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Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Myth of Electricity Storage Breathrough Necessity

Amory Lovins of Rocky Mountain Institute

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By 2025, our programs will help shift the electricity system one-third of the way toward our vision and create the dynamics and momentum to carry us through to 2050. They will cut U.S. electricity use by 18 percent and nearly double renewables’ share of […]

New Biogas Rules in the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard

New Biogas Rules in the RFS
By Edward Dodge on August 01, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The EPA recently announced changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) that improves opportunities for biogas to be utilized as a vehicular fuel by qualifying it as an advanced cellulosic biofuel.

Biogas-derived Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) produced from landfills, municipal waste-water treatment facility digesters, agricultural digesters, and separated MSW digesters all now qualify under the RFS. Additionally, electricity used to power electric vehicles produced from the same sources also qualifies as advanced cellulosic biofuel.

These pathways have the potential to provide notable volumes of cellulosic biofuel eligible for the RFS program and should be a factor in recent discussions to lower RFS fuel volume mandates. Significant volumes of advanced biofuels are already being generated from biogas, and in many cases this same fuel will now qualify for cellulosic RINs. As of 2014 the volumes of starch based (corn) ethanol RINs are capped under the RFS and expanding volumes of fuels are all prescribed to be cellulosic in origin, and can now be met with biomethane.

Credit: DOE, Alternative Fuels Data Center

Under the RFS, the EPA uses RINs, Renewable Identification Numbers, to track renewable transportation fuels. Each RIN is attached to a physical gallon of renewable fuel as it is transferred to a fuel blender. After blending with fossil fuels, RIN’s are used by obligated parties as proof that they sold renewable fuels and met their mandates. Obligated parties may buy and sell RINs to one another and RIN prices are determined by market factors similar to any other commodity.

When the RFS was first established the goal was to promote corn ethanol, biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol. Biogas […]