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Title: Understanding and Informing the Policy Environment: State-Level Renewable Fuels Standards

Abstract

Renewable fuels standard (RFS) policies are becoming a popular public policy mechanism for developing the market for renewable fuels in the transportation sector. During the past decade, U.S. states and several countries began implementing these more market-based (less command and control) policies to support increased biofuels production and use. This paper presents an overview of current and proposed U.S. state-level policies, as well as selected electric sector policies and international fuel standard policies. Current U.S. state-level renewable fuel policies list drivers including an improved economy and environment, as well as fuel self-sufficiency. Best practices and experience from an evaluation of renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in the United States and international RFS policies can inform U.S. state-level policy by illustrating the importance of policy flexibility, binding targets, effective cost caps, and tradable permits. Understanding and building on the experiences from these previous policies can improve the policy mechanism and further develop a market for renewable fuels to meet the goals of improved economy, environment, and fuel self-sufficiency.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
898863
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-640-41075
TRN: US200708%%132
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; BIOFUELS; EVALUATION; FLEXIBILITY; MARKET; PRODUCTION; PUBLIC POLICY; TARGETS; TRANSPORTATION SECTOR; RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARDS; RFS; RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS; RPS; STATE POLICY; ENERGY PLAN; POLICY DRIVERS; BINDING TARGETS; MARKETS; COST CAPS; BIODIESEL; ENTHANOL; INTERNATIONAL POLICY; FUELS; TRANSPORTATION; Energy Analysis

Citation Formats

Brown, E., Cory, K., and Arent, D. Understanding and Informing the Policy Environment: State-Level Renewable Fuels Standards. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/898863.
Brown, E., Cory, K., & Arent, D. Understanding and Informing the Policy Environment: State-Level Renewable Fuels Standards. United States. doi:10.2172/898863.
Brown, E., Cory, K., and Arent, D. Mon . "Understanding and Informing the Policy Environment: State-Level Renewable Fuels Standards". United States. doi:10.2172/898863. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/898863.
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abstractNote = {Renewable fuels standard (RFS) policies are becoming a popular public policy mechanism for developing the market for renewable fuels in the transportation sector. During the past decade, U.S. states and several countries began implementing these more market-based (less command and control) policies to support increased biofuels production and use. This paper presents an overview of current and proposed U.S. state-level policies, as well as selected electric sector policies and international fuel standard policies. Current U.S. state-level renewable fuel policies list drivers including an improved economy and environment, as well as fuel self-sufficiency. Best practices and experience from an evaluation of renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in the United States and international RFS policies can inform U.S. state-level policy by illustrating the importance of policy flexibility, binding targets, effective cost caps, and tradable permits. Understanding and building on the experiences from these previous policies can improve the policy mechanism and further develop a market for renewable fuels to meet the goals of improved economy, environment, and fuel self-sufficiency.},
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year = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}
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