State Clean Energy Practices: Renewable Fuel Standards

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The State Clean Energy Policies Analysis (SCEPA) project is supported by the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program within the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This project seeks to quantify the impacts of existing state policies, and to identify crucial policy attributes and their potential applicability to other states. The goal is to assist statesin determining which clean energy policies or policy portfolios will best accomplish their environmental, economic, and security goals. For example, renewable fuel standards (RFS) policies are a mechanism for developing a market for renewable fuels in the transportation sector. This flexible market-based policy, when properly executed, can correct for market failures and promote growth of therenewable fuels industry better than a more command-oriented approach. The policy attempts to correct market failures such as embedded fossil fuel infrastructure and culture, risk associated with developing renewable fuels, consumer information gaps, and lack of quantification of the non-economic costs and benefits of both renewable and fossil-based fuels. This report focuses on renewable fuelstandards policies, which are being analyzed as part of this project.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages19
    StatePublished - 2008

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-670-43513


    • economic developments
    • EE
    • energy efficiency
    • energy security
    • environmental
    • policy
    • renewable energy (RE)
    • renewable fuel standard
    • RFS
    • stakeholder drivers
    • state policy


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