A low-carbon fuel standard is the shared goal of 11 states in the Northeast.
Governors of the states signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a “Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Low Carbon Fuel Standard” on Dec. 30, 2009. What exactly that standard will be, and whether fuel oil and other heating fuels will be subject to it, is expected to be worked out over the coming year.
According to the MOU, the elements should include mechanisms for creating and trading credits for the sale of low-carbon fuels, as well as “appropriate monitoring, compliance and enforcement mechanisms.”
The governors of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont signed the document.
The standard, once developed, could be adopted through administrative rulemaking or state legislative authority, “if individual states choose to adopt and implement [it]” the memorandum states.
A preliminary version of the standard and the means of achieving it are supposed to be developed by January 2011. The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) and Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) are involved in the project.