Executive Order requires E85 in California on Driving the Nation

Tom Cackette, Chief Deputy Executive Officer, California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (CARB) talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.carlist.com, about Governor Schwarzeneggers Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The Executive Order, according to Cackette, would require that oil companies put E85 pumps in the gas stations in California.

Below is the Executive Order from the Governors website:

In the January 2007 State of the State Governor Schwarzenegger asserted California’s leadership in clean energy and environmental policy by establishing a Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) by Executive Order. This first-in-the-world greenhouse gas (GHG) standard for transportation fuels will spark research in alternatives to oil and reduce GHG emissions.

The Governor’s Executive Order directs the Secretary for Environmental Protection to coordinate the actions of the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the University of California and other agencies to develop the protocols for measuring the “life-cycle carbon intensity” of transportation fuels. This analysis will become part of the State Implementation Plan for alternative fuels as required by AB 1007 (Pavley, Chapter 371, Statutes of 2005) and will be submitted to ARB for consideration as an “early action” item under AB 32. The ARB will complete it’s review of the LCFS protocols for adoption as an early action no later than June, 2007.

Upon adoption as an “early action” by the ARB, the regulatory process at ARB will begin to put the new standard into effect. It is expected that the regulatory process at ARB to implement the new standard will be completed no later than December 2008.

The Executive Order States:

The process for meeting the 2020 Target shall be as follows:

* The Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency shall coordinate activities between the University of California, the California Energy Commission, and other agencies as required to develop and propose by June 30, 2007, a draft compliance schedule to meet the 2020 Target.

* The Energy Commission shall incorporate as appropriate the LCFS draft compliance schedule into the State Alternative Fuels Plan (SAFP) per AB 1007 (Chapter 371, Statutes of 2005), and upon adoption shall submit the SAFP to the ARB for consideration.

* Upon submission of the SAFP, the ARB shall consider initiating a regulatory proceeding to establish and implement the LCFS.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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