CARB releases FAQ on new LCFS regulations in advance of deadline

By Susanne Retka Schill, Ethanol Producer Magazine.

With a Jan. 31 deadline approaching, the California Air Resources Board released an FAQ to answer frequently asked questions about the changes to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. CARB has said that those meeting the January deadline will be guaranteed a carbon intensity (CI) rating this year. Ethanol pathways will be processed in the first batch, scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter, followed by biodiesel to be completed by the end of the second quarter, and then other fuels. Those missing that deadline will be processed later, and may not get a recertified CI rating before the deadline for all legacy ratings to sunset at the end of 2016.

The 43-page document provides answers to multiple questions regarding the features of the readopted LCFS, such as what documentation will be required to establish the distillers grains yield per gallon of ethanol produced, which is to be calculated on a dry basis, or how emissions from the production of corn oil bound for biodiesel production are to be handled.