AQ Programs

The 2009 Oregon Legislature passed HB 2186 authorizing the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules to reduce the average carbon intensity of Oregon’s transportation fuels by 10 percent over a 10-year period. The 2015 Oregon Legislature passed SB 324 allowing DEQ to fully implement the Clean Fuels Program in 2016. The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed HB 2017 to include cost containment provisions for the program. The program is codified in ORS 468A.275 and are adopted in the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340 Division 253. Below is a summary of DEQ’s work to develop and implement the Clean Fuels Program.

Summary of advisory committee activity

In 2016-2017, DEQ convened a 29-member advisory committee whose objective was to discuss and provide input on the following topics:
  • A methodology to implement the Forecasted Fuel Supply Deferral mechanism
  • Updates to the illustrative compliance scenarios from the 2014 study
  • Development of new illustrative compliance scenarios for the program
  • The need for additional cost containment measures in the program and the design of those measures if they are needed
  • Other topics, as identified by DEQ staff
The advisory committee met 7 times to make recommendations on program design and analyze the economic impact of implementing the proposed updates to the Clean Fuels Program.
 

2015 Clean Fuels Program updates rulemaking advisory committee

In 2015, DEQ convened a 20-member advisory committee whose objective was to discuss and provide input on key program requirements needed prior to beginning carbon reductions in 2016 that included:
  • Implementing SB324
  • Updating carbon intensities
  • Streamlining the process to participate in the program
  • Providing additional flexibility for regulated parties to comply
  • Establishing enforcement provisions
The advisory committee met three times to make recommendations on program design and analyze the economic impact of implementing the proposed updates to the 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. Findings and recommendations from DEQ can be found in the final report. At the conclusion of the advisory committee in 2010, DEQ asked members to provide their final thoughts on the advisory committee process.
 
Date Approval Supporting Documents Notes
​Aug. 18, 2016 ​Permanent Corrections ​Permanent Corrections
Final adopted rules
​On Aug. 18, 2016, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission adopted permanent rule changes to correct errors in the clean fuels standards.
​April 21, 2016
​Temporary Corrections
DEQ’s staff report
Final adopted rules
On April 21, 2016, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission adopted temporary rule changes to correct errors in the clean fuels standards.
Dec. 9, 2015 ​Permanent Updates DEQ’s staff report
Final Adopted rules
​On Dec. 9, 2015, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission adopted updates to the Oregon Clean Fuels Program to begin carbon reductions on Jan. 1, 2016.
​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.