California Biofuel CEOs Ask Feinstein to Withdraw Corn-Based Ethanol Bill

Source: By Jeff Barber, OPIS • Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2021

 The chief executives of three California-based ethanol producers have asked their state’s senior U.S. senator to withdraw a bill she introduced last month that would eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) conventional ethanol mandate, saying the measure devalues the fuel’s carbon-reduction benefits and would harm the state’s economy. In a July 28 letter to Feinstein, Alto Ingredients CEO Mike Kandris, Calgren Renewable Fuels President Lyle Schlyer and Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee said ethanol “already reduces GHG emissions by 52%, on average, when compared directly to gasoline,” and has accounted for 35% of carbon emissions reductions under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) since the program began in 2011. In addition, the executives said the ethanol industry is working to reduce its carbon emissions further, citing the Renewable Fuels Association’s promise last week to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by midcentury. Note: the letter is available here.