California’s low carbon fuel standard hearing delayed

The California Clean Air Resources Board has postponed a mid-March hearing to consider amendments to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

U.S. ethanol groups submitted comments earlier this week on the proposal, which would set sustainability requirements for biofuel feedstocks in California. Renewable Fuels Association Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Troy Bredenkamp says the requirements aren’t necessary and E15 should be sold in California.

“They use more E85 than any other state in the United States, combined. It’s ludicrous that you’re not allowing E15 to be sold.”

American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings says E15 can help California reach their carbon reduction goals “reducing pollutants from vehicles and greenhouse gas emissions.”

And Jennings says the ethanol industry was expecting CARB to allow E15 last year.

CARB says a workshop will be held in mid-April to discuss potential refinements to the proposed amendments. Brownfield interviewed Bredenkamp and Jennings at the National Ethanol Conference.

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