The Legislature enacted the Clean Fuel Program (program) in 2021, and directed the Department of Ecology (Ecology) to implement the program no later than January 1, 2023. The rules adopted must reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributable to each unit of the fuels to 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2038 based on a statutory schedule. Transportation fuels exported from the state are not subject to the greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements of the program.
Beginning May 1, 2025, and each May 1st thereafter, Ecology must post a report on the its website that includes specified information, such as the number of credits and deficits generated by entities participating in the program, and volumes of each transportation fuel and average price per credit used to comply with the program, regarding the previous calendar year of the program's activities. Ecology must also submit this report to the appropriate committees of the Legislature by May 1, 2025, and each May 1st thereafter.
Ecology was directed to contract for a one-time ex-ante independent analysis of the best estimate or range in probable costs or cost savings attributable to the program per gallon gasoline, and per gallon of diesel covering each year of the program through 2038. Ecology submitted the analysis to the Legislature on May 15, 2022, and a cover letter for the analysis on July 1, 2022.
Ecology must post the report regarding the previous calendar year of program activities beginning February 1, 2024, rather than May 1, 2025. Each report thereafter must be posted in February rather than in May.
The requirement for the report on the program activities to be submitted to the appropriate committees of the Legislature, and the provisions requiring the one-time ex-ante independent analysis, are removed.