RFA to CARB: Ethanol Plays Key Role in LCFS Success Story

April 29, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol has played a key role in the success of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and is poised to make even greater contributions to the state’s climate policy objectives if certain regulatory actions are taken to allow greater market access, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said in comments submitted this week to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

CARB held a hearing to consider amendments that would expand the LCFS through 2030 and increase the stringency of the required CI reductions. RFA Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper provided oral testimony at the hearing.

RFA’s comments offered several recommendations that would allow ethanol to make even greater contributions to the LCFS goals, including expediting approval of new pathway petitions for cellulosic ethanol produced from grain kernel fiber; amending current regulations to allow for the sale of E15 (15% ethanol, 85% gasoline) in California; revising default lifecycle GHG assessment model assumptions regarding grain sorghum production; and beginning a process to consider other options for further decarbonizing the remaining liquid fuels in the California market.

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