RIN generation in new biotechnologies? Most developers of new biofuels technologies need an opinion about the generation of renewable identification numbers (RINs), the credits used for compliance under the EPA Renewable Fuels Standard. There are two issues any expert will need to assist in providing an opinion to a developer. The first hurdle is to make a determination as to whether the fuel meets the definition of a “transportation fuel,” under RFS. This normally means whether the fuel is gasoline or additive, biomass-based diesel, alcohol additive for fuels, jet fuel, or heating oil. The next determination is whether both the feedstock and technology meet the EPA requirements for generating these RINS. If the output does not meet the definition of a “fuel” under the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard, it might be that an expert can assist a developer in determining how the output can be changed to meet the definition.
The EPA requires that the fuel be able to be used in, or as a replacement for, gasoline, diesel, heating oil [not for process heat], or jet fuel. There is also a defined use for biogas and landfill gas-to-power. In many cases, this rule is misunderstood as it sometimes encompasses fuels that are not considered transportation fuels like electricity or certain gas or gas-liquid fuels. Sometimes a developer is at the doorstep of being able to be labeled a “transportation fuel”, but has not quite met all the requirements. A good expert may be able to recommend how the renewable fuel could be upgraded, or changed in some manner, to become a qualified “fuel” able to generate RINs. Equally important is the determination that there is no path for the operation to generate a renewable fuel that will qualify to generate RINS, as this will make a significant financial impact on the income projections and profitability.
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