Golden Grain CEO hopes CA governor comes around on ethanol

Source: By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfields • Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom has come under fire from ag and biofuels groups following his executive order to phase out gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.

Chad Kuhlers, CEO of north Iowa ethanol plant Golden Grain Energy, says he hopes Newsom eventually recognizes that renewable fuels actually support a low carbon, green economy.

He points out ethanol has carbon intensity scores that are at least 20 percent cleaner than gasoline.

“For example, as part of the production that comes out of this facility, approximately five percent of it was qualified as essentially cellulosic ethanol even though the EPA doesn’t recognize it as cellulosic. So we have to call it corn kernel fiber. Corn kernel fiber has carbon intensities that might be as much as 70 percent gasoline production levels.”

The National Corn Growers Association, Renewable Fuels Association, and Growth Energy announced this week that they are working with the California Air Resources Board to conduct vehicle testing they say will demonstrate the environmental benefits and compatibility of higher blends of ethanol like E15.