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The History of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program

The 2009 Oregon Legislature asked DEQ to create a program that would reduce greenhouse gases from transportation fuels in Oregon through the passage of House Bill 2186. DEQ developed the Oregon Clean Fuels program with assistance from a broad base of industry and environmental interests; other local, regional and state agencies; and experts in the fields of transportation and economic analysis.

Date

Approval

Supporting Documents

Notes

Jan. 7, 2015

Permanent Phase 2 Rules

DEQ’s staff report
Final adopted rules

On Jan. 7, 2015, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission adopted Phase 2 rules for the Oregon Clean Fuels Program.

June 19, 2014

Permanent Improvements to Phase 1

DEQ’s staff report
Final adopted rules

On June 19, 2014, the Environmental Quality Commission adopted permanent rule changes to the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, eliminating unnecessary requirements.

February 2014

Direction from Governor’s Office

Read Governor Kitzhaber’s letter to DEQ

In February 2014, Governor Kitzhaber asked DEQ to fully implement the Clean Fuels Program by drafting rules for Phase 2 of the program.

Dec. 13, 2013

Temporary Improvements to Phase 1

DEQ’s staff report
Final adopted rules

On Dec. 11, 2013, the Environmental Quality Commission adopted temporary rule changes to the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, eliminating unnecessary requirements.

Dec. 7, 2012

Permanent Phase 1 Rules

DEQ’s staff report
Final adopted rules

On Dec. 7, 2012, the Environmental Quality Commission adopted Phase 1 rules for the Oregon Clean Fuels Program

April 2012

Direction from Governor’s Office

Read Governor Kitzhaber’s letter to DEQ

In April 2012, Governor Kitzhaber asked DEQ to begin the rulemaking process for the Oregon Clean Fuels Program.

2014 Clean Fuels Program Phase 2 Rulemaking Advisory Committee
In 2014, DEQ convened a 20-member advisory committee whose objective was to discuss and provide input on key program requirements needed to implement Phase 2 of the program that broadly include:

  • Carbon reduction standards and compliance options
  • Obligations for fuel importers and producers
  • Metrics/mechanisms for monitoring and managing fuel supplies and prices
  • Periodic program reviews

The advisory committee met three times to make recommendations on program design and analyze the economic impact of implementing phase 2 of the Clean Fuels Program.

2012 Clean Fuels Program Phase 1 Rulemaking Fiscal Advisory Committee

DEQ convened a 13-member advisory committee to analyze the economic impact of implementing Phase 1 of the clean fuels program.

2010 Low Carbon Fuel Standards Advisory Committee
DEQ convened a 29-member advisory committee whose objective was to help DEQ design a program that reflects the best approach for Oregon and is consistent with HB 2186, effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, flexible for regulated parties, and realistic to implement. The advisory committee met 13 times throughout 2010 to make recommendations on program features and analyze the economic impact of implementing a clean fuels program for Oregon. At the conclusion of the advisory committee in 2010, DEQ asked members to provide their final thoughts on the advisory committee process.

 


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