Biofuel sector urges EPA to prioritize cellulosic approvals in RFS ‘set’ rule

Source: By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA • Posted: Monday, September 26, 2022

Biofuels advocates are asking EPA to prioritize approval of pending applications for credit under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for cellulosic ethanol production methods ahead of credit for electricity generated from biomass, as the agency crafts its rule to “set” biofuel blending volumes for the years 2023 and beyond. The “set” rule is expected to finally specify how producers of renewable electricity, using sources such as landfill gas, can generate RFS credits known as renewable identification numbers (RINs) for electricity used in transportation. Until now, EPA has declined to allocate such ‘eRINs’, citing the practical difficulty of doing so, but the Biden administration is keen to facilitate policies that encourage use of electric vehicles.