LCFS Electricity and Hydrogen Provisions
This page last reviewed April 5, 2017
LCFS specifically exempts a number of lower-carbon fuels, such as electricity and hydrogen, because they meet the carbon intensity targets through 2020. Providers of these fuels, if they choose not to participate in the LCFS program, have no obligations for these fuels under LCFS. However, LCFS allows these fuel providers to “opt-in” to the program and generate LCFS credits that they can sell and trade in the California LCFS market.
How Do I Opt Into the LCFS Program?
Opting into the LCFS program involves registering with ARB in the LRT Credit Bank & Transfer System (LRT-CBTS), and establishing an account. To opt into the program and to register an organization, please visit LRT-CBTS. For more information about opting into the program, see the LCFS Electricity Program FAQs and LCFS Hydrogen Program FAQs in the Related Links below.
By opting into the LCFS program and providing electricity and hydrogen as transportation fuels, the electricity and hydrogen providers can earn LCFS credits. The credits will have a monetary value when sold to regulated parties who must offset deficits created by their supply of fuels with CIs that exceed the LCFS standards.
For electricity used as a transportation fuel, the entities that are eligible to generate LCFS credits are:
- Electric vehicle service providers (EVSP) for public charging stations
- Site hosts of private access electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment at a business or workplace
- EV fleet operators for fleets of electric vehicles (including electric forklifts)
- Transit agencies operating fixed guideway systems or electric buses
- Battery switch station owners
- Electrical Distribution Utilities (EDU) for residential charging, and for all of the above categories, if no other parties opt-in and generate credits.
For hydrogen used as a transportation fuel, the parties who are eligible to generate LCFS credits are:
- The entity who owns the finished hydrogen fuel at the time the finished fuel is created, or
- The entity who acquires ownership of finished hydrogen fuel, if the transferor and recipient agree by written contract that the entity acquiring ownership is eligible to generate credits
- Hydrogen fuel cell forklifts fleet owner.
- Notice of Upcoming Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits Release for Electric Forklift Charging Claimed by Electrical Distribution Utilities
- Draft Regulatory Guidance 17-02 (April 2017): Methodology for Determining Electricity Consumption of Electric Forklifts
- Regulatory Guidance 16-04: LCFS Electricity Program FAQs
- Regulatory Guidance 16-05: LCFS Hydrogen Program FAQs
- Regulatory Guidance 16-06: LCFS Fixed Guideway System FAQs
- Regulatory Guidance 16-07: LCFS for Transit Agencies
- Notice of Upcoming Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits Release for Non-Metered Residential Electric Vehicle Charging
- LRT-CBTS User Guide
- Electric Forklifts by Electric Power Research Institute (April 2015)
- Survey of Large Spark-Ignited (LSI) Engines Operating within California prepared by Social Science Research Center (January 2017)
Contact UsFor more information about the LCFS Electricity and Hydrogen Programs, please contact Jing Yuan at (916) 322-8875.
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