Lots of positive news this week out of the U.S. as ethanol production trends upward, cellulosic RINs post impressive July numbers, and biofuels and biogas unite in calling for higher cellulosic targets.

Ethanol production highest in 28 weeks

The Renewable Fuels Association reports that ethanol production averaged 1.059 million barrels per day (b/d) last week—or 44.48 million gallons daily. That is up 46,000 b/d—a 4.6% jump from the week before and the highest volume in 28 weeks.

Get the latest ethanol production and fuel consumption statistics at Biofuels Digest.

Biofuels, biogas unite in call for cellulosic targets

Leading U.S. advocates for advanced liquid and gasified biofuels have united to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand behind President Trump’s commitment to driving investment in the next generation of homegrown fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Leaders of the American Biogas Council, Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas have co-signed a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. They call on Pruitt to reverse track on 2018 goals and waiver credits that would suppress demand for cellulosic fuels.

“Over the last decade, the RFS drove a manufacturing boom across America’s heartland during one of the most challenging global recessions in history,” the letter states.

Read more of the letter at Biofuels News.

EPA: 20.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in July

The EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting that more than 1.67 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.36 million cellulosic RINs.

More than 20.36 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs were generated in July, bringing the net total for the first seven months of the year to 115.07 million. So far this year, 4.34 million D3 RINs have been generated for ethanol, with 69.19 million generated for renewable compressed natural gas and 41.57 million generated for renewable liquefied natural gas. Nearly 100.74 million D3 RINs have been generated domestically so far this year, with 14.36 million generated by importers.

Learn more at Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Geoff Hayward

Communications Writer at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.