California Paves the Way for Greater Use of Ethanol
FRESNO, California - To allow for more ethanol in California gasoline in line with new laws and regulations, the California Air Resources Board approved changes to its reformulated gasoline regulations Friday at a meeting in Fresno.
The Board revised its predictive model, a tool used by oil refining companies to formulate lower-emitting gasoline in California.
The model gives refiners flexibility in meeting emission limits defined in new Air Resources Board, ARB, regulations.
'Clean fuels are essential to reaching healthy air goals in California,' said ARB Chairman Dr. Robert Sawyer. 'This action helps fuel providers develop the optimum formula for the cleanest burning gasoline, and it allows ARB to forecast emissions from vehicles throughout the state.'
Sawyer says the greater use of ethanol will reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide. These heat-trapping emissions have raised the temperature of the planet to levels scientists say will cause rising seas and extreme weather events.
The new predictive model will allow increased use of ethanol in California's gasoline as part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Low Carbon Fuel Standard executive order, issued last year in an attempt to curb climate change.
The governor called the ARB's decision 'an important step toward diversifying California's fuel supply with alternative and, in this instance, renewable fuels.'
The goal of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is to ensure that the mix of fuel sold in the California market delivers, on average, lower greenhouse gas emissions.
By 2020, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is expected to produce at least a 10 percent reduction in the carbon dioxide emissions, replace 20 percent of on-road fuels with lower carbon alternatives, and more than triple the size of California's renewable fuels market.
While many alternative fuels exist in the market, ethanol is one that can be blended into today's gasoline with no change to our current cars,' the governor said. 'This action allows fuel providers to blend up to 10 percent ethanol into gasoline, while still ensuring we're meeting California's tough air quality standards.'
Last year, California adopted the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which commits the state to an economy-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
Under this law, by June 30, the state must establish a list of 'early-action measures' that can be implemented before the state adopts a plan to ensure the 2020 emissions reduction target is met.
'Concerned citizens want to see real reductions in global warming pollution as soon as possible,' said Jason Barbose of the nonprofit group Environment California. 'The science says it will be harder and more expensive to solve global warming the longer we wait.'
'It is critical that government continue reducing barriers so that alternative fuels can increasingly penetrate our transportation fuels markets,' said Governor Schwarzenegger. 'Only then can we reduce dependency on oil and give our consumers a weapon against gas price increases while maintaining air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.'
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