BPA webinar to address renewable electricity under the RFS

By Erin Voegele | October 05, 2018

The Biomass Power Association and Greenberg Traurig have announced plans to co-host a webinar that focuses on the role of renewable electricity under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The webinar is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on Oct. 10.

According to the BPA, the webinar will offer a regulatory review of the RFS and the status of its treatment of renewable electricity, including a discussion of the types of power that quality as renewable fuel under the RFS. The webinar will also address the forms of transportation that are considered transportation use on RFS regulations, as well as how the program tracks electricity from production through transportation use. In addition, the event will feature a discussion of what issues remain to be resolved.

During the webinar, the panelists will also explore the hallmarks of successful pathway petitions and facility registration under the RFS, and will address the opportunities participation in the RFS offers in terms of growth and monetization.

Webinar panelists include Bob Cleaves, president and CEO of the BPA; Bernadette Rappold, shareholder of Greenberg Traurig LLP; and Randy Lack, chief marketing officer of Elements Markets.   

"Many biomass, waste-to-energy and biogas producers may not be aware that renewable electricity indeed should be able to qualify for valuable RINs under the RFS," said Carrie Annand, executive director of Biomass Power Association. "This webinar will give you the background on how electricity came to be included in the program, why electricity producers are still not included four years later, and how electricity producers will be able to participate once EPA honors its commitment to include electricity." 

Over the past few months, those in the biomass power and biogas industries have been speaking out to urge the U.S. EPA to process applications from bioenergy producers who wish to participate in the RFS program. Although Congress indicated more than a decade ago that renewable electricity should be pathway under the RFS, and the EPA four years ago approved an electric pathway for the program, the agency has, to date, failed to act on RFS applications from producers of renewable electricity. 

Registration for the webinar is available here.