EPA: Nearly 230 million cellulosic RINs generated in 2017

By Erin Voegele | January 22, 2018

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for December, reporting that nearly 1.68 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 27.08 million cellulosic RINs. For the full year 2017, a net total of 19.29 billion RINs were generated.

Approximately 26.76 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs were generated in December, bringing the net total for 2017 to 227.38 million. Approximately 10.05 million D3 RINs were generated for ethanol, with 141.24 million generated for renewable compressed natural gas and 76.14 million generated for renewable liquefied natural gas. More than 139.78 million D3 RINs were generated domestically, with 33.65 million generated by importers.

According to the EPA, 327,467 D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated in December, bringing the net total for 2017 to nearly 1.67 million. Approximately 1.74 million D7 RINs were generated for cellulosic heating oil, with 459 generated for cellulosic diesel. According to the EPA, 459 RINs were generated domestically, with 1.74 million generated by importers.

Nearly 6.85 million D5 advanced biofuel RINs were generated in December, bringing the net total for last year to 143.35 million. More than 99.34 million D5 RINs were generated for ethanol, with 31.53 million generated for naptha, 1.96 million generated for heating oil, 8.75 million generated for nonester renewable diesel, and 1.87 million generated for renewable compressed natural gas. Nearly 69.56 million D5 RINs were generated domestically, with 73.89 million generated by importers.

Nearly 1.28 billion D6 renewable fuel RINs were generated in December, bringing the net total for 2017 to nearly 15.09 billion. Most, 14.86 billion, were generated for ethanol, with 244.98 million generated for nonester renewable diesel. Nearly 14.85 billion D6 RINs were generated domestically, with 11.32 million generated by importers and 244.98 million generated by foreign entities.

More than 363.58 million D4 biomass-based diesel RINs were generated in December, bringing the net total for last year to 3.83 billion. The majority, 3.07 billion, were generated for biodiesel, with 770.39 million generated for nonester renewable diesel and 2.74 million generated for renewable jet fuel. More than 2.81 billion D4 RINs were generated domestically, with 694.13 million generated by importers and 339.18 million generated by foreign entities.

As of the close of 2017, the EPA estimates a total of 19.55 billion RINs were generated last year, with 716.61 million retired, 594.1 million locked and available and 18.24 billion unlocked and available.