EPA: 3.5 million cellulosic biogas RINs generated in August

By Erin Voegele | September 26, 2014

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for August, reporting that nearly 3.5 million cellulosic RINs were generated during the month. More than 1.44 billion RINs were produced across all five biofuel categories.

According to EPA data, more than 3.49 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs were generated in August, bringing the total for the first eight months of the year to nearly 3.57 million. Approximately 32,742 were generated for ethanol, with 44,168 generated for cellulosic renewable gasoline. More than 1.64 million were generated for renewable compressed natural gas, along with 1.85 million for renewable liquefied natural gas. So far this year, all 3.57 million D3 RINs have been generated by domestic producers.

EPA data indicates 5,532 D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated in August, bringing the year-to-date total to 17,315. About half, 8,859, of those RINs were generated for cellulosic diesel, with 9,343 generated for cellulosic heating oil. So far in 2014, 8,859 D7 RINs have been generated by domestic producers, with 9,343 generated by importers.

More than 4.57 million D5 advanced biofuel RINs were generated in August, bringing the total for the first eight months of the year to 115.16 million. Nearly 74.89 million were generated for ethanol, with 20.35 million generated for biogas, 10.09 million generated for naptha, and 9.9 million generated for non-ester renewable diesel. Approximately 57.52 million D5 RINS were generated by domestic producers so far this year, with 57.72 million generated by importers.

Nearly 1.22 billion D6 renewable fuel RINs were generated in August, bringing the year-to-date total to nearly 9.52 billion. Most, 9.29 billion, have been generated for ethanol, with 34.12 million generated for biodiesel and 197.07 million generated for renewable diesel. More than 9.29 billion D6 RINs were generated by domestic producers, with 32.2 million generated by importers and 197.07 million generated by foreign entities.

Approximately 215.69 million D4 biomass-based diesel RINs were generated in August, bringing the total for the first eight months of the year to nearly 1.71 billion. Most, 1.28 million, were generated for biodiesel, with 423.29 million generated for non-ester renewable diesel. To date this year, 1.35 million D4 RINs were generated by domestic producers, with 96.64 generated by importers and 255.76 million generated by foreign entities.

As of the close of August, the EPA estimates nearly 11.35 billion RINs have been generated so far this year. Approximately 266.38 million have been retired, with 390.37 million locked and available and 10.69 billion unlocked and available.