Renewable Fuel Pathways II Final Rule to Identify Additional Fuel Pathways under Renewable Fuel Standard Program
EPA has qualified additional renewable fuel production pathways and pathway components that could be used in producing qualifying renewable fuel under the RFS program. This final rule describes EPA’s evaluation of biofuels derived from biogas fuel pathways under the RFS program. These pathways have the potential to provide notable volumes of cellulosic biofuel for use in complying with the RFS program, since significant volumes of advanced biofuels are already being generated for fuel made from biogas, and in many cases this same fuel will qualify for cellulosic RINs when this rule becomes effective.
This action qualifies the following as cellulosic and advanced fuel pathways under the Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS):
- Compressed natural gas produced from biogas from landfills, municipal wastewater treatment facility digesters, agricultural digesters, and separated MSW digesters
- Liquefied natural gas produced from biogas from landfills, municipal wastewater treatment facility digesters, agricultural digesters, and separated MSW digesters
- Electricity used to power electric vehicles produced from biogas from landfills, municipal
wastewater treatment facility digesters, agricultural digesters, and separated MSW digesters
EPA is also finalizing other minor amendments related to survey requirements associated with the ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) program and misfueling mitigation regulations for 15 volume percent ethanol blends (E15).
- Fact Sheet: EPA issues Final Rule for Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Pathways II and Modifications to the RFS Program, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Requirements, and E15 Misfueling Mitigation (PDF) (3 pp, 153 K, July 2014, EPA-420-F-14-045)
- Fact Sheet: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: RFS Pathways II and Technical Amendments to the RFS2 Standards (PDF)(2 pp, 553 K, May 2013, EPA-420-F-13-015)
- Final Rule (PDF) (41 pp, 604K, published July 18, 2014)
- Proposed Rule (PDF) (38 pp, 618K, published June 14, 2013)