Growth Energy Commends EPA Proposal to Open Pathways For Grain Sorghum Oil

Washington, DC - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with biofuels that are produced from grain sorghum oil extracted at dry-mill ethanol plants.

The agency stated that its evaluation of the GHG emissions shows that producing biofuels from distillers sorghum oil results in no significant upstream agricultural GHG emissions. 

As such, biodiesel produced from distillers sorghum would meet the life-cycle GHG emissions reduction threshold required for advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

Growth Energy has worked extensively with our producers, as well as the National Sorghum Producers, to make this important change in order to provide additional market opportunities.

“This is great news for numerous ethanol producers who use grain sorghum as a feed-stock, as it opens up an additional market for one of their key co-products,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor.

“Our industry has a history of leading innovation in the production of clean, renewable fuel and in creating value for associated co-products. 

"This is an exciting step for producers who are poised to provide more homegrown fuels to America. 

"We look forward to filing comments and working with the EPA to finalize this important rule.”

For more information, please contact Chris Hogan at 202-545-4025 or chogan@growthenergy.org