The Low Carbon Fuel Standard is here to stay. How are you preparing?
State legislators that have imposed cap-and-trade-style programs to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector have created a competitive advantage for Midwestern corn ethanol and biodiesel producers.
Here’s how it works: governors in West Coast states have signed on to mandates aimed at reining in greenhouse gases and smog-producing emissions from transportation fuel, and policymakers in the Northeastern U.S. have eyes on doing the same. In California, for example, the state with more registered vehicles than anywhere else in the country, transportation consumes more energy than even in-state electricity producers. California drivers embark on some of the longest commute times in the U.S. There, a low-carbon fuel standard aims to achieve the state’s ambitious 10-year plan to cut carbon emissions 10% by 2020.
That means Midwestern corn ethanol producers looking to sell into these lucrative markets must find a way to lower the amount of carbon that goes into producing fuel — or risk getting undercut by producers with lower carbon-intensity fuel. Adapting to state market requirements is increasingly prudent in an environment where federal RIN demand is a moving target in Washington.
Bluestem’s answer is an innovative solution through which it builds, owns, and operates renewable energy generators adjacent to biofuels plants, giving fuels producers a leg up on producers whose operations are not directly powered by renewable sources. The result is a win-win-win for rural power suppliers, rural biofuels producers, and rural communities.
Take advantage of Bluestem’s proven carbon intensity reduction program, which has led to the below benefits:
-No upfront capital needed
-Lower carbon intensity score
-Local economic development
-No long-term obligation
-Long-term price certainty
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