11 States Agree to Develop a Low Carbon Fuel Standard

On December 31, 2008, representatives from 11 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states signed a Letter of Intent to develop a regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). A LCFS would require reductions in the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from fuels, such as those used for transportation. Signatories to the letter include officials from all 10 states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative—Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont—as well as the state of Pennsylvania. Currently, California is the only other state to have adopted a LCFS, with a goal of reducing the overall carbon intensity (the amount of carbon emitted per unit of energy produced) of transportation fuels by 10 percent below 2010 levels by 2020 for transportation fuels.

The 11 states will draft a Memorandum of Understanding for the program, to be submitted to the states’ governors by December 31, 2009.