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Oregon Clean Fuels Program

Oregon Clean Fuels Program

Approximately one-third of Oregon's greenhouse gases come from transportation sources. Providing cleaner fuels such as lower carbon ethanol and biodiesel, electricity, natural gas, biogas and propane will help reduce these emissions. Oregon's 10 Year Energy Action Plan, Transportation Planning Strategy, and the Global Warming Commission's Roadmap to 2020 all cite lower carbon transportation fuels as being a critical piece of Oregon's environmental and economic future.

Background

The Oregon Clean Fuels Program, approved in HB 2186 by the 2009 Oregon Legislature, aims to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas pollution by lowering the carbon content of transportation fuel used in the state. The Clean Fuels Program also seeks to create economic development opportunities in Oregon, increase the state’s energy security and reduce air pollution for healthy communities.

DEQ is implementing the program in phases. Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission adopted the first phase of rules in December 2012. These rules allowed DEQ to collect information about fuels currently being imported into the state through reports submitted by fuel importers. DEQ has collected this information and is using it to create a baseline to measure future reductions against.

Clean Fuels Program’s Next Phase

In February 2014 Gov. John Kitzhaber directed DEQ to draft rules for the next phase of the program, which includes the requirement to reduce the carbon content of Oregon’s transportation fuels by 10 percent over a 10-year period. This reduction represents about 280 million metric tons of greenhouse gases reductions through 2025. A 20-member advisory committee met this summer to provide input into the how the program is designed. Learn more about the advisory committee process here.

In addition to the advisory committee, DEQ contracted with a consultant to analyze different ways Oregon’s fuels industry could comply with the carbon reduction requirements, also known as the clean fuel standards. Four scenarios were created to demonstrate how fuel importers can meet the standards using conventional gasoline and diesel fuel, supplemented with cleaner, lower carbon fuels, like ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, electricity, natural gas, biogas or propane. View the final report here.

Phase 2 Rulemaking Process: Comment Period Closed

DEQ accepted comments from the public on this proposed rule from Oct. 1 through Nov. 25, 2014. Public hearings were held on Nov.6 and Nov. 20. View all of the presentations from the meeting here. View all of the comments here.

DEQ will consider all comments before preparing a final rule proposal for consideration by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission on Jan. 7-8, 2015.

2015 Oregon Legislature and the program’s sunset

The Clean Fuels Program has a statutorily required sunset date of Dec. 31, 2015. The 2015 Oregon Legislature will consider whether or not to remove the sunset. If the legislature does not remove the sunset, then DEQ cannot implement the program beyond that date. If the legislature removes the sunset, then DEQ will continue to implement the program beyond 2015.

Working with Regional Partners

In October 2013, the leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, committing their governments to combat climate change and promote clean energy. A major feature of the plan is to adopt and maintain low carbon fuel standards in each jurisdiction.

British Columbia and California are currently implementing low carbon fuel standards; and Oregon and Washington are considering them. There is ongoing coordination between the jurisdictions on key issues such as:

  • Availability of low carbon fuels for the West Coast region
  • Quantifying direct and indirect emissions over the lifecycle of fuels
  • Development and use of a common reporting tool
  • Design of provisions to contain costs of implementing the standards.

Over time, these programs may lead to an integrated West Coast market for low carbon fuels.

More information

The Clean Fuels Program Phase 1 Regulations - Are you an Oregon producer or importer of transportation fuels? Everything you need to know to be in compliance.

The History of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program - The rulemaking process and public participation including: advisory committee proceedings, workshop materials, reports, written public comments, audio files of oral testimony, formal rulemaking documents and more.

Questions and Answers - Questions that we hear most often from Oregonians.

Want to Know More about Clean Fuels? – Links to related information and projects.

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