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Energy Commission Adopts Fuels Report that Evaluates
Carbon Footprint of Traditional and Alternative Fuels
Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today adopted an alternative fuels evaluation and analysis report, as part of the state's process for implementing the Governor's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. This analytical work provides the foundation for developing a comprehensive Alternative Fuels Plan to increase the use of non-petroleum transportation fuels as mandated by AB 1007.
The Commission's action is a significant step in the Governor's strategy to reduce dependence on oil while reducing greenhouse gases. The report is also a critical tool for the Air Resources Board as they are responsible for implementing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard as an early action measure directed by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
The Governor's Low Carbon Fuel Standard is the world's first greenhouse gas standard for transportation fuels. By 2020 the standard will reduce the carbon intensity of California's passenger vehicle fuels by at least 10 percent.
"This plan integrates the state's petroleum reduction objectives with its biofuel, low carbon fuel, and global climate change goals," said Energy Commission Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel. "We worked extensively with fuel producers, automakers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, and environmental organizations on this report, which is a critical part of the foundation for California's transportation future."
The report's "full fuel cycle assessment" analysis provides a comprehensive picture of how energy inputs, greenhouse gas emissions, and other air quality emissions related to the production and use of various transportation fuels impact the environment.
The Energy Commission and Air Resources Board conducted the analysis on more than 50 non-petroleum fuels and vehicles. The analysis examined feedstock production and processing, fuel production and delivery, and vehicle fuel use. The study developed a thorough rough evaluation of the alternative fuels process on fuel emissions criteria for air pollutants, air toxics, greenhouse gases, water pollutants, other substances that are known to damage human health. The impacts of petroleum consumption were also studied.
The Energy Commission is working with the Air Resources Board, the State Water Resources Control Board, the Department of Food and Agriculture and more than 80 stakeholder organizations to develop a plan to stimulate the production and use of alternative fuels and vehicles in California. The Commission will finalize the Alternatives Fuels Plan in September for submission to the Governor and Legislature.
The report is available on the Energy Commission's website: