Ethanol Gets Seat on California LCFS Panel

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Fuels AssociationRenewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper has been selected to represent the ethanol industry on the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) Advisory Panel. Panel members will participate in periodic reviews of the LCFS program and provide input on issues related to implementation of the LCFS. The first panel meeting is scheduled for Feb. 16 in Sacramento.

“California has always been an important market for biofuels like ethanol,” Cooper said. “The LCFS will have significant implications for the future role of ethanol in the state. That’s why it’s important that the ethanol industry has a seat at the table for these discussions. I look forward to participating in the process.”

Specifically, the topics addressed by the advisory panel will include the program’s progress against LCFS targets, possible adjustments to the compliance schedule, lifecycle assessments, advances in fuels and production technology, fuel and vehicle supply availability, the program’s impact on the state’s fuel supplies, and other issues. The panel will provide comments to CARB staff for incorporation into reports that will be submitted to the Board regarding implementation of the program. Along with the staff’s assessment, the report will include panel findings and recommendations.

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