Cellulosic RIN generation takes off

By Staff | November 24, 2014

Biogas production could contribute 67.5 million D3 cellulosic biofuel identification numbers (RINs) to the U.S. renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume obligations in 2014, says Genscape in a recent white paper.  Cellulosic ethanol production could contribute up to 9 million RINs if active plants achieve full capacity in the last four months of the year.

If full capacities are reached in 2015, the report predicts biogas facilities could generate additional 162 million D3 RINs next year, with cellulosic ethanol facilities generating an additional 91 million D3 RINs.
Cellulosic biogas has the potential for rapid expansion, says the report.  Citing information released by the the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Genscape estimates the current production of transportation-specific liquid natural gas and compressed natural gas for this year would amount to 40 million ethanol-equivalent gallons per year from 38 facilities, and the coalition’s members have committed to increasing that capacity to 141 million ethanol-equivalent gallons by the end of the year.