By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine.
On Dec. 28, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition the U.S. EPA waive the 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic volume obligation, citing a shortfall in 2016 cellulosic production.
Within the waiver, AFPM notes that the EPA set the 2016 renewable volume obligation (RFO) for cellulosic biofuel at 230 million ethanol-equivalent gallons. Data published by the U.S. EPA currently shows approximately 159.83 million cellulosic renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the RFS program on a net basis during the first 11 months of 2016. Data for December is not yet available. From January through November 2016, 3.3 million D3 cellulosic RINs were generated for ethanol, along with 96.53 D3 RINs for renewable compressed natural gas, 61.36 million RINs for renewable liquefied natural gas, and 534,429 D7 cellulosic diesel RINs for cellulosic heating oil.