News and Announcements Archive

May 29, 2015

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the June 30, 2015 Reserve Sale Notice

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the June 30, 2015 Reserve Sale Notice. 

The notice is available on the ARB website.

May 28, 2015

California and Québec Have Released the May 2015 Joint Auction #3 Results

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) have released the May 2015 Joint Auction #3 results.

The results are available on the ARB and MDDELCC websites.

April 22, 2015

Board of Directors Meeting Notice

The Board of Directors of WCI, Inc. will meet on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific time. Click here for more information.

April 17, 2015

WESTERN CLIMATE INITIATIVE, INC. ANNOUNCES CAREER OPPORTUNITY IN QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC

Western Climate Initiative, Inc. is now accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director in Quebec City, Quebec. Interested applicants can submit materials using the form on this website.

April 3, 2015

AUCTION SERVICES RESPONSE TO BIDDER QUESTIONS  

All submitted bidder questions and WCI responses are available here.

March 24, 2015

Auction Services RFP Bidder’s Conference

A one-hour bidder's conference will be hosted by WCI, Inc. at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Details for the bidder's conference are posted in the RFP.

March 20, 2015

May 2015 Joint Auction #3 Notice Released

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) have released the May 2015 Joint Auction #3 Notice.

The Auction Notice is available on the ARB and MDDELCC websites.

March 18, 2015

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR AUCTION SERVICES

WCI, Inc. has issued an RFP for Auction and Reserve Sale Administrator Services (Auction Services).

March 4, 2015

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the April 1, 2015 Reserve Sale Notice

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the April 1, 2015 Reserve Sale Notice.

The notice is available on the ARB website.

February 25, 2014

California and Québec Have Released the February 2015 Joint Auction #2 Results

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) have released the February 2015 Joint Auction #2 results.

The results are available on the ARB and MDDELCC websites.

January 8, 2015

WESTERN CLIMATE INITIATIVE, INC. ANNOUNCES HIRING OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. is pleased to announce that Greg Tamblyn has been retained as the organization’s Executive Director.

Mr. Tamblyn has over 10 years’ experience developing and managing renewable energy and environmental programs. As Executive Director, Mr. Tamblyn will be responsible for coordinating administrative and technical support for the emissions trading programs of WCI, Inc.’s participating jurisdictions.

Mr. Tamblyn comes to WCI, Inc. from the Renewable Energy Institute International (REII) where he served as Executive Director (2007 – 2014). As the Executive Director at REII, Mr. Tamblyn was responsible for managing renewable energy projects and the day-to-day operations of the organization. Prior to his appointment at REII Mr. Tamblyn worked on various environmental and renewable energy projects throughout the United States.

WCI, Inc. was formed in November 2011 as a non-profit corporation to provide coordinated administrative and technical support to state and provincial greenhouse gas emissions trading programs. The annual salary for this position is $130,000.

December 23, 2014

Board of Directors Meeting Notice

The Board of Directors of WCI, Inc. will meet on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific time. The only agenda item is for the Board to enter Executive Session (closed) to discuss confidential, procurement, and personnel issues.

December 19, 2014

PRE-SOLICITATION NOTICE 1

WCI, Inc. is issuing a pre-solicitation notice and related information to help potential offerors prepare for requests for proposals for auction and reserve sale administrator services (Auction Services) and for auction and reserve sale financial services (Financial Services) in early 2015.

December 19, 2014

February 2015 Joint Auction #2 Notice Released

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) have released the February 2015 Joint Auction #2 Notice.

The Auction Notice is available on the ARB and MDDELCC websites.

December 3, 2014

California and Québec Have Released the Rescheduled November 2014 Joint Auction #1 Results

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) have released the Rescheduled November 2014 Joint Auction #1 results.

The results are available on the ARB and MDDELCC websites.

December 1, 2014

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the December 31, 2014 Reserve Sale Notice.

The notice is available on the ARB website.

November 21, 2014

Updated November 2014 Joint Auction #1 Notice

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) have released an updated November 2014 Joint Auction #1 Notice.

The updated Auction Notice is available on the ARB and MDDELCC websites.

