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RNG Industry Applauds Proposed Increases in Cellulosic and Advanced Biofuels

The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition), Energy Vision, National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), NGVAmerica, and Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) submitted joint comments on August 17 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on proposed 2019 Renewable Fuel Volume Obligations (RVO) under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  The organizations collectively represent the full value chain of biogas-derived cellulosic biofuel under the RFS.

“The Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) industry is leading the way in the delivery of cellulosic biofuel in the United States, making up over 95 percent of our nation’s cellulosic biofuel production and generation of D3 Renewable Identification Numbers under the RFS,” said RNG Coalition CEO Johannes Escudero.  “Our comments are supportive of EPA’s proposal to increase the 2019 minimum applicable volume for both cellulosic and advanced biofuels from 2018 to reflect the continued growth and investments being made in the RNG industry.”

The RFS program has successfully promoted production of renewable natural gas.  Since 2011, the RNG industry has developed over 45 new facilities currently producing cellulosic biofuel, and there are currently more than 50 additional projects under construction or development.  The industry’s cellulosic biofuel production has increased from approximately 33 million gallons in 2014 to over 240 million gallons in 2017.

“RNG investors and developers require certainty and stability to build new production facilities to expand production,” said David Biderman, SWANA Executive Director and CEO.  “We appreciate the signal of stability from EPA in its use of consistency to project available cellulosic biofuel for 2019 in the proposal.”

The comments urge EPA to continue RFS implementation using a predictable methodology for projecting available cellulosic biofuel by providing a consistent formula and consistent data to the RNG industry by which investment decisions can be made.