USDA, EPA discussing allowing e-RINs into Renewable Fuel Standard, emails show

Source: By Agri-Pulse • Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told a supporter of e-RINs for electricity produced from biomass and biogas to look for action this summer, emails obtained by Agri-Pulse show. “We are engaged in discussions with EPA on E-rins,” Vilsack wrote in the May 7 email to Thomas C. Peters, President of Gronom Corp. and Angel Energy. “You may be seeing action at long last this summer. Will keep you posted. Not sure it is public knowledge and not a done deal, so you may want to keep this to yourself.”

Peters had sent an email to Vilsack May 1 saying “there are many people who would love to know” why an e-RIN program hasn’t been implemented. Vilsack directed adviser Doug McKalip, now the nominee to be the U.S. Trade Representative’s chief ag negotiator, to find out where EPA was on the issue. “Please find out the reason that this has not been approved and what it would take for the EPA to authorize e-RINS,” he wrote May 1.