Adopted rule

Administrative Order No. DEQ 13-2015
Filed: Dec. 10, 2015; Effective: Jan. 1, 2016
See Oregon Bulletin January 2016    

Cory Ann Wind503-229-5388

This rulemaking amends the Oregon Clean Fuels Program’s existing rules. It clarifies critical elements needed before the program’s first compliance year, which begins Jan. 1, 2016.
It exempts certain transportation fuels from the program and clarifies that the definition of a small importer of transportation fuels is exempt from having to meet the clean fuel standards. These rule amendments also update the version of models used to calculate carbon intensity in Oregon, including OR-GREET (an Oregon version of the Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy Transportation model) and incorporate the Indirect Land-Use Change model, known as ILUC. In addition, it updates petroleum fuels to include the Oil Production Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimator, or OPGEE. Finally, these rules modify the carbon intensity pathway approval process for the program.
The 2009 Legislature authorized the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission to adopt low carbon fuel standards in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Oregon’s transportation fuels. The Department of Environmental Quality implements this legislation through the Oregon Clean Fuels Program.

The EQC adopted rules for the program’s first phase in December 2012: registration, recordkeeping and reporting requirements. The commission adopted rules for the second phase of the program in January 2015: carbon reduction requirements. On March 12, 2015, Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 324, which removes the Dec. 31, 2015 sunset date and allows DEQ to move forward with implementing the Clean Fuels Program.

The purpose of this rulemaking is to incorporate SB 324 into the program and consider other key updates needed to begin implementation on Jan. 1, 2016. The purpose of this advisory committee is to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to provide their expert input on technical issues, as well as the fiscal and economic impact of the proposed rules, when compared to the previous adopted rulemaking.
Aug. 25, 2015
The advisory committee meetings are open to the public and accessible via call-in number. They will be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless stated otherwise in the meeting agenda. The meetings will be advertised on DEQ's webpage.
Aug. 12, 2015
July 27, 2015

​Public involvement

View Comments
Public comment closed at 4 p.m., Oct. 21, 2015.
Public Notice Packet 
includes invitation to comment, notice, and draft rules

EQC action

EQC meeting held Dec. 9, 2015
Resolution: Adopted Rules