CARB cuts penalty for ethanol

Author: Amy Volk | Posted: 3/14/2014

A proposed change to California's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard rules would mean a reduction in the carbon penalty for corn-based ethanol from 30 grams per megajoule originally set in 2009 to 23.2 g/mj.

The California Air Resources Board held a workshop Tuesday, March 11, outlining the proposed changes.

The change will make biofuels such as corn-based ethanol primarily produced outside of California, and soy-based biodiesel eligible as a low-carbon fuel in the state.

The LCFS mandates California fuel producers and suppliers to annually reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of fuel provided that increases to a 10% reduction from 2010 levels by 2020.

CARB expects this to be done by replacing high-carbon fuels with low-carbon fuels or by blending low-carbon fuels with high-carbon fuels to reduce the CI of the finished fuel.

Source: DTN Progressive Farmer