Bluesource offers an

All-Inclusive Suite of Biogas Project Services

 

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We partner with municipalities, dairy farmers and private companies to generate and sell renewable fuel.

Since 2013, Bluesource has advised clients about Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and related environmental markets, pairing RNG produced from a variety of sources with transportation fuel end uses. We assist our partners in the registration of their facilities and the generation and marketing of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits. With extensive experience working with both private companies and public entities, we are your turnkey partner to develop and manage renewable fuel projects.

We also represent hundreds of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations throughout the U.S. and can virtually allocate biogas from both the U.S. and Canada to these dispensing stations, generating the corresponding environmental attributes based on where they are located.

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Your RNG Connection

Bluesource leads clients through all aspects of an RNG project’s lifecycle: registration (RFS2 & other applicable state registrations), transportation offtake, credit generation, quarterly and annual reporting, ongoing compliance management (QAP, Annual Attest Engagement and LCFS Verification) and marketing and monetization. Bluesource’s well-established commercial relationships with obligated and voluntary parties are valuable assets for marketing RIN and LCFS credits to potential long-term fixed offtake buyers and transportation end uses. Our marketing advantage is enhanced through our environmental attribute leadership, technical knowledge and North America’s largest carbon credit portfolio. The resulting effort is unparalleled in its ability to meet the environmental needs of clientele across a diverse spectrum of market participants.

Renewable Fuels Simplified

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Renewable fuel is eligible to generate Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits when it is produced with the intent to be used as transportation fuel, heating oil, or jet fuel in the contiguous 48 states and Hawaii. Each credit generated represents one ethanol-gallon equivalent of qualifying renewable fuel. These credits are used for compliance and are the “currency” of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program needed for blenders and refiners of fossil fuels to fulfill the EPA-specified Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs). Passed in