial with environmental policy types. The financial test asks whether the revenue from carbon offsets are enough to tip the budgetary scales so that a money-losing project becomes breakeven or profitable. Deep down, this is what most of us believe additionality is all about. If wind energy… read more →

Taking a look at Tontitown

I've laid enough groundwork at this point that it's time to start digging into the particulars of the Tontitown landfill gas flaring project. Tontitown isn't the only project criticized in the BusinessWeek article, but it is the one with by far the most substantive set of accusations behind it. Most of the criticisms in the article are quotes from individuals… read more →

Measuring additionality: a step-by-step guide

I'm not done with the background material on additionality, but I do want to start to discuss how additionality is measured in actual practice, as a prelude to focusing more specifically on the Tontitown project review. One way you don't measure additionality is by calling up a bunch of people and asking them whether they think a project is additional.… read more →

Why additionality matters

Yesterday I posed the question, "Why all the fuss about additionality?" Today I answer that question. Recall that you hear at least two lines of argument about why we should stop worrying about strict additionality. The first is that strict additionality is too difficult to measure. We should therefore redefine the concept of additionality to be "projects we like" so… read more →

Additionality smackdown: Monday round-up

We're making brisk progress on Day 1 of our additionality smackdown. A rundown of the day's achievements: We have now assembled half of our expert panel of judges for the additionality report we are assembling. Bill Schlesinger has agreed to participate. Bill sits on our Technical Advisory Board, and among a long list of accomplishments, he was lead author on… read more →

Why all the fuss about additionality anyway?

As a starting point for our review of project additionality, it's worth stepping back for a second and posing a motivating question: what's the big deal about additionality? It's helpful to define terms, so here once again is a stock definition of additionality: Additionality: Emissions reductions are "additional" if they occur because of the incentives associated with the existence of… read more →
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