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October 8, 2018

CARB Boosts LCFS Carbon Intensity Reduction Requirement to 20 Percent

CARB has approved doubling the carbon intensity requirement of transportation fuels to 20 percent by 2030, making California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard the strictest in the nation. This move aligns the standard with the state’s target of reducing climate-changing emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, per 2016’s SB 32. The standard currently requires a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of California’s transportation fuels by 2020. Also, the standard now allows utilities to collect LCFS credits through electric vehicle charging stations and hydrogen refueling facilities. The proceeds from the sale of these utility credits will help fund consumer rebates for electric vehicles. These amendments will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

While the Coalition is supportive of more aggressive targets, it remains concerned about the threat to the program’s fuel neutrality. In August, the Coalition sent a comment letter that voiced many concerns, with the chief one being fuel neutrality. The LCFS was designed to be fuel neutral and to promote the use of alternatives to diesel and gasoline. Biofuels are largely responsible for the success of the program so far. Those fuels make up only 20 percent of the fuel used in California’s transportation sector, so the state must continue to support all low carbon fuels in order to meet its ambitious goals and provide the air quality that all residents deserve.

California Officials Testify Against EPA’s Vehicle Emissions Proposal

Officials from four California state agencies, including CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols and CEC Executive Director Drew Bohan, publicly opposed the EPA’s proposed rule to roll back existing cleaner car standards. State officials testified Sept. 24 at an EPA hearing that weakened emissions and fuel efficiency standards would endanger public health, the economy, and the environment. Nichols said that the proposal “ignores available and cost-effective clean vehicle technology, wastes gasoline, and pumps more climate-changing gases into the atmosphere.”

CARB Announces $200-Plus Million in New Clean Freight Transportation Funding

CARB has announced that it will allocate as much as $205 million in grants for new projects designed to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and reduce air pollution caused by moving goods in California. So far, CARB has made plans to divide $150 million among 11 projects located in disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by freight-based air pollution. For example, a Frito-Lay project will receive $15.4 million to help replace all diesel-powered equipment at its facility in Modesto, including deploying 38 low-NOx trucks powered by RNG. The funding comes from cap-and-trade program money and other sources. The board will consider another $55 million in funding in October.

SoCalGas Adds RNG to Fueling Station Offerings

SoCalGas will soon offer RNG for the first time at its 25 utility-owned NGV fueling stations and six fueling stations in the San Diego area. In August, SoCalGas received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission for a pilot program to purchase renewable fuel and capture the resulting environmental credits. The company has published a Request for Offer and expects to complete the gas purchase agreements in the near future. 

NGVAmerica Announces 2018 Cross-Country NGV Road Rally

NGVAmerica has announced plans for its annual Sea-to-Shining-Sea NGV Road Rally Across America. The event kicked off in late September with a reception in Washington, D.C. The drivers will head west from there to reach Palm Springs on Nov. 14. At events along the way, NGVAmerica will highlight all aspects of using natural gas transportation fuels. The road rally concludes with NGVAmerica’s 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Industry Summit.


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