EPA: Cellulosic fuel production continues in September

By Erin Voegele | October 24, 2014

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for September, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month.

Nearly 7.56 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs were generated in September, bringing the total for the first nine months of the year to more than 11.12 million. According to the EPA, 35,473 of those RINs have been generated for cellulosic ethanol so far this year, along with 44,168 for cellulosic renewable gasoline, 5.12 million for renewable compressed natural gas and 5.93 million for renewable liquefied natural gas. All 11.12 million D3 RINs have been generated by domestic producers.

EPA data indicates 17,073 D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated in September, bringing the total for the first nine months of the year to 32,680. About 8,859 of those RINs have been generated for cellulosic diesel, with 26,416 generated for cellulosic heating oil. According to the EPA, 8,859 D7 RINS were generated by domestic producers and 26,416 by importers.

More than 4.2 million D5 advanced biofuel RINs were generated in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 119.47 million. Most, 77.09 million, have been generated for ethanol, with 20.35 million generated for biogas, 11.15 million generated for naptha, and 10.97 million generated for non-ester renewable diesel. To date, 61.83 million D5 RINs have been generated by domestic producers this year, with 57.72 million generated by importers.

More than 1.16 billion D6 renewable fuel RINs were generated in September, bringing the total for the first nine months of the year to 10.68 billion. The vast majority, 10.44 billion, have been generated for ethanol. Approximately 48.06 million D5 RINs were generated for biodiesel, along with 197.07 million for non-ester renewable diesel. So far this year, 10.44 billion D5 RINs have been generated by domestic producers, with 46.14 million generated by importers and 197.07 million generated by foreign entities.

Approximately 211.49 million D4 biomass-based diesel RINS were generated in September, bringing the year-to-date total to nearly 1.92 billion. Most, 1.49 billion, were generated for biodiesel, with 432.29 million generated for renewable diesel. Nearly 1.55 billion D5 RINs have been generated domestically, with 115.34 million generated by importers and 255.76 generated by foreign entities.

As of the close of September, the EPA estimates nearly 12.74 billion RINs have been generated this year. More than 324.94 million of those RINs have been retired, with 378.33 million locked and available and 12.03 billion unlocked and available.

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