Emission Reduction Credit Program
The Emission Reduction Credit program allows participants to generate credits by creating permanent emission reductions from stationary, area, and mobile sources in nonattainment areas. Reductions generated from stationary and area sources are known as Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) while reductions from mobile sources are known as Mobile ERCs (MERCs). This program encourages emission reductions and provides participants flexibility in complying with various federal and state air regulations. Participation is completely voluntary.
Program rules are listed under 30 TAC Chapter 101, Subchapter H, Division 1.
Submit ERC trades online using the State of Texas Environmental Electronic Reporting System (STEERS)
- Credit and Allowance Registry
Search for sites, companies, projects, portfolios, certificates, etc.
- Available Emission Credits
ERCs and MERCs currently available in the registry.
- Credit and Allowance Exchange
Current listing of requests to buy and sell credits and allowances.
- Application for Certification of Emission Credits (Form EC-1)
Submit within two years of the implementation of the emission reduction strategy.
- Re-Review of Emission Credits (Form EC-2)
Submit to determine if credits have devalued or expired.
- Notice of Intent to Use Emission Credits (Form EC-3)
Submit at least 90 days prior to operation of a facility for use as offsets or 90 days prior to use for compliance with Chapters 115 or 117.
- Application for Transfer of Emission Credits (Form EC-4)
Submit to execute transfer.
Audits and Summary Reports
- Generation Report
Includes the generator of the credits, amount generated, area of generation, pollutant type, credit expiration date, and associated project number.
- Use Report
Includes the user of the credits, amount used, area of use, pollutant type, and associated project number.
- Trade Report
List of recent emission credit transfers.