A coalition of Oregon business and civic leaders committed to maximizing the economic potential of clean fuels. We’re dedicated to protecting jobs for all Oregonians and fueling our economy.
Oregon's Clean Fuels Program supports a healthy economy and environment. Expanding clean fuel options gives Oregonians more choice at the pump and an opportunity to invest in cleaner fuels produced right here at home. That means bringing economic vitality and more jobs here to Oregon and the region, while cleaning our air for healthier communities.
Working in the lab testing our next batch of renewable fuels can be hard work, but I’m proud to be part of a home-grown, clean fuels industry in Oregon.— Mafe Abercrombie,
Pacific Ethanol Columbia
Having alternative fuels matters. It’s a cost thing. I’d rather spend it here at home than on the defense budget. I wish we were more energy independent.— Gary Frederickson,
President of Oregon Hay Products
The oil industry claims it is too expensive to clean up their act. My response is that we can’t afford not to: cleaner fuels are essential for public health and healthy lungs.— Carrie Nyssen,
American Lung Association
For the Economy
Clean fuels are helping to diversify and grow our state's economy. Oregon's Clean Fuels Program keeps money in the state by creating jobs in construction, manufacturing, and agriculture. Instead of sending money to out-of-state oil companies to import gas and diesel, we can choose to invest in clean fuel options manufactured here at home and put Oregon back to work.
Clean fuels cost less than oil, protecting Oregonians from the inevitable price increases and spikes associated with oil. Making more fuel options available stabilizes volatility in fuel prices and provides more choice for consumers and businesses. This creates demand for local fuel production and infrastructure. The Oregon Clean Fuels Program includes measures to protect consumers in the unlikely event fuel prices rise relative to neighboring states.
For Our Health
Clean fuels reduce greenhouse gases and other air pollutants, the cause of dozens of health problems such as asthma, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. These health problems disproportionately affect children, the elderly, low-income communities, and communities of color. They also take people out of the workforce and run up health care expenses, with asthma alone costing Oregon millions in hospital visits.
The Clean Fuels Program requires oil companies to gradually reduce carbon pollution from their gasoline and diesel fuel by 10% by 2025. The Program is technology-neutral. Oil companies will either blend low-carbon biofuels or purchase credits that support electric vehicles, natural gas, propane, and other clean fuels. Oregonians will have more access to a variety of fuels as a result of the Clean Fuels Program, creating a more diverse, affordable, healthy, and stable fuel mix.
Changing Fuels Landscape
Electricity is being used to power all- electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and even motorcycles. Oregon’s EV industry is growing fast, and Oregon innovators are leading the way finding new solutions that offer significant energy security and emissions benefits.
Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from plant materials. The use of ethanol is widespread— almost all gasoline in Oregon contains 10% ethanol, and it is being produced in Oregon. Ethanol is also available as E85—a high-level blend—for use in flexible fuel vehicles.
Biodiesel is an Oregon-produced, renewable fuel that can be manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease for use in diesel vehicles. Biodiesel’s physical properties are similar to those of petroleum diesel, but it is a cleaner-burning alternative.
Natural Gas is a domestically produced gaseous fuel. It is a clean-burning alternative fuel that can be used in vehicles as either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Propane has been used worldwide as a vehicle fuel for decades. Converting vehicle fleets to propane offers fuel cost savings, reduced emissions, and reduced dependence on foreign oil.