September 19, 2014

California and Quebec Announce First Joint Cap-and-Trade Auction

The California Air Resources Board and the Québec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change announced their first joint cap-and-trade auction will take place November 19, 2014. Read the full press releases from California and Québec.

September 16, 2014

Annual Board of Directors Meeting Notice

The annual meeting of the Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. will begin at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time/2:30 pm Eastern Time on Friday, September 26, 2014 in Salon Habitation B at the Marriot Montreal Chateau Champlain, 1, Place du Canada, Montreal, Quebec.

August 29, 2014

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the September 29, 2014 Reserve Sale Notice

The Reserve Sale Notice is available on the ARB website.

August 29, 2014

THE GOVERNMENT OF QUÉBEC HAS RELEASED THE August 26, 2014 AUCTION Results

The results are available on the MDDELCC website.

August 21, 2014

August 18, 2014 auction results

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the August 18, 2014 auction results. The results are available on the ARB website.

August 19, 2014

Board of Directors Meeting Notice

The Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. (WCI, Inc.) will meet via teleconference on Friday, August 29, 2014, beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific time. The only agenda item is for the Board to enter Executive Session to discuss personnel issues related to the search for a new Executive Director.

August 14, 2014

California-Québec Practice Auction suMMARY rEPORT

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques have released the CA-QC Practice Auction Summary Report (Summary Report). The Summary Report is available on the ARB website and the MDDELCC website.

July 29, 2014

California-Québec Practice Auction Notice

The California Air Resources Board and the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques have released the California-Québec Practice Auction Notice (Practice Auction Notice). The Practice Auction Notice is available on the ARB website and the MDDELCC website.

July 18, 2014

Release of second California-Québec Practice Auction Update

The California Air Resources Board and the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques have released a second California-Québec Practice Auction Update (Second Update).The Second Update is available on the ARB website and the MDDELCC website.

July 9, 2014

Release of the first Linked California and Québec Cap-and-Trade Programs Compliance Instrument Report

The California Air Resources Board and the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques have released the first Linked California and Québec Cap-and-Trade Programs Compliance Instrument Report. The Update is available on the ARB website and the MDDELCC website.

June 30, 2014

California – Quebec Practice Auction Update

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques have released a California – Quebec Practice Auction Update (Update). The Update is available on the ARB website and the MDDELCC website.

June 27, 2014

July 9, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting

The Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. (WCI, Inc.) will meet on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Sacramento, CA, beginning at 1:00 PM Pacific time. The Board will consider a funding agreement with the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change (MDDELCC) of Québec and review the budget.

Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to attend this meeting via teleconference. This meeting will be conducted in both French and English. If you plan to attend, please register here. There is no charge to attend this meeting.

The meeting agenda and materials are available on the WCI, Inc. website, and additional meeting materials will be posted to the website as they become available. Attendees will have an opportunity to comment on agenda items during the meeting.

June 27, 2014

THE GOVERNMENT OF QUÉBEC HAS RELEASED THE AUGUST 26, 2014 AUCTION NOTICE

The ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) has released the August 26, 2014 Auction Notice. The Auction Notice is available on the MDDELCC website.

June 19, 2014

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the August 18, 2014 Auction Notice

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the August 18, 2014 Auction Notice. The notice is available on the ARB website.

May 3, 2014

Québec and California announce plans for joint auction of greenhouse gas emission allowances

Québec and California announce plans for joint auction of greenhouse gas emission allowances. For more information, visit the ARB and MDDELCC  websites.

May 30, 2014

Western Climate Initiative, Inc. Is Seeking an Executive Director

Western Climate Initiative, Inc. is accepting applications for an Executive Director. Interested applicants should submit materials using the form on this page by June 30, 2014.

May 30, 2014

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the June 30, 2014 Reserve Sale Notice

The Reserve Sale Notice is available on the ARB website.

May 30, 2014

THE GOVERNMENT OF QUÉBEC HAS RELEASED THE MAY 27, 2014 AUCTION Results

The results are available on the MDDELCC website.

May 21, 2014

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the May 16, 2014 auction results

The results are available on the ARB website.

May 5, 2014

Executive Session on May 14, 2014

The Board of Directors will reconvene the Executive Session that was recessed on May 2 in order to complete their discussion of personnel matters.

