POET-DSM stops production at Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol facility amid regulatory uncertainty

November 25, 2019
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POET-DSM announced it will stop production of cellulosic ethanol at its 25 MGY Project Liberty facility despite a steady rise in production levels since it launched in 2015. The company places the blame squarely on the EPA's recent management of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which led to a shrinking of the cellulosic biofuel market in the U.S. and a drop in D3 RIN prices. The Liberty facility will now be used for R&D purposes, as POET-DSM plans to adopt a licensing approach. Raizen in Brazil is now the only survivor of the first wave of cellulosic ethanol projects that came online in the 2010s, although Abengoa in Spain and Beta Renewables (now Eni Versalis) in Italy may be getting back into the game. 

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