Establishing a Value of Carbon: Guidelines for Use by State Agencies

New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act directs the Department of Environmental Conservation to establish a value of carbon for use by State agencies. This guidance document provides a recommended procedure for using a damages-based value of carbon along with a general review of the marginal abatement cost approach. The current guidance is focused on the damages-based value as a tool to aid state agencies as they begin to regularly consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in their decision-making. In some decision-making contexts, particularly those that have a history of valuing carbon, such as the New York electric industry, alternative approaches may be more appropriate for both resource valuation and benefit-cost analyses.

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