California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credit volume reached its fourth highest weekly level of the year a week after transactions hit their lowest level
Weekly credit volume of 401,628 was up 908 percent from last week but 11 percent below the same weekly period last year. The average weekly credit volume for the year increased from 184,379 to 192,735. Average weekly transactions increased to 22. This week’s reporting marked the end of the second quarter. Second quarter credit volume closed 25 percent below first quarter volume and 19 percent below the same quarterly volume last year.
Trading activity was heaviest on Monday with 18 percent of the transactions taking place. The highest average daily price was $195, which also occurred on Monday. The price range credits traded in narrowed from $150 – $197 last week to $174 – $197 in this week’s report. The weighted-average credit price was $190.61, down slightly from $191.87. At the top of the range 1,000 credits traded and 10,000 traded at the bottom of the range. 61 percent of the credits traded at a price of $190 or above, 4 percent traded below 180. There were only two trades recorded below $182.
The Jacobsen continues to expect credit volume to rise relative to last year. An additional 284 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel are forecast to be produced during 2019. There were 11.18 million LCFS program credits generated during 2018 and there are 13.7 million forecast for 2019.
CARB only includes transfers that are completed in the given week. Transfers for future dates, proposed and still pending confirmation, are excluded. CARB’s weekly report excluded 6 transfer of 5,436 credits. CARB will exclude transfers that trade at, or near, zero in price.
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