Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Rule Rule 340-253-0100
Oregon Clean Fuels Program Applicability and Requirements


(1)

Regulated parties.

(a)

All persons that produce in Oregon, or import into Oregon, any regulated fuel must comply with the rules in this division.

(b)

The regulated parties for regulated fuels are designated under OAR 340-253-0310 (Regulated Parties: Providers of Gasoline, Diesel, Ethanol, Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel, and Blends Thereof) and must comply with sections (4) through (8) below;

(c)

An out-of-state producer of ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, alternative jet fuel, renewable natural gas, or renewable propane that is not an importer is not required to participate in the program. Any out-of-state producer that is not an importer who chooses voluntarily to participate in the program in order to initially generate credits from the volumes of their fuel that is imported into Oregon must comply with sections (4), (5), (7), (8), and (9) below;

(d)

Small importers of finished fuels are exempt from sections (6) and (7) below;

(e)

Regulated parties must comply with OAR chapter 340, division 215.

(2)

Credit generators.

(a)

The following rules designate persons eligible to generate credits for each of the following fuel types:

(A)

OAR 340-253-0320 (Credit Generators: Providers of Compressed Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Liquefied Compressed Natural Gas, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas) for compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquefied compressed natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas;

(B)

OAR 340-253-0330 (Credit Generators: Providers of Electricity) for electricity;

(C)

OAR 340-253-0340 (Credit Generators: Providers of Hydrogen Fuel or a Hydrogen Blend) for hydrogen fuel or a hydrogen blend; and

(D)

OAR 340-253-0350 (Credit Generators: Alternative Jet Fuel) for alternative jet fuel.

(b)

Any person eligible to be a credit generator, and that is not a regulated party, is not required to participate in the program. Any person who chooses voluntarily to participate in the program in order to generate credits must comply with sections (4), (5), (7), (8), and (9) below.

(3)

Aggregator.

(a)

Aggregators must comply with this section and sections (4), (5), (7), and (8) below.

(b)

Aggregators facilitate credit generation and trade credits only if a regulated party or a credit generator has authorized an aggregator to act on its behalf by submitting an Aggregator Designation Form. An eligible credit generator may designate an aggregator for its credit generation. The only exception to that designation by a credit generator is the backstop aggregator designated under OAR 340-253-0330 (Credit Generators: Providers of Electricity)(7). A regulated party or credit generator already registered with the program may also serve as an aggregator for others. An aggregator is responsible for notifying DEQ when its authorization to act on behalf of a credit generator or regulated party has been withdrawn. Aggregator designations may only take effect at the start of the next full calendar quarter after DEQ receives such notice. Aggregator withdrawals may only take effect at the end of the current full calendar quarter when DEQ receives such notice.

(4)

Registration.

(a)

A regulated party must submit a complete registration application to DEQ under OAR 340-253-0500 (Registration) for each fuel type on or before the date upon which that party begins producing the fuel in Oregon or importing the fuel into Oregon. The registration application must be submitted using DEQ approved forms.

(b)

A credit generator must submit a complete registration application to DEQ under OAR 340-253-0500 (Registration) for each fuel type before it may generate credits for fuel produced, imported, or dispensed for use in Oregon. DEQ will not recognize credits allegedly generated by any person that does not have an approved, accurate and current registration.

(c)

An aggregator must submit a complete registration application to DEQ under OAR 340-253-0500 (Registration) and an Aggregator Designation Form each time it enters into a new contract with a regulated party, a credit generator, or another aggregator to facilitate credit generation or trade credits. Any violations by the aggregator may result in enforcement against both the aggregator and the party it was designated to act on behalf of.

(5)

Records. Regulated parties, credit generators, and aggregators must develop and retain all records OAR 340-253-0600 (Records) requires.

(6)

Clean fuel standards. Each regulated party must comply with the following standards for all transportation fuel it produces in Oregon or imports into Oregon in each compliance period. Each regulated party may demonstrate compliance in each compliance period either by producing or importing fuel that in the aggregate meets the standard or by obtaining sufficient credits to offset the deficits it has incurred for such fuel produced or imported into Oregon. The initial compliance period is for two years, 2016 and 2017, and after that compliance periods will be for each single calendar year.

(a)

Table 1 under OAR 340-253-8010 (Tables) establishes the Oregon Clean Fuel Standard for Gasoline and Gasoline Substitutes; and

(b)

Table 2 under OAR 340-253-8010 (Tables) establishes the Oregon Clean Fuel Standard for Diesel and Diesel Substitutes.

(7)

Quarterly report. Each regulated party, credit generator, and aggregator must submit quarterly reports under OAR 340-253-0630 (Quarterly Reports), unless they are exempt under subsection (1)(b) or they are a credit generator solely registered for residential charging of electric vehicles.

(8)

Annual report. Each regulated party, credit generator, and aggregator must submit an annual report under OAR 340-253-0650 (Annual Compliance Reports). Each regulated party must submit an annual report for 2016 notwithstanding that the initial compliance period is for 2016 and 2017.

(9)

Voluntary participation. The voluntary participation in the program by any person shall conclusively establish that person’s consent to be subject to the jurisdiction of the State of Oregon, its courts, and the administrative authority of DEQ to implement this program. If a person does not consent to such jurisdiction, then the person may not participate in the program.
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