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Nutrient Credit Reports


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Trying to find credits?

If your facility is in need of credits to meet permit cap load requirements, view the 2019 Verified Nitrogen Credits (PDF) and 2019 Verified Phosphorus Credits (PDF) lists to see what credits are available and who has them. These lists are updated daily when changes occur.
Check out our Nutrient Credit Trade Negotiation and Register Your Nutrient Credit Trade at a glance summaries to find out how to buy credits.
Need to contact a credit generator on the verified credits lists?
Check out our Certified Generator Contact Information list.

Have credits to sell?

Certified Nonpoint Sources
If your verification plan calculations indicate that you generated credits, you can verify those credits and sell them.
Check out our Verify Your Nutrient Credits (Nonpoint Source), Nutrient Credit Trade Negotiation, and Register Your Nutrient Credit Trade at a glance summaries to find out how to sell credits.
Certified Point Sources
If your Annual Chesapeake Bay Spreadsheet v2.1 (Excel) indicates that you have generated credits after all data has been entered (after September 30th), you can verify those credits and sell them.
Check out our Verify Your Nutrient Credits (Point Source), Nutrient Credit Trade Negotiation, and Register Your Nutrient Credit Trade at a glance summaries to find out how to sell credits.
Not sure if you are Certified?
Check out our Certified Generator Certification ID list to see if you are certified and get your current certification ID.

Overview

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) maintains a registry with information on credit certification, verified credits, and credits that are registered as sold.

The program is based on a Compliance Year (CY) that runs from October 1st to September 30th. Detailed information concerning the number of certified, verified, and registered credits is listed below.

Wastewater Treatment Plants that are buying and/or selling credits must use the current Annual Chesapeake Bay Spreadsheet v2.1 (Excel) (Annual Nutrient Monitoring) to ensure accurate accounting.

Credit Certification

Certification means approval has been given by DEP for a pollutant reduction activity to generate credits. The approved credit generator may or may not generate credits during a compliance year. Generated credits must be verified by DEP before they may be sold and registered to an NPDES permit.

  • Certified Generator Certification IDs (PDF)
    This is a list of the certification ID numbers for all currently certified generators. These certification IDs should be used for CY 2019 verification and registration requests during the CY 2019 truing period (October 1 – November 28, 2019).
  • Certified Generator Contact Information (PDF)
    The certified generator contact information in this list is provided to facilitate communication between buyers and sellers. If your contact information needs updated, please email updated contact information to RA-EPPANUTRIENTTRAD@pa.gov.

Point Sources (PS)

All NPDES-permitted Significant Sewage Point Source discharges within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed with cap loads and listed in the Point Source Credit Generators Table (PDF) that meet credit generation requirements (see Credit Generation Process) have the potential to generate credits under a mass certification. However, not all PS generate credits in a compliance year.

  • PS Nutrient Credit Generators (PDF)
    A list of PS which verified credits in CY 2018. All PS have the potential to generate credits, but this list is intended to assist buyers with identifying the more likely potential sources of credits and how many credit they verified in the previous compliance year.
  • Point Source Credit Generators Table (PDF)
    A list of PS eligible to generate nutrient credits (Table 7.1 of the Phase 2 WIP Wastewater Supplement)
  • Permitted facilities  (Instructions)
    A report identifying facilities with NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) and WQM (Water Quality Management) permits. The results include contact information for each facility. Only facilities listed in the Point Source Credit Generators Table (Table 7.1 of the Phase 2 WIP Wastewater Supplement) are eligible to generate credits.

Nonpoint Sources (NPS)

  • NPS Nutrient Credit Generators (PDF)
    A list of all currently certified NPS credit generators that have the potential to generate credits. The list will be updated periodically.
Credit Verification

Verification means approval has been given by DEP that a generator has used their approved verification plan to demonstrate that a pollutant reduction activity generated credits during the compliance year. Verified credits may be sold.

The following links contain information on which credit generators may have verified credits for sale.

CY 2019 (10/1/18 — 9/30/19)

  • 2019 Verified Nitrogen Credits (PDF)
    All Nitrogen credit generators that have verified credits in CY 2019, including how many credits they have verified and sold to date
  • 2019 Verified Phosphorus Credits (PDF)
    All Phosphorus credit generators that have verified credits in CY 2019, including how many credits they have verified and sold to date

Please note: Credits verified for the current compliance year may be in the process of being sold and registered. Credit buyers should contact the credit generator to check to see if the credits are still available for purchase. Lists will be updated periodically.

CY 2018 (10/1/17 — 9/30/18)

  • 2018 Verified Nitrogen Credits (PDF)
    All Nitrogen credit generators that have verified credits in CY 2018, including how many credits they have verified and sold to date (updated Nov. 30, 2018)
  • 2018 Verified Phosphorus Credits (PDF)
    All Phosphorus credit generators that have verified credits in CY 2018, including how many credits they have verified and sold to date (updated Nov. 30, 2018)

CY 2017 (10/1/16 — 9/30/17)

  • 2017 Verified Nitrogen Credits (PDF)
    All Nitrogen credit generators that have verified credits in CY 2017, including how many credits they have verified and sold to date (updated Nov. 30, 2017)
  • 2017 Verified Phosphorus Credits (PDF)
    All Phosphorus credit generators that have verified credits in CY 2017, including how many credits they have verified and sold to date (updated Dec. 5, 2017)

CY 2016 (10/1/15 – 9/30/16)

  • 2016 Verified Nitrogen Credits (PDF)
    All Nitrogen credit generators that verified credits in CY 2016, including how many credits they verified and sold (updated Jan. 10, 2017)
  • 2016 Verified Phosphorus Credits (PDF) (PDF)
    All Phosphorus credit generators that verified credits in CY 2016, including how many credits they verified and sold (updated Jan. 10, 2017)

CY 2015 (10/1/14 – 9/30/15)

  • 2015 Verified Nitrogen Credits (PDF)
    All 2015 Nitrogen credit generators that verified credits in CY 2015, including how many credits they verified and sold (updated Nov. 30, 2015)
  • 2015 Phosphorus Generators (PDF)
    All 2015 Phosphorus credit generators that verified credits in CY 2015, including how many credits they verified and sold (updated Nov. 30, 2015)

CY 2014 (10/1/13 – 9/30/14)

  • 2014 Verified Nitrogen Generators (PDF)
    All 2014 Nitrogen credit generators that verified credits in CY 2014, including how many credits they verified and sold (updated Nov. 30, 2014)
  • 2014 Verified Phosphorus Generators (PDF)
    All 2014 Phosphorus credit generators that verified credits in CY 2014, including how many credits they verified and sold (updated Nov. 30, 2014)

CY 2013 (10/1/12 – 9/30/13)

  • 2013 Verified Nitrogen Generators (PDF)
    All 2013 Nitrogen credit generators that verified credits in CY 2013, including how many credits they verified and sold (updated Nov. 30, 2013)
  • 2013 Verified Phosphorus Generators (PDF)
    All 2013 Phosphorus credit generators that verified credits in CY 2013, including how many credits they verified and sold (updated Nov. 30, 2013)
Credit Registration

Registration means approval has been given by DEP for a sale of credits upon review of an agreement between a buyer and seller. Registered credits may be applied to meet NPDES permit cap load requirements or resold.

The following links contain information related to the buyers and sellers involved in DEP-approved registrations.

CY 2019 (10/1/18 – 9/30/19)

NOTE: These lists will be updated periodically.

