A Low-Carbon Fuel Standard for California Part 2: Policy Analysis

The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), signed by California Governor Schwarzenegger as Executive Order S-1-07, calls 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. Part 1 of the study evaluated the technical feasibility of achieving a ten percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels in California by 2020. This report is part 2 of the study, and it examines a number specific policy issues that are necessary in order to achieve this 2020 target. The report first provides background on policy issues and relevant experiences elsewhere in the U.S. and the U.K. It then describes the primary program design elements that are needed in order to implement the LCFS. Measurement and certification issues as well as key related policy issues are discussed. Recommendations are offered directed at assisting the CARB, CEC, and PUC in addressing the numerous issues involved in designing a low carbon fuel standard. An appendix is included describing the structure of the oil, electricity, and natural gas industries in California.

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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: 2007-8-1


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 91p

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  • Accession Number: 01056116
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCB-ITS-TSRC-RR-2007-3
  • Created Date: Aug 30 2007 5:10PM