Helping Biofuel Producers to Recognize Greater Value from Producing Lower GHG-Intensity Fuels
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Helping Biofuel Producers to Recognize Greater Value from Producing Lower GHG-Intensity Fuels

Sector: Biofuel Area of Expertise: Policy and Strategy

Helping Biofuel Producers to Recognize Greater Value from Producing Lower GHG-Intensity Fuels

Camco recently worked with Conestoga Energy Partners, LLC., Garden City, Kansas, to calculate the unique CIs of their ethanol products and to petition for their approval and inclusion into the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program.

Producers looking to sell their fuel into the state’s economy must satisfy increasingly stringent carbon intensity (CI) values for their product, measured in grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per megajoule of fuel. In order to comply with the LCFS, regulated entities must ensure that their product’s average CI does not exceed the value stipulated by ARB for the compliance year in question. ARB incentivizes entities that supply fuels with CIs lower than stipulated by awarding them with LCFS credits. Regulated entities with CIs higher than stipulated can rectify their situation by surrendering credits purchased off of the market.

Camco deployed its understanding of the program’s approach to CI calculation to identify all unique aspects of Conestoga’s value chain that translated to a numerical CI savings. Our team then prepared the application materials necessary to officially qualify the unique CI values with the state program and liaised with the Air Resources Board (ARB), the regulatory body in charge, to successfully guide the applications through the process.

Conestoga’s approved CIs are significantly lower than the default values that they otherwise would have been required to use for participation in the program. This allowed them to create a boutique fuel that should be in demand by blenders in California.

Camco provides its services on a consulting basis. To begin the process of working together please contact Lauren Wittig, Manager – Renewable & Environmental Markets (p) 303-847-4220 (e) lauren.wittig@camcocleanenergy.com

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