The Renewable Fuels Association wrapped up its 2024 National Ethanol Conference Wednesday in San Diego with RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper calling it one of the most successful ever.
“This has been a great event, lots of energy, lots of enthusiasm coming out of this conference for the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Cooper. “We had the most people here than we have had in 8 or 9 years.”
While at the conference in California this week, RFA submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board on proposed amendments to that state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
“One of the particular areas of concern that we have is around new what they are calling sustainability requirements for crop-based biofuels,” said Cooper. “We think that would put unnecessary and complex new burdens on ethanol producers without any benefits whatsoever to the program.”
In addition, Cooper says they urged CARB to approve sales of the lower-carbon E15 fuel blend. “This is the last state out of all 50 states that has yet to approve E15 and if they care about reducing carbon emissions, the simplest, lowest cost way to do that in the near term is approve E15.”
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NEC24 RFA CEO Geoff Cooper, interview 9:58
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