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American Biogas Council both pleased and disappointed over EPA RFS rule

Reacting to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalised a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2019, and biomass-based diesel for 2020, the American Biogas Council (ABC) says that it is "pleased that the EPA continues to highlight the strong and growing role of biogas in the RFS" but disappointed that it still shows "zero progress" toward activating the biogas to renewable electricity (eRIN) pathway.

On November 30, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) Program: Standards for 2019 Biomass-Based Diesel Volume 2020 which sets the final volumes for renewable fuels in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

The American Biogas Council (ABC), the trade association for the entire US biogas industry, highlights that biogas systems recycle organic material like food and yard waste, sewage sludge and animal manure, producing renewable energy in addition to valuable soil products.

“The ABC is very grateful that the EPA has, again, released the final volumes in a timely fashion as certainty helps to finance and build new biogas systems. We are also pleased that the EPA continues to highlight the strong and growing role of biogas in the RFS. Of the 418 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel called for in the RFS, the vast majority, 388 million gallons, are requested from biogas and that represents a 45 percent increase in production from the 2018 volumes. This is a concrete validation of the significant growth in the biogas industry year over year,” said Patrick Serfass, Executive Director,American Biogas Council (ABC) here seen during a panel discussion at the 2018 UK AD & World Biogas Expo in Birmingham, UK.

However, ABC also expressed continued disappointment over the lack of progress on the biogas to renewable power pathway under the RFS.

At the same time, we are disappointed, again, that this rule shows zero progress toward activating the biogas to renewable electricity (eRIN) pathway. This important part of the RFS has remained fallow since its inclusion in EPA’s 2014 Final Rule. Activating the eRIN pathway will stimulate additional growth in the biogas industry which will lead to cleaner air and water, lower greenhouse gas emissions and healthier soil. We want EPA to activate the eRIN pathway immediately by processing the project registrations that are already in EPA’s hands, ended Patrick Serfass.

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