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BiogasNews EPA releases 2017 RFS RVOs

RFS volume requirements (million gallons) 2017

Cellulosic biofuel Biomass-based diesel Advanced biofuel Renewable fuel

2018

Volume (billion gallons)

Percentage

Volume (billion gallons)

Percentage

0.311

0.173

n/a

n/a

2

1.59

2.1

1.67

4.28

2.38

n/a

n/a

19.28

10.70

n/a

n/a

SOURCE: U.S. EPA

On Nov. 23, the U.S. EPA released its final rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomassbased diesel. The RVO for conventional fuel has been increased to meet the 15 billion gallon congressional target for conventional fuels. Overall renewable fuel volumes grow by 1.2 billion gallons from 2016 to 2017, a 6 percent increase. Those in the biofuels industry have applauded the agency for increasing the RVOs in its final rule. Renewable compressed natural gas and renewable liquefied natural gas are eligible to meet the cellulosic volume requirements. In 2015, these biogas-based biofuels accounted for a respective 81.49 million and 58.37 million of the 142.31 million cellulosic renewable identification numbers (RINs) that were generated. During the first 10 months of 2016, biogas-based fuels also accounted for the majority of cellulosic RIN production.

Landfill gas-to-energy project breaks ground in Ohio Rumpke, a provider of waste and recycling services, is partnering with Energy Developments (EDL) to construct a 4.8-MW landfill gas-to-electric generating facility at the Brown County Landfill in Georgetown, Ohio. Power generated at the site will be supplied to American Municipal Power. Rumpke and EDL broke ground on the project in early November. The plant is expected to be operational by April 2017. Once complete, the facility is expected to generate enough electricity to power 3,000 homes. “Rumpke has been on the forefront of landfill gas to energy projects,” said Bill Rumpke Jr., president and CEO of Rumpke. “We started harvesting landfill gas at our site in Colerain Township in 1986 and today it remains one of the world’s largest landfill gasto-direct energy pipeline systems. The Brown County system will be our third recovery system, and we are excited to see it come online.” 24 BIOMASS MAGAZINE | JANUARY 2017


2017 January Biomass Magazine