26 Jun '12, 5pm

What's Wrong With RIN Markets?

What's Wrong With RIN Markets?

As mandated by the 2010 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS2) and implemented by the EPA, RINs are assigned to each new gallon of biofuel produced or imported into the continental US. The EPA segments them into different categories and converts them into ethanol equivalent gallons, based on energy value per gallon. The RINs are eligible for use by obligated parties, such as blenders or importers, to meet their targets. The targets have a nested structure, with the cleanest fuels eligible both within their tier as well as those below it (see Table 1). RINs, once separated from the biofuel, can trade like a financial security. Table 1: RFS Categories and Targets Similar to other environmental commodities like RECs or carbon credits, the purpose of RINs is to utilize traded markets to move capital to the most effective clean projects, or in this case biofuel facilities. Obligated c...

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