National Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Technical Analysis Report

49 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2012 Last revised: 12 Sep 2012

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Sonia Yeh

University of California, Davis - Institute of Transportation Studies

Daniel Sperling

University of California, Davis - Institute of Transportation Studies

Miroslav Batka

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Michael Griffin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Haixiao Huang

NV Energy

Madhu Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Matt Kocoloski

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Paul Leiby

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gouri Shankar Mishra

University of California, Davis - Institute of Transportation Studies

Siwa Msangi

International Food Policy Research Institute; International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Kimberle R. Mullins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Hayri Onal

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Nathan C. Parker

University of California, Davis

James Rhodes

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jonathan Rubin

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

Aranya Venkatesh

Carnegie Mellon University

Julie Witcover

University of California, Davis - Institute of Transportation Studies

Christopher Yang

University of California, Davis - Institute of Transportation Studies

Date Written: July 19, 2012

Abstract

Petroleum fuels make up essentially all of the transportation fuels used today. But fossil fuel use has many economic and environmental downsides, including a weakening of our energy security due to reliance on imported energy sources, air pollution that impacts health, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change. To reduce fossil fuel use and GHG emissions in the transportation sector and improve energy security requires a coordinated effort to reduce travel demand, improve vehicle efficiency, and switch to cleaner, lower-carbon fuels. Here we focus on switching to new fuels and examine the potential role a national low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) can play in bringing this about.

This report analyzes the costs and benefits of a national LCFS policy, together with or in place of the existing national Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2). The companion report, National Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Policy Design Recommendations (PDR), suggests how best to design an LCFS. Both consider the possibility of an LCFS replacing or being adopted alongside RFS2.

Keywords: transportation, fuel policy, greenhouse gas emissions, energy security, indirect land use change, electric vehicles, performance standard

Suggested Citation

Yeh, Sonia and Sperling, Daniel and Batka, Miroslav and Griffin, Michael and Huang, Haixiao and Khanna, Madhu and Kocoloski, Matt and Leiby, Paul and Mishra, Gouri Shankar and Msangi, Siwa and Mullins, Kimberle R. and Onal, Hayri and Parker, Nathan C. and Rhodes, James and Rubin, Jonathan and Venkatesh, Aranya and Witcover, Julie and Yang, Christopher, National Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Technical Analysis Report (July 19, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2102817 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2102817

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Daniel Sperling

University of California, Davis - Institute of Transportation Studies ( email )

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Miroslav Batka

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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Michael Griffin

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Haixiao Huang

NV Energy ( email )

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Madhu Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics ( email )

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Matt Kocoloski

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Paul Leiby

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Gouri Shankar Mishra

University of California, Davis - Institute of Transportation Studies

One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Siwa Msangi

International Food Policy Research Institute ( email )

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Washington, DC 20006
United States
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Kimberle R. Mullins

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Hayri Onal

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics ( email )

1301 W. Gregory Drive
307c Mumford Hall (MC-710)
Urbana, IL 61801
United States
217-333-5507 (Phone)

Nathan C. Parker

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Apt 153
Davis, CA 95616
United States

James Rhodes

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Jonathan Rubin

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center ( email )

Orono, ME 04469
United States

Aranya Venkatesh

Carnegie Mellon University ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

Julie Witcover

University of California, Davis - Institute of Transportation Studies ( email )

One Shields Ave
davis, CA 95616
United States

Christopher Yang

University of California, Davis - Institute of Transportation Studies ( email )

One Shields Ave
davis, CA 95616
United States

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