Biogas fuels enter cellulosic RIN market

By Staff | November 03, 2014

Biogas-based transportation fuels are now helping to meet the cellulosic biofuel requirements of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). According to U.S. EPA data, the first D3 cellulosic biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated for biogas transportation fuels in August. During the month, more than 1.64 million D3 RINs were generated for renewable compressed natural gas, along with nearly 1.85 million for renewable liquefied natural gas.

Biogas-based transportation fuels have been contributing to RFS targets for several years under the D5 advanced biofuel RIN category. In July, the EPA published a final rule qualifying several additional cellulosic and advanced biofuel pathways, including those for compressed and liquefied natural gas produced from biogas from landfills, municipal waste-water treatment facilities digesters, agricultural digesters and separated municipal solid waste.