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Clean Fuels Program Regulations

Here is a link to a factsheet that provides the most recent updates to the Clean Fuels Program. The comment period for the rulemaking is closed.

Program participation

Regulated parties - Parties that import gasoline, diesel, ethanol and biodiesel for use in Oregon are regulated parties. Parties that produce ethanol and biodiesel in Oregon are also regulated parties.

  • An “importer” is the party that has ownership title to transportation fuel from locations outside Oregon at the time it is brought into the state of Oregon by any means of transport other than in the fuel tank of a motor vehicle for the purpose of propelling the motor vehicle.
  • A “producer” is the party that makes the fuel in Oregon.

Note: If a party imports sub-octane gasoline and subsequently blends ethanol to produce a finished fuel, it does not register as a producer but as an importer of blendstocks.

Credit generators - Parties that provide clean fuels 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 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 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.

Here are the new DEQ-approved registration forms:

For fuels that have a California Air Resources Board-approved or pending pathway, please provide those pathways. For fuels not approved in California, use the new look-up tables in OAR 340-253: Table 3 in -8030 for gasoline and gasoline substitutes or Table 4 in -8040 for diesel and diesel substitutes to find the pathway that most closely matches the description of your fuel pathway.

Need a copy of OR-GREET? Call 503-229-5388 or toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011, ext. 5388 to get a copy.

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.

Note: OAR 340-253-0040(47) defines “product transfer document” as a document that conveys information about the transfer of ownership of fuel from a regulated party to the fuel recipient. This product transfer document does not have to be a single document; it can also be a combination of documents that, in combination, satisfy the entirety of the recordkeeping requirements.

Transfer of Obligation - For gasoline, diesel, ethanol and biodiesel, the transfer of the compliance obligation depends on whether the fuel recipient is a large importer, small importer, producer or not an importer. If the recipient is a large importer, then by default the obligation transfers to the recipient. If the recipient is a small importer, a producer or not an importer, the obligation defaults to remain with the transferor. The default can be overridden by written contract between the transferor and the recipient.

Note: Here is a table of registered parties that DEQ has already approved. It is the recipient’s responsibility to notify the transferor of its regulatory status before the transaction. DEQ does not require that such a notice be in writing and that language in the sellers contract either passing or retaining the obligation would be sufficient to document that such a notification took place.

Reporting – Regulated parties, credit generators and brokers must submit quarterly progress reports and annual compliance reports to DEQ. See Table 5 in OAR 340-253 for specific requirements. All reporting must be done using the CFP Online System. Please do not register as a user until DEQ approves your registration application. The next due dates are:

Aug. 31, 2015 – Q2 progress report due
Nov. 30, 2015 - Q3 progress report due
Feb. 29, 2016 - Q4 progress report due

For more information on this program, call 503-229-5388 (toll-free in Oregon at 800-452-4011, ext. 5388) or email Oregon Clean Fuels.

For more information on this program, call 503-229-5388 (toll-free in Oregon at 800-452-4011, ext. 5388) or email.
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Email Oregon Clean Fuels for more information on this program.

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