EPA approves new fuel pathways
The U.S. EPA has published a new final rule, qualifying additional fuel pathways under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) for cellulosic and advanced biofuels. The rulemaking covers two new feedstocks: camelina and energy cane. It also qualifies renewable gasoline and renewable gasoline blendstocks made from certain feedstocks via specified processes as cellulosic for RFS compliance.
Under the new rule, ethanol, renewable diesel (including jet fuel and heating oil) and naphtha produced from energy cane feedstock can now qualify to generate cellulosic biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs). In addition, renewable diesel (including jet fuel and heating oil), naphtha and liquified petroleum gas made from camelina feedstock are now eligible for advanced RINs.
Regarding renewable gasoline and renewable gasoline blendstocks, new feedstocks are qualified as applicable for cellulosic biofuel production under certain conditions. When utilizing natural gas, biogas and/or biomass as the only process energy source, several technologies are also qualified for cellulosic biofuel production.