More Interesting Information About Clean Fuels
How much do clean fuels cost?
The U.S. Department of Energy publishes a monthly Alternative Fuel Price Report which provides regional alternative and conventional fuel prices for biodiesel blends, compressed natural gas, E85, propane, gasoline and diesel. Prices may vary locally depending on location and wholesale vs. retail prices.
Where can I get clean fuels in Oregon?
The U.S. Department of Energy also publishes an interactive map of where to find biodiesel blends, compressed natural gas, electricity, E85, hydrogen, liquefied natural gas and propane.
Other Complementary Programs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for developing and implementing regulations to ensure that transportation fuel sold in the United States contains a minimum volume of renewable fuel. The Renewable Fuel Standard program regulations were developed in collaboration with refiners, renewable fuel producers and many other stakeholders.
Oregon renewable fuel standards
The Oregon Department of Agriculture administers the Oregon renewable fuel standards, which mandate that a certain percentage of renewable fuels (biodiesel and ethanol) must be blended into Oregon’s motor vehicle fuels. Currently, the mandated blend rate is 10 percent ethanol in gasoline and 5 percent biodiesel in diesel.
Oregon 10-year energy action plan
Oregon’s 10-Year Energy Action Plan outlines strategies to meet energy efficiency, renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction and transportation objectives, with strategies that help create investment opportunities, keeping more capital circulating in Oregon.
Oregon Statewide Transportation Strategy
The “Oregon Statewide Transportation Strategy: A 2050 Vision for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction,” was approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission on March 20, 2013. It is a state-level scenario planning effort that examines all aspects of the transportation system, including movement of people and goods, and identifies a combination of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Oregon Global Warming Commission
In 2007 Oregon set a 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goal that is almost 30 percent below today's levels. In 2010 the Oregon Global Warming Commission began the “Roadmap to 2020” project that will offer recommendations for how Oregon can meet its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goal (“10 percent below 1990 levels”), get a head start toward its 2050 goal (“at least 75 percent below 1990 levels”) and build a prosperous, clean-energy-based 21st century state economy.
Governor’s Clean Fuels Advisory Committee
The Clean Fuels Advisory Committee was created by Gov. Kitzhaber in 2014 to help answer questions about how to leverage the economic potential of clean fuels in Oregon and accelerate job creation and investment. The committee presented its final recommendations, which called on the Legislature to lift the sunset on the state’s Clean Fuels Program and strengthen consumer protections, citing the program’s potential to create jobs, position the state as a leader in alternative fuel production and save Oregonians more than a billion dollars in fuel costs. Passage of Senate Bill 324 in March 2015 lifted the program’s sunset date.
Efforts to Develop Regional Policy for Clean Fuels
Pacific Coast Collaborative
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.
California Low Carbon Fuel Standards
Executive Order S-1-07, issued on Jan. 18, 2007, calls for a reduction of at least 10 percent in the carbon intensity of California's transportation fuels by 2020. It instructed the California Environmental Protection Agency to coordinate activities between the University of California, California Energy Commission and other state agencies to develop and propose a draft compliance schedule to meet the 2020 target. Furthermore, it directed the California Air Resources Board ARB to consider initiating regulatory proceedings to establish and implement the low carbon fuel standard. In response, the board identified the low carbon fuel standard as an early action item with regulations to be adopted and implemented by 2010.
State of Washington
Gov. Jay Inslee's Executive Order 14-04 outlines a series of steps to reduce carbon pollution in Washington state. Because transportation is the largest source of carbon pollution in Washington, cleaner fuels are considered as part of the solution to reduce carbon pollution.
British Columbia Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation
The Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation reduces British Columbia's reliance on non-renewable fuels, helps reduce the environmental impact of transportation fuels and contributes to a new, low-carbon economy. The regulation allows British Columbia to set benchmarks for the amount of renewable fuel in the province’s transportation fuel blends, reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels and meet its commitment to adopt a low-carbon fuel standard.
Partnerships to Promote Clean Fuel Production in the Pacific Northwest
Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest
This U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded consortium of universities and industry partners is developing a Pacific Northwest biofuel industry that provides 100 percent renewable and infrastructure-compatible transportation fuels derived from sustainably-grown hardwoods.
Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance
This alliance takes a holistic approach to building a supply chain using a large variety of feedstocks (from construction waste to forest residues) to create a sustainable industry to produce aviation biofuels and important co-products.
For more information on this program, call 503-229-5388 or email Oregon Clean Fuels.
For more information about DEQ air quality programs, call 503-229-5359 or email us.