Tuesday, September 4, 2012

[biofuelwatch] CA phases out funding for corn ethanol

California to End Funding for Corn Ethanol Producers -- Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report
Posted August 30th, 2012
"Corn ethanol producers will no longer have access to funds through California's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D). The bill (A.B. 523), signed by Brown Aug. 27, ends state payments to corn ethanol producers beginning July 1, 2013. Ethanol produced from nonedible portions of corn plants, including stover, leaves, and cob, which could be used to produce cellulosic fuels, will still be eligible for state funding. California's agricultural community lobbied for the measure to halt subsidies for corn-based ethanol used in motor fuels, which it said results in higher food prices for consumers and increases the cost of feed. The law that created the alternative fuels funding program (A.B. 118) provides nearly $100 million a year to help fund alternative energy and technology programs. Calgreen Renewable Fuels, Pacific Ethanol, and AE Advanced Fuels received a total of nearly $6 million in incentives available under the alternative fuels program for projects designed to reduce the carbon intensity of corn-based ethanol."

Rachel Smolker
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