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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 will help reduce these emissions and create a more efficient transportation system. 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 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. In addition to carbon reduction, the Clean Fuels Program helps Oregon reduce the state’s dependence on traditional petroleum fuels. DEQ is currently implementing the program’s first phase, which entails collection of data from fuel importers and producers. Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission adopted rules for the first phase of the Oregon Clean Fuels program in December 2012 and amended them in December 2013.

DEQ drafting rules for next phase of Clean Fuels Program

In February 2014 Gov. John Kitzhaber directed DEQ to draft rules for the next phase of the Clean Fuels Program, which include the requirement to reduce the carbon content of Oregon’s transportation fuels. The new rulemaking will build on the existing rules designed by DEQ and its Low Carbon Fuel Standards Advisory Committee in 2010 and 2011. It will establish key requirements for implementing the next phase of the Clean Fuels Program, including:

  • Setting carbon reduction standards and compliance options
  • Defining obligations for fuel importers and producers
  • Establishing metrics for monitoring fuel supplies and prices
  • Establishing periodic program reviews

DEQ will convene a series of advisory committee meetings in May through July 2014 to review new information and seek input from experts on specific design elements of Oregon’s program. Dates for these meetings will be added here as soon as details are available. DEQ will also seek public comment on all aspects of the proposed rule during the third quarter of 2014 when DEQ opens a formal public comment period. DEQ will consider all comments before preparing a final rule proposal for consideration by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission by the end of 2014.

More information about the Phase 2 Rulemaking Advisory Committee

For updates on the Clean Fuels Program, please click on the green envelope in the upper left corner of this web page.

Currently the Clean Fuels Program has a statutorily required sunset date of Dec. 31, 2015 which means that DEQ cannot implement the program beyond that date. It is expected that the 2015 Oregon Legislature will consider whether or not to lift the 2015 sunset date so the program can continue to be implemented beyond Jan. 1, 2016.

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.

For more information on this program, call 503-229-5388 or email Oregon Clean Fuels.

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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 811 SW Sixth Ave., Portland, OR 97204-1390
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
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