Oregon Clean Fuels Program
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Clean Fuels Program Regulations
Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340 Division 253 - DEQ is providing this DRAFT copy of the Clean Fuels Program regulations as a courtesy. This is NOT an official version. The official, binding version of these rules approved by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission was filed with the Secretary of State and is yet to be published. This webpage will be updated when the official version is published.
The adopted rules go into effect Feb. 1, 2015
Timeline for program implementation
Beginning Feb. 1, 2015 – Importers should begin tracking fuel volumes using the new definition of importer.
Between Feb. 1 and June 30, 2015 - DEQ will reach out to all fuel providers to determine who meets the new definition of “importer”. Focus will be placed on providers of gasoline, diesel, ethanol and biodiesel. All new importers will need to complete the registration process by June 30.
Beginning July 1, 2015 – All regulated parties should begin complying with the new product transfer document and transfer-of-obligation requirements.
Between Feb. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015 – DEQ will reach out to providers of clean fuels. Credit generators who intend to provide clean fuels in 2016 and brokers should begin the registration process. Quarterly and annual reporting continues. DEQ will update its the CFP online system to track credit transactions.
The Clean Fuels Standards
Participation in the program
Regulated parties - Parties that import gasoline, diesel, denatured ethanol fuel and biodiesel for use in Oregon are regulated parties. Parties that produce denatured ethanol fuel and biodiesel in Oregon are also regulated parties.
Credit generators - Parties that provide clean fuels - fuels whose carbon intensity values are lower than the standard for the gasoline or diesel they substitute for - are eligible to be credit generators. Credit generators are not required to participate, but can choose to voluntarily participate if they want to generate credits for fuel they provide in Oregon.
Brokers - Parties that are not themselves a regulated party or a credit generator, but that are authorized by a regulated party or a credit generator to act on their behalf, can participate in the program to facilitate credit generation and credit trading.
Overview of the program requirements
Registration - Regulated parties, credit generators and brokers must register with DEQ before producing fuel in Oregon, importing fuel into Oregon or generating or transacting credits for fuels supplied in Oregon.
Pre-approved Carbon Intensity Values (Look-up Tables) - The tables were expanded to mirror California’s, to allow regulated parties to use the same fuel pathway codes and carbon intensity values in Oregon as in California. Pre-approved Oregon-specific carbon intensity values were also included for E10 and B5 (imported as blended finished fuels) and propane (because propane is not included in the California program). The look-up tables do not include indirect land-use change at this time.
Recordkeeping (product transfer documents) - Regulated parties, credit generators and brokers must keep records for each transaction of transportation fuel imported, sold or supplied for use in Oregon.
Transfer of Obligation - For regulated fuels, it depends on whether the recipient of the fuel is a large importer, small importer, producer or non-importer. If the recipient is a large importer, then the default is for the obligation to transfer to the recipient. If the recipient is a small importer, a producer or not an importer, then the default is for the obligation to remain with the transferor. The default can be overridden by written contract between the transferor and the recipient.
Reporting – Regulated parties, credit generators and brokers must submit quarterly progress reports and annual compliance reports. All reporting must be done using the CFP reporting tool.
The reports covering fuel transactions in 2015 are as follows:
Need a copy of OR-GREET? Call 503.229.5388 to get a copy.
Email Oregon Clean Fuels for more information on this program.
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