Structural oversupply and credibility in California's carbon market

Structural oversupply and credibility in California's carbon marketThe Electricity Journal 29(5): 7–14 (2016), doi 10.1016/j.tej.2016.06.006 (with Andy Coghlan) 

For several years, California’s carbon market has cleared just above a quarterly auction price floor. Following an anemic February 2016 auction, however, secondary market prices fell below the price floor. At the May auction, 90% of available allowances went unsold—$880 million worth, if valued at the price floor. These developments suggest that a combination of allowance oversupply and uncertainty over post-2020 climate policy has destabilized the market.

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