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01/07/2009 12:15 PM     print story email story  

11 States Agree to Low Carbon Standard News

Eleven Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states have agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels and other sources by developing a comprehensive, regional low carbon fuel standard.

A low carbon fuel standard is a market-based policy to reduce the average lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of energy. It can apply to fuel used for transportation, but also for home heating fuel.

This effort will analyze low-carbon fuel supply options and develop a framework for a regional standard to ensure sustainable use of renewable fuels. Fuels that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions include electricity and biofuels.

Partnership states will collaborate with the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, which is studying a low carbon fuel standard for the region. The states have also agreed to work cooperatively with other states and the federal government, and to influence the design of any federal standard or other proposed fuel policy.

States participating in the agreement include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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