EPA proposes to allow landfill gas-based fuels to generate RINs under RFS

By Staff | July 01, 2013

The U.S. EPA has published a proposed rule to allow renewable diesel, renewable naphtha, and renewable electricity produced from landfill gas and used to power vehicles to generate cellulosic or advanced biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). In addition, renewable compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas produced from landfill biogas would also be able to generate cellulosic RINs.

"Without commenting on any particular part of the rule making, the ABC is pleased that the EPA has issued the notice of proposed rulemaking," said Patrick Serfass, American Biogas Council executive director. "ABC as an organization and many of its member companies have been anticipating the release of this rule for some time. We are very excited to be working with the EPA to shape a pathway for biogas and its transportation uses, and look forward to a final rule being released later this year."

The proposed rule also includes several other amendments to the RFS, including those allowing biobased butanol to qualify as an advanced biofuel and clarifying the definition of crop residue to include corn kernel fiber.