April 22, 2014

WCI, Inc. Board Meeting on May 2, 2014

The Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. (WCI, Inc.) will meet on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Sacramento, CA, beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific time. The Board will consider a funding agreement with the California Air Resources Board, the 2013 audit report, and the 2013 federal and state tax filings. The Board will then convene an Executive (Closed) Session to discuss banking and personnel matters.

Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to attend this meeting in-person or via teleconference. This meeting will be conducted in both French and English. If you plan to attend, whether by teleconference or in person, please register here. There is no charge to attend this meeting.

The meeting agenda and materials are available on the WCI, Inc. website, and additional meeting materials will be posted to the website as they become available. Attendees will have an opportunity to comment on agenda items during the meeting.

March 28, 2014

THE GOVERNMENT OF QUÉBEC HAS RELEASED THE MAY 27, 2014 AUCTION NOTICE

The ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs (MDDEFP) has released the May 27, 2014 Auction Notice. The Auction Notice is available on the MDDEFP website.

March 17, 2014

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the May 16, 2014 Auction Notice

The Auction Notice is available on the ARB website.

March 7, 2014

The ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs (MDDEFP) has released The March 4, 2014 Auction Results

The results are available on the MDDEFP website.

March 4, 2014

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the April 3, 2014 Reserve Sale Notice

The Reserve Sale Notice is available on the ARB website.

February 24, 2014

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the February 19, 2014 Auction Results

The results are available on the ARB website.

January 3, 2014

THE GOVERNMENT OF QUÉBEC HAS RELEASED THE MARCH 4, 2014 AUCTION NOTICE

The ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs (MDDEFP) has released the March 4, 2014 Auction Notice. The Auction Notice is available on the MDDEFP website.

December 20, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the February 19, 2014 Auction Notice

The Auction Notice is available on the ARB website.

December 6, 2013

December 3, 2013 auction results

The ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs (MDDEFP) has released the December 3, 2013 Auction Results. The results are available on the MDDEFP website.

December 2, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the December 31, 2013 Reserve Sale Notice

The Reserve Sale Notice is available on the ARB website.

November 27, 2013

WCI, Inc. Board Meeting on Dec 9, 2013

The Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. (WCI, Inc.) will hold their annual meeting on Monday, December 9, 2013, in Sacramento, CA, beginning at 2:00 pm Pacific time. The Board will elect officers, appoint committee members, consider adoption of a Records Availability Policy, and adopt a budget for 2014-15. The Board will then convene an Executive (Closed) Session to discuss procurement and personnel matters.

Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to attend this meeting in-person or via teleconference. This meeting will be conducted in both French and English. If you plan to attend, whether by teleconference or in person, please register here. There is no charge to attend this meeting.

The meeting agenda and materials are available here, and additional meeting materials will be posted to the website as they become available. Attendees will have an opportunity to comment on agenda items during the meeting.

November 22, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the November 19, 2013 Auction Results

The results are available on the ARB website.

October 4, 2013

First Québec Allowance Auction Announced

The first Québec allowance auction will be held on December 3, 2013. Materials can be found at http://www.mddefp.gouv.qc.ca/changements/carbone/index-en.htm.

September 20, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the November 19, 2013 Auction Notice

The Auction Notice is available on the ARB website.

September 6, 2013

WCI, Inc. Board of Directors Meeting on September 19

The Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. (WCI, Inc.) will meet at 10:00 am Pacific time on Thursday, September 19, 2013, in Sacramento, CA. The Board will consider adoption of a Records Availability Policy, and then convene an Executive (Closed) Session to discuss procurement matters, specifically, a proposed contract for auction and reserve sale financial services.

The meeting will be held in the Compagno Room of the Sheraton Grand Sacramento. Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to attend in-person or via teleconference beginning at 10:00 am Pacific time. If you plan to attend, either in-person or via teleconference, please register here. There is no charge to attend. This meeting will be conducted in both French and English. The meeting agenda and proposed Records Availability Policy are available here.

For more information please contact Patrick Cummins, Executive Director, at pcummins@wci-inc.org or 916-449-9966.

August 30, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the September 27, 2013 Reserve Sale Notice

The Reserve Sale Notice is available on the ARB website.

August 21, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the August 16, 2013 Auction Results

The results are available on the ARB website.

August 1, 2013

Upgrades to Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS)

WCI Partner jurisdictions and WCI, Inc. are working together to develop systems to support the common goals of developing a regional program and the implementation of state and provincial GHG trading programs, including Quebec and California’s Cap-and-Trade Program. The Cap-and-Trade Programs became effective on January 1, 2012, with an enforceable compliance obligation beginning with calendar year 2013.

One of the systems being developed is the Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS). The CITSS is the record of ownership of compliance instruments; records information related to accounts; enables and records compliance instrument transfers; facilitates compliance verification; and supports market oversight through the collection of relevant information.

The CITSS is being upgraded to provide Cap-and-Trade Program participants improved features and more detailed account information. The upgrades included in CITSS version 3.0 are scheduled to be released August 1, 2013. CITSS version 3.0 provides expanded functionality and information, including:

  • Facility information (entity management/account consolidation)
  • Corporate association management
  • Limited exemption and holding limit management
  • Enhanced reporting features

The CITSS can be accessed at https://www.wci-citss.org.

Further assistance can be obtained from the CITSS help desk. The Help Desk is staffed Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time and is accessible for messages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The CITSS Help Desk can be contacted at: help@wci-citss.org or telephone 1-866-682-7561.

For more California information, go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/capandtrade.htm.

Both California and Quebec will be sending additional information to their stakeholders directly by e-mail.

June 17, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the August 16, 2013 Auction Notice

The Auction Notice is available on the ARB website.

May 31, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the June 27, 2013 Reserve Sale Notice

The Reserve Sale Notice is available on the ARB website.

May 21, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the May 16, 2013 Auction Results

The results are available on the ARB website.

May 10, 2013

Board of Directors Meeting – May 8, 2013

The Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. (WCI, Inc.) met on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Sacramento, CA. The Board held an open session which was attended by stakeholders and members of the public, as well as an Executive (Closed) Session to discuss procurement and personnel matters. The meeting agenda and materials are available here.

During the Executive Session, the Board approved amendments to two existing contracts: one for additional market monitoring and one for continued WCI, Inc. staff support for the Compliance Instrument Tracking System (CITSS).

The Board recessed the Executive Session to May 21, 2013 and will reconvene at that time to complete their consideration of procurement issues.

For more information please contact Patrick Cummins, Executive Director, at pcummins@wci-inc.org or 916-449-9966.

March 22, 2013

Western Climate Initiative, Inc. Announces Hiring of Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. is pleased to announce that Patrick Cummins has been retained as the organization’s Executive Director. Mr. Cummins has served as the WCI, Inc. Executive Director on an interim basis since September 1, 2012.

Mr. Cummins has 25 years’ experience developing and managing environmental programs. As Executive Director, Mr. Cummins will be responsible for coordinating administrative and technical support for the emissions trading programs of WCI, Inc.’s participating jurisdictions.

“Patrick brings a unique set of experience and skills related to managing regional programs, including a strong history working with the WCI, Inc. jurisdictions” said WCI, Inc. Chair Matthew Rodriquez of California.

Mr. Cummins comes to WCI, Inc. from the Western Governors’ Association where he served as Director of Air Quality Programs (2000 – 2013) and as Director of the Western Regional Air Partnership (2000 – 2007). While at the Western Governors’ Association, Mr. Cummins also served as Project Manager for the Western Climate Initiative (2007 – 2012) prior to becoming the Executive Director of WCI, Inc. on an interim basis. Before joining the Western Governors’ Association, Mr. Cummins served as Deputy Director of the Regional Air Quality Council in Denver, Colorado.

WCI, Inc. was formed in November 2011 as a non-profit corporation to provide coordinated administrative and technical support to state and provincial greenhouse gas emissions trading programs. The annual salary for this position is $140,000.

March 18, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the May 16, 2013 Auction Notice

The Auction Notice is available on the ARB website.

February 22, 2013

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the February 19, 2013 auction results

The results are available on the ARB website.

February 6, 2013

The ARB has released the March 8, 2013 Reserve Sale Notice

The Reserve Sale Notice is available on the ARB website.

