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California rethinking ethanol regulations

The California Air Resources Board is moving toward revising its analysis of the impact of corn ethanol on greenhouse gas emissions. The low-carbon standard, which takes effect in January and will be tightened in coming years, is aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of cars and trucks in California. California is the single largest market for ethanol, consuming about 1.5 billion gallons a year.

There is some good news out of California for ethanol producers. The California Air Resources Board is moving toward revising its analysis of the impact of corn ethanol on greenhouse gas emissions. That change, if adopted, would assure that corn ethanol from the Midwest could meet California’s new low-carbon fuel standard, at least for the next few years, industry officials say.

The low-carbon standard, which takes effect in January and will be tightened in coming years, is aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of cars and trucks in California. Every type of fuel, including electricity, is being graded in terms of carbon per megajoule, a unit of energy. California is the single largest market for ethanol, consuming about 1.5 billion gallons a year.

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