Publication Detail

Status Review of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard - Spring 2013 Issue (REVISED VERSION)


Research Report

Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS)

Download PDF

Suggested Citation:
Yeh, Sonia, Julie Witcover, Jeff Kessler (2013) Status Review of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard - Spring 2013 Issue (REVISED VERSION). Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-13-06

The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is a performance-based regulation adopted in California in 2009 that requires regulated parties (e.g., oil producers and importers to California) to reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of their fuel mix by at least 10% by 2020. It sets declining annual targets, starting slowly with a 0.25% reduction in 2011 and increasing to 10% reduction by 2020. This regulation contributes to California’s overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals under the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).

This is the second in a series of periodic status reports of California’s LCFS. Each report will provide updates on LCFS compliance and markets, and address selected special topics. The reports review data, analyze trends, and identify potential challenges, but avoid making predictions. This second report addresses the following topics:

  1. Credits and deficits
  2. Carbon intensity of fuels
  3. Credit trading and credit prices
  4. Federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) and implications for LCFS feedstocks
  5. Issues that affect compliance (special topic)

Due to a data entry error, the first release of this Spring 2013 Status Review was incorrect. This revised version corrects the error. The researchers thank stakeholders for feedback that helped identify the mistake. The corrected spreadsheet is also available for review here.