December 21, 2012

The California Air Resources Board has released the February 19, 2013 Auction Notice

The Auction Notice is posted on the ARB website.

November 19, 2012

The California Air Resources Board has released the November 14, 2012 auction results

The results are available here

October 10, 2012

Release 2.0 of the Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service

Western Climate Initiative, Incorporated (WCI, Inc.) announces Release 2.0 of the Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS). The new release of the application adds features and functionality to manage compliance instruments. The CITSS is currently used by the California Cap-and-Trade Program and the Canadian Province of Quebec's Cap-and-Trade Program.

For more information on the California Cap-and-Trade Program, please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/capandtrade.htm.

For more information on the Quebec Cap-and-Trade Program, please go to: http://www.mddep.gouv.qc.ca/changements/carbone/Systeme-plafonnement-droits-GES-en.htm#opening.

The California Air Resources Board CITSS help desk can be emailed at CACITSShelpdesk@arb.ca.gov or reached via telephone at: 916-324-7659.

For Quebec User Support please contact the Climate Change Bureau by phoning 418-521-3868, ext. 4681 or e-mailing spede-bcc@mddep.gouv.qc.ca.

September 18, 2012

Patrick Cummins Selected to Serve as Executive Director on Interim Basis

The Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. (WCI, Inc.) has selected Patrick Cummins to serve as Executive Director of the organization on an interim basis. Mr. Cummins has more than 25 years of management and environmental policy experience in local, state, and national government.

As Executive Director of WCI, Inc., Mr. Cummins will be responsible for managing organizational and operational activities to ensure that WCI, Inc. effectively delivers the administrative and technical support required by the participating jurisdictions.

For more information, contact Patrick Cummins, Executive Director, WCI, Inc., pcummins@wci-inc.org.

WCI, Inc.
980 Ninth Street, Suite 1600
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph. 916.449.9966

September 17, 2012

Auction Notice

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the Auction Notice for the California Cap-and-Trade Program Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Allowance Auction on November 14, 2012. The Auction Notice is posted on the ARB website at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auction/auction.htm.

August 6, 2012

Addendum to Help Desk RFP and Response to Bidder Questions

The Western Climate Initiative, Incorporated (WCI, Inc.) has posted two documents in regard to its July 24, 2012 request for proposals for Help Desk services.

The first document is an Addendum No. 1 to the RFP. The Addendum adds a project requirement for data retention in the US and/or Canada, adds a project requirement for a toll-free telephone number, and clarifies the requirements for Help Desk accessibility by persons with disabilities. The second document is a response to bidder questions submitted in writing by the August 1 deadline.

WCI, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed to provide administrative and technical support for the implementation of state and provincial greenhouse gas emissions trading programs. More information is available at: http://wci-inc.org.

August 3, 2012

Executive Director of WCI, Inc. Steps Down

Operations, programs to continue without interruption during search for a replacement

The Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. announced today that WCI, Inc. Executive Director Anita M. Burke has stepped down for personal reasons.

Burke was hired in March to establish and coordinate technical and administrative support for the emissions trading programs of WCI, Inc.'s participating jurisdictions, including the allowance auctions, market monitoring and tracking of carbon allowances and offsets.

A search for her replacement is underway. In the meantime, the development of support and administrative mechanisms for the emissions trading program will continue without interruption.

"Anita launched WCI, Inc.'s operations and initiated work on key systems to support the emissions trading programs," said WCI, Inc. Chair James N. Goldstene. "We will continue to develop and refine coordinated support services as we search for her replacement."

WCI, Inc. was formed in November 2011 as a non-profit corporation to provide coordinated administrative and technical services in support of state and provincial greenhouse gas emissions trading programs.

Contact: info@wci-inc.org

July 24, 2012

WCI, Inc. Issues RFP for Help Desk Services

The Western Climate Initiative, Incorporated (WCI, Inc.) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for help desk services for the fall 2012 release of the Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS). The RFP is posted at http://wci-inc.org/rfp.php.

Proposals are due by 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Contract execution is expected by September 21, and help desk services are expected to be in place by November 1. A one-hour bidder's conference will be hosted by WCI, Inc. at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Friday, July 27. Details for the bidder's conference are posted here.

