Colorado to evaluate feasibility of an LCFS program

By Erin Voegele | September 12, 2019

Colorado has taken an initial step toward considering the establishment of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Colorado Energy Office issued a documented quote (DQ) Sept. 11 inviting bids from independent contractors to conduct a LCFS feasibility study.

According to the DQ, the Colorado Energy Office is seeking quotes from independent contractors with experience in conducting life cycle assessments and evaluating clean fuels polices. It states the purpose of the feasibility study is to understand, and where possible quantify, the benefits, costs, considerations and technical, administrative and economic feasibility of a LCFS for Colorado. “This study will examine and provide information on how an LCFS could be implemented in Colorado based, in part, upon experiences of other states and countries,” the Colorado Energy Office said in the DQ. “The results of the study will inform decisions on whether or not to consider adoption of an LCFS in Colorado.”

The study is to consist of two phases. During the first phase, which concludes at the end of December, the selected vendor will conduct research and analysis to answer several specific questions, including those focused on the current lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all mobile source use in Colorado; the lifecycle GHG emissions from all mobile use forecast for Colorado out to 2030; the fuel supply chain in Colorado; the experiences California, Oregon and British Columbia in creating and implementing LCFS programs; the qualitative implications of an LCFS that is specific to Colorado; benefits and/or impacts of a Colorado LCFS in terms of human health and wellness; potential funding  needs. As part of the second phase of the project, the vendor must conduct analysis related to a LCFS baseline year, review options for carbon intensity modeling frameworks, and quantify cost and benefits of several compliance trajectories for Colorado-specific credit generation options.

Eligible vendors must have five years demonstrated experience in conducting lifecycle assessments and evaluating clean fuels policies.

Quotes must be received by Sept. 30. All work related to the study must be complete by June 30, 2020. Additional information, including a full copy of the DQ is available on the website by selecting “Public Access” and searching for DQ Number 2020000185.