EPA approves pathway for Advanced BioEnergy

By Tim Albrecht | January 04, 2018

The U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer petition by Advanced BioEnergy LLC for a fuel pathway at its facility in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The pathway allows facility to generate renewable fuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard for non-grandfathered ethanol produced. The ethanol is produced through a dry mill process using corn starch as feedstock.

Ethanol plants that have approved efficient producer pathways are able to generate RINs for production volumes above those grandfathered under current RFS regulations. When the RFS was established in its current form, the rulemaking grandfathered in the production volume of existing corn ethanol plants. To qualify for compliance with the RFS program, any new production above the grandfathered gallons must meet a 20 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction threshold when compared to the program’s gasoline baseline. The efficient producer pathway petition process is designed to aid ethanol plants in gaining pathway approval for expanded production above those grandfathered volumes.

The data submitted by Advanced BioEnergy shows its 53 MMgy plant achieves a 20.6 percent GHG reduction when compared to baseline gasoline. A typical natural gas-fired drill mill plant producing 100 percent dry distillers grains achieves a 16.8 percent reduction.

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