AQ Programs

On March 10, Governor Brown issued an executive order that directed multiple state agencies to take action to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of this effort, the Governor directed DEQ and EQC to expand the Clean Fuels Program to increase the availability of low-carbon transportation fuels for Oregonians.

The Clean Fuels Program currently requires companies to reduce the average amount of greenhouse gas emissions per unit of fuel by 10% below 2015 levels by 2025. The executive order directs the program to reduce emissions by 20% by 2030 and 25% by 2035, the most aggressive goal in the country. DEQ will develop rules to implement the executive order requirement and present them to the Environmental Quality Commission for adoption.

The Clean Fuels Program is a key component of Oregon’s plan to reduce greenhouse gases including creating cleaner cars, using cleaner fuels and reducing the amount that Oregonians drive. In addition to reducing greenhouse gases, the program has other benefits including reductions in other air pollutants, improvements to public health and increased energy security.


The purpose of the backstop aggregator is to capture the lost value of residential electric vehicle charging if an electric utility does not opt into the CFP. In the case where credits are stranded, the backstop aggregator will serve as the agent. DEQ will work with the selected entity to generate and sell credits and use the proceeds to promote and support transportation electrification across the state.

Oregon Revised Statutes (2017) Chapter 750, Section 163 authorizes the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA), with substantial assistance from DEQ, to produce annually a forecast regarding deficits and credits owing to fossil and alternative fuel consumption, as well as the availability of fossil and alternative fuels in Oregon. In particular, the forecast is to determine whether fuel supply will be sufficient to generate alternative fuel (ethanol, electricity, and diesel substitutes - including biodiesel, renewable diesel, natural gas, and propane) credits to meet the scheduled applicable low carbon fuel standards for the compliance period.  The forecast report is required to include an assessment of banked deficits and credits at the beginning of the compliance period. The Clean Fuels Forecast is issued annually on Oct. 1.


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

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