EPA: RIN generation tops 1.64 billion in March

Source: By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Monday, April 26, 2021

The U.S. EPA has released data showing that more than 1.64 billion renewable identification numbers (RIN) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in March, up from 1.58 billion during the same month of last year.

Nearly 35.8 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs were generated in March, including 26.93 million generated for compressed renewable natural gas (RNG) by domestic producers, 6.04 million generated for liquefied RNG by domestic producers, and 2.82 million generated for compressed RNG by importers.

Total D3 RIN generation for the first three months of the year reached 82.86 million. That volume includes 63.87 million generated for compressed RNG by domestic producers, 13.02 million generated for liquefied RNG by domestic producers, 5.74 million generated for compressed RNG by importers, and 232,490 generated for cellulosic ethanol by domestic producers.

Nearly 406.09 million D4 biomass-based diesel RINs were generated in March, including 223.99 million generated for biodiesel by domestic producers, 93.77 million generated for nonester renewable diesel by domestic producers, 65.15 million generated for nonester renewable diesel by foreign entities, 22.72 million generated for biodiesel by importers, and 462,249 generated for renewable jet fuel by domestic producers.

Total D4 RIN generation for the first quarter of the year reached 1.01 billion. That volume includes 549.18 million generated for biodiesel by domestic producers, 243.99 million generated for nonester renewable diesel by domestic producers, 165.99 million generated for nonester renewable diesel by foreign entities, 47.02 million generated for biodiesel by importers, 4.86 million generated for renewable diesel by importers, and 1.4 million generated for renewable jet fuel by domestic producers.

More than 11.82 million D5 advanced biofuel RINs were generated in March, including 6.91 million generated for nonester renewable diesel by domestic producers, 2.45 million generated for ethanol by domestic producers, 2.01 million generated for naphtha by domestic producers, 291,471 generated for renewable heating oil by domestic producers, 149,615 generated for LPG by domestic producers, and 8,056 generated for compressed RNG by domestic producers.

Total D5 RIN generation for the first three months of 2021 was at 43.49 million. That volume includes 29.33 million generated for nonester renewable diesel by domestic producers, 6.49 million generated for naphtha by domestic producers, 6.34 million generated for ethanol by domestic producers, 874,161 generated for renewable heating oil by domestic producers, 442,391 generated for LPG by domestic producers, and 14,916 generated for compressed CNG by domestic producers.

Nearly 1.89 billion D6 renewable fuel RINs were generated in March, including 1.17 billion generated for ethanol by domestic producers and 14.02 million generated for nonester renewable diesel by foreign entities.

Total D6 RIN generation for the first quarter of the year reached 3.17 billion, including 3.13 billion generated for ethanol by domestic producers, 32.75 million generated for nonester renewable diesel by foreign entities, and 1.93 million generated for ethanol by importers.

No D7 cellulosic diesel RINs have been generated so far this year.

According to the EPA, nearly 4.31 billion RINs were generated during the first three months of this year, down from 4.69 billion generated during the same period of 2020.

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