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EPA: 2.11 billion RINs generated under the RFS in October

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By Erin Voegele

November 28, 2023

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The U.S. EPA on Nov. 16 released updated RIN data, reporting that nearly 2.11 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in October, up from 1.81 billion generated during the same month of last year.

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Conestoga Energy and SAFFiRE Renewables LLC announced on Nov. 16 their agreement for Conestoga to host SAFFiRE’s cellulosic ethanol pilot plant at Conestoga’s Arkalon Energy ethanol facility in Liberal, Kansas.

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Officials at Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. discussed the company’s proposed plans to boost sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production at its Montana Renewables biorefinery during third quarter earnings call, held Nov. 9.

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SATORP, platform jointly owned by Aramco (62.5 percent) and TotalEnergies (37.5 percent), has for the first time in the MENA region successfully converted used cooking oil through coprocessing into ISCC+ certified SAF.

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U.S. biofuels operable production capacity was up slightly in August, with a small gain for ethanol, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on Oct. 31. Feedstock consumption was down slightly from the previous month.

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Phillips 66 has confirmed the renewables conversion of its refinery in Rodeo, California, is progressing on schedule with startup expected in Q1 2024. Once fully operational, the facility will have the capacity to produce 800 MMgy of renewable fuels.

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Valero Energy Corp. released Q3 financial results on Oct. 26, reporting significantly higher earnings and production volumes for its ethanol segment. Renewable diesel sales volumes were also up and the company’s SAF project remains on schedule.

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Neste Corp. released third quarter financial results on Oct. 26, reporting a 40 percent increase in comparable EBITDA for its Renewable Products segment. Margins and sales volumes for renewable diesel and SAF were also up.

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The call for presentation abstracts for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, produced by Biomass Magazine, is now open. The event will take place March 4-6, 2024, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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Nearly 1.95 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in September, up from 1.73 billion generated during the same month of 2022, according to data released by the U.S. EPA. Total RIN generation for the first nine months of 2023 was at 17.41 billion.

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The Council of the European Union on Oct. 9 adopted regulations for the ReFuelEU initiative. The new law aims to boost both the demand for and supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) within the European Union.

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Operable biofuels production capacity in the U.S. expanded slightly in July, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 29. Feedstock consumption was up when compared to both the previous month and July 2022.

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The Federal Aviation Administration on Sept. 25 launched a new competitive grant program that, in part, can support projects to add sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production capacity to existing renewable diesel and ethanol plants.

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The U.S. DOE has released a RFI to better understand the challenges facing critical elements within SAF supply chains. The agency is specifically seeking input from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and stakeholders.

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The U.S. EPA on Aug. 21 released data indicating nearly 2.04 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in August, up from 1.84 billion generated in August 2022. Total RIN generation for the first eight months of the year reached nearly 15.45 billion.

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LanzaJet and Technip Energies on Sept. 19 announced an agreement to strengthen their exclusive collaboration to support the global deployment of the LanzaJet Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) Process technology for the production of SAF.

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VARO Energy on Sept. 7 announced the construction of a large-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) manufacturing facility at the Gunvor Energy Rotterdam site, investing $600 million with the aim of helping its airline customers decarbonize.

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Lummus Technology has announced the commercial availability of its ethanol-to-SAF process technology. The technology provides operators with a large-scale, commercially demonstrated solution to reduce the aviation industry's GHG emissions.

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Through the GREATER MSP Partnership, Bank of America, Delta Air Lines, Ecolab and Xcel Energy have established the Minnesota SAF Hub – the first large-scale SAF Hub in the U.S. committed to scaling SAF production.

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More than 1.98 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in July, up from 1.71 billion generated during the same month of last year. Total RIN generation for the first seven months of 2023 reached 13.4 billion.

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Biodiesel production in Brazil is expected to increase approximately 5 percent this year, with consumption up an estimated 6 percent, according to a report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network.

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Aemetis Inc. announced on Sept. 6 that the company's Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed an expansion of its India biodiesel plant annual production capacity to 60 million gallons more than one year ahead of schedule.

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EIA: US renewable diesel capacity surpasses biodiesel capacity

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By U.S. Energy Information Administration

September 05, 2023

In January 2023, U.S. production capacity of renewable diesel and other biofuels reached 3 billion gallons per year, surpassing U.S. biodiesel production capacity for the first time, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Canadian consumption of biodiesel and renewable diesel was down approximately 2.3 percent in 2022 but is expected to rebound this year, growing by an estimated 2.6 percent, according to a report filed with the USDA.

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Topsoe was selected by Marathon Petroleum Corp. as the technology provider for renewable fuels production at the Martinez Renewable Fuels Facility in California. The facility utilizes Topsoe's HydroFlex technology to produce renewable diesel.

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The production of renewable diesel at Neste's Singapore refinery expansion restarted in early August according to the company's plans. The production line at the expanded part of the refinery was shut down in June for unexpected equipment repairs.

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Tidewater Renewables Ltd. on Aug. 10 announced that its 3,000-barrel-per-day (45.99 MMgy) renewable diesel complex located at its refinery in Prince Geroge, British Columbia, is mechanically complete and expected to begin production in late August.

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Pertamina, a national energy company in Indonesia, has successfully condcuted static tests on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on CFM56-7B jet engines commonly used in commercial aircraft at GMF Aeroasia's Test Cell facility.

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Doug Haugh, chief commercial officer at Vertex Energy Inc., discussed the company's efforts to expand the types of feedstocks processed in its renewable diesel unit during the company's second quarter earnings call, held Aug. 9.

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Aemetis Inc. released Q2 financial results on Aug. 3, reporting progress with the development of its dairy RNG project and its proposed renewable diesel and SAF biorefinery. The company also highlighted its existing ethanol and biodiesel operations.

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