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EPA Proposes Biogas Amendments to the Renewable Fuel Standard: RIN Generation on Electricity from Biogas, Cellulosic RIN Generation and Other Changes



by Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP - Washington Office

May 27, 2013

Previously published on May 23, 2013

On May 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed amendments to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that would further incorporate the use of biogas into the RFS. The RFS requires gasoline and diesel refiners, blenders and importers to purchase and use an ever-increasing number of renewable fuel credits (known as RINs) representing volumes of renewable fuel to offset the annual production of petroleum-based transportation fuel. While the EPA has always permitted RIN generation on biogas used as a transportation fuel, today’s proposal would significantly increase the number of RINs generated on biogas and potentially the value of those RINs.


 

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