A Low-Carbon Fuel Standard for California Part 1: Technical Analysis

The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) was signed by California Governor Schwarzenegger as Executive Order S-1-07, calling for a statewide goal of reducing the carbon intensity of California's transportation fuels by at least ten percent by 2020. It also ordered the coordination of activities between the University of California, the California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the California Public Utility Commission (PUC) to develop and propose a draft compliance schedule to meet the 2020 Target. This report is the first of two and it focuses on the technical aspects of regulating the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. The study assesses the low-carbon fuels options that might be used in meeting the proposed standard. It evaluates multiple compliance pathways for an LCFS by presenting a number of scenarios for fuel mixes that might meet a 5, 10, and 15 percent standard. The report first presents brief descriptions of the key methods used in this study, focusing on the VISION model and the practice of life cycle assessment. It then presents brief descriptions of some of the fuels that might be used in complying with the LCFS. The report then discusses the potential for the production of these fuels in California. Finally, it presents the scenarios that were explored with the VISION model. Part 2, a separate document, addresses the regulatory design and various policy issues of the LCFS.

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    University of California, Berkeley

    Transportation Sustainability Research Center
    Richmond Field Station, 1301 South 46th Street, Building 190
    Richmond, CA  United States  94804-4648

    University of California, Davis

    Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616

    University of California, Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720-1720
  • Authors:
    • Farrell, Alexander E
    • Sperling, Daniel
  • Publication Date: 2007-5-29


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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  • Accession Number: 01056128
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCB-ITS-TSRC-RR-2007-2
  • Created Date: Aug 30 2007 3:34PM