California May Adjust Carbon Permit Allocations to Companies

California’s air resources board may adjust the number of carbon permits it plans to give to specific companies before the first auction of allowances in November under the state’s cap-and-trade program, Mary Nichols, the board’s chairman, said during a conference in San Francisco.

Industry allocations wouldn’t change, just the distribution to companies within the sectors, she said.

The agency hasn’t officially assigned the permits yet to most of the companies regulated under the program and may reconsider allocations based on new data.

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