CY 2018 (10/1/17 – 9/30/18)

  • 2018 Nutrient Buyers Summary (PDF)
    A list of facilities that purchased nutrient credits in CY 2018, including the total Nitrogen and Phosphorus credits bought by each facility (updated Nov. 30, 2018)
  • 2018 Nutrient Sellers Summary (PDF)
    A list of all nutrient credit sellers (generators, aggregators, brokers) in CY 2018 (updated Nov. 30, 2018)
  • 2018 Registration Details (PDF)
    Individual nutrient trading transactions (credits bought/sold) in CY 2018 (updated Nov. 30, 2018)

CY 2017 (10/1/16 – 9/30/17)

  • 2017 Nutrient Buyers Summary (PDF)
    A list of facilities that purchased nutrient credits in CY 2017, including the total Nitrogen and Phosphorus credits bought by each facility (updated Dec. 5, 2017)
  • 2017 Nutrient Sellers Summary (PDF)
    A list of all nutrient credit sellers (generators, aggregators, brokers) in CY 2017 (updated Feb. 1, 2018)
  • 2017 Registration Details (PDF)
    Individual nutrient trading transactions (credits bought/sold) in CY 2017 (updated Dec. 5, 2017)

CY 2016 (10/1/15 – 9/30/16)

  • 2016 Nutrient Buyers Summary (PDF)
    A list of facilities that purchased nutrient credits in CY 2016, including the total Nitrogen and Phosphorus credits bought by each facility (updated Jan. 10, 2017)
  • 2016 Registration Details (PDF)
    Individual nutrient trading transactions (credits bought/sold) in CY 2016 (updated Feb. 17, 2017)

CY 2015 (10/1/14 – 9/30/15)

  • 2015 Nutrient Buyers Summary (PDF)
    A list of facilities that purchased nutrient credits in CY 2015, including the total Nitrogen and Phosphorus credits bought by each facility (updated Nov. 30, 2015)
  • 2015 Registration Details (PDF)
    Individual nutrient trading transactions (credits bought/sold) in CY 2015 (updated Nov. 30, 2015)

CY 2014 (10/1/13 – 9/30/14)

  • 2014 Nutrient Buyers Summary (PDF)
    A list of facilities that purchased nutrient credits in CY 2014, including the total Nitrogen and Phosphorus credits bought by each facility (updated Nov. 30, 2014)
  • 2014 Registration Details (PDF) (PDF)
    Individual nutrient trading transactions (credits bought/sold) in CY 2014 (updated Nov. 30, 2014)

CY 2013 (10/1/12 – 9/30/13)

  • 2013 Nutrient Buyers Summary (PDF)
    A list of facilities that purchased nutrient credits in CY 2013, including the total Nitrogen and Phosphorus credits bought by each facility (updated Nov. 30, 2013)
  • 2013 Registration Details (PDF)
    Individual nutrient trading transactions (credits bought/sold) in CY 2013 (updated Nov. 30, 2013)

PENNVEST Auction Historical Data

From CY 2010 through CY 2018, PENNVEST worked in conjunction with DEP to host auctions for nutrient credits through IHS Markit. Information about those specific auction results can be found on the IHS Markit PENNVEST Nutrient Credit Trading Program page. All trades facilitated by the auction are included in the registration reports above.

Deadlines

Request submissions are logged in and processed in the order they are received. See the Credit Trading Process page for more details on the request submission process.

To ensure processing can be completed in time for credits to be sold and applied to permit limits no later than the November 28th Chesapeake Bay annual DMR submission deadline, submit complete requests for compliance year 2019 (10/1/18 – 9/30/19) electronically to the Nutrient Credit Trading Program email (RA-EPPANutrientTrad@pa.gov) by the following dates:

  • Certification Requests: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • Verification Requests: Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Registration Requests: Monday, November 18, 2019

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday on November 28, 2019, requests for Compliance Year 2019 must be received by midnight, November 26, 2019, to be accepted and processed.

Contact Us

For further information, contact:

Nutrient Trading
Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Clean Water – Division of Operations
RCSOB, P.O. Box 8774
Harrisburg, PA 17105
(717) 787-6744
RA-EPPANutrientTrad@pa.gov

The information outlined on this website is intended to supplement existing requirements. Nothing on this site shall affect regulatory requirements. The information herein is not an adjudication or a regulation. There is no intent on the part of DEP to give the information on this website that weight or deference. This information establishes the framework, within which DEP will exercise its administrative discretion in the future. DEP reserves the discretion to deviate from this statement if circumstances warrant.