CNG or LNG from Waste-Derived Biomethane to Get RFS2 Credits
On the Same Basis as Does Cellulosic Ethanol, the U.S. EPA Decides
The U.S. EPA is henceforth granting the same level of RFS2 – renewable fuel standard – credits to compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas derived from sewage or landfill gas as it does for cellulosic ethanol, according to a new regulation signed on July 2.
“EPA is now characterizing biogas as a transportation fuel feedstock,” states the final rule.
Both CNG and LNG from landfill gas, or gas from agricultural municipal wastewater, or municipal solid waste digesters, and separated MSW digesters now qualify as “additional fuel pathways,” the agency says – earning the same RFS2 credits as cellulosic ethanol.
‘Great News for Fleets,’ Says Clean Energy Fuels
“These pathways have the potential to provide notable volumes of cellulosic biofuel for use in complying with the RFS program,” the agency said, “since significant volumes of advanced biofuels are already being generated for fuel made from biogas.” (emphasis added)
According to Harrison Clay, president of Clean Energy Renewable Fuels (a Clean Energy Fuels subsidiary), “EPA’s correct classification of natural gas derived from landfills as cellulosic biofuel is a positive development for Clean Energy’s Redeem renewable natural gas product.
“The classification of biogas CNG and LNG as a cellulosic biofuel will send a strong economic signal to producers that there is a growing and viable market for biogas vehicle fuel under the RFS,” Clay says. “This will increase the availability of Redeem and ensure we can meet customers’ growing demand.
“This new rule will encourage the market for Redeem, which is the cleanest fuel commercially available and less expensive than diesel,” Clay told F&F via a company spokesman. “This is great news for fleets seeking a viable renewable fuel solution available today,” he said.
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Source: U.S. EPA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up