Bidders are advised to join the WCI, Inc. electronic mailing list and to check the WCI, Inc. website for RFP updates.

July 18, 2012

WCI Inc. Announces Intent to Release Request for Proposals for Help Desk Services for the Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service

The Western Climate Initiative, Incorporated (WCI, Inc.) intends to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for help desk services for the fall 2012 release of the Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS). In July 2012, CITSS was released for Cap-and-Trade User Registration and Compliance Instrument Account Application activities. The fall 2012 CITSS release will enable registered users to track their holding, transfer, and surrender of compliance instruments. The contracted help desk services will support the fall release as well as assume help desk services for the July 2012 release, which are currently being provided by California and Québec government staff.

Initially, CITSS will support programs in California and Québec, requiring an estimated 900 accounts with 4,000 users during its first year of operation. The selected help desk contractor will respond to inquiries in English and French through live telephone support and email.

WCI, Inc. intends to release the help desk services RFP during the week of July 23, 2012. Proposals will be due five to six weeks later. The RFP will be available at http://www.wci-inc.org. When the RFP is available, subscribers to the WCI, Inc. listserver will receive a notice. To subscribe to the WCI, Inc. listserver, please visit the WCI, Inc. website at http://www.wci-inc.org.

March 22, 2012

Western Climate Initiative, Inc. Announces Hiring of Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. announced today that Anita M. Burke will become the organization's first Executive Director. Ms. Burke has 25 years of experience developing and implementing environmentally sound and economically successful business programs.

As Executive Director, Ms. Burke will be responsible for coordinating administrative support for the emissions trading programs of WCI, Inc.'s participating jurisdictions, including the allowance auctions, market monitoring, and tracking of carbon allowances and offsets.

"Anita brings a unique set of skills that combines business experience and a commitment to environmental excellence with a strong working knowledge of carbon markets" said WCI, Inc. Vice-Chair, Robert Noel de Tilly of Quebec.

In 2003, Ms. Burke founded The Catalyst Institute, an organization that has provided strategic and tactical guidance on climate and sustainability programs to multinational corporations, governments,universities,and small to medium sized businesses. Prior to that, Burke worked on sustainability and climate change issues for Shell, and on environmental health and safety in the refining industry. In the course of her professional experience, she has worked worldwide to help organizations define and manage their climate and energy risk, delivering profitable technical solutions.

Ms. Burke's expected start date is May 1. She is working with the WCI, Inc. Board of Directors to establish an office in California. WCI, Inc. expects to add additional staff in the coming months.

WCI, Inc. was formed in November 2011 as a non-profit corporation to provide coordinated administrative and technical services in support of state and provincial greenhouse gas emissions trading programs.

Contact: Patrick Cummins, WCI Project Manager, 970-884-4770

November 10, 2011

Western Climate Initiative jurisdictions establish non-profit corporation to support greenhouse gas emissions trading programs

The Western Climate Initiative is pleased to announce the creation of Western Climate Initiative, Inc. (WCI, Inc.), a new non-profit corporation formed to provide administrative and technical services to support the implementation of state and provincial greenhouse gas emissions trading programs. The initial Board of Directors for WCI, Inc. includes officials from the provinces of Quebec and British Columbia, and the State of California.

WCI, Inc. will:

  • Develop a compliance tracking system that tracks both allowances and offsets certificates;
  • Administer allowance auctions; and
  • Conduct market monitoring of allowance auctions and allowance and offset certificate trading.

Coordinating the acquisition and delivery of services through WCI, Inc. will ensure efficient technical and administrative support for the jurisdictions' emissions trading programs. By forming WCI, Inc. the participating jurisdictions are furthering their commitment to linking their respective greenhouse gas emissions trading programs. The services provided by WCI, Inc. can be expanded to support jurisdictions that join in the future.

British Columbia, California, Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba are continuing to work together through the Western Climate Initiative to develop and harmonize their emissions trading program policies. They are also continuing to work with Western, Midwestern, and Northeast states on a range of other climate and clean energy strategies through the North America 2050 Initiative. North America 2050 is a forum for states, provinces and stakeholders to identify leadership opportunities in climate and clean energy policy.

For more information visit the WCI website.