4.A dispatch agreement facility that has been certified pursuant to section 5 of P.L.2007, c.340 (C.26:2C-49) shall be eligible to purchase allowances at the price of $2 per allowance, pursuant to subsection a. of this section.
a.At least once each year, the department shall notify the owners and operators of dispatch agreement facilities of the opportunity to purchase allowances at the price of $2 per allowance. Any offer by the department to sell allowances shall be for the quantity of allowances equal to the average annual carbon dioxide emissions for the dispatch agreement facility for the prior three-year period as determined by the department.
b.Within 30 days after receiving the notice required pursuant to subsection a. of this section, an owner or operator of a dispatch agreement facility shall notify the department whether it will accept the offer to purchase allowances and specify the quantity of allowances to be purchased up to the quantity determined pursuant to subsection a. of this section.
c.For any allowances not purchased by an owner or operator of a dispatch agreement facility pursuant to subsections a. and b. of this section, an owner or operator of a dispatch agreement facility shall purchase such allowances in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by the department pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2007, c.340 (C.26:2C-47).
d.Any allowances purchased from the department pursuant to subsections a. and b. of this section and that are unused by a dispatch agreement facility for compliance at the end of a compliance period shall be assigned thereafter to the department.
e.The opportunity to purchase allowances pursuant to this section shall be limited to dispatch agreement facilities with power agreements that were executed prior to January 1, 2002, and the offer to purchase allowances shall expire upon termination or expiration of such agreement or when the services under a new contract become effective, whichever occurs earlier.
L.2007, c.340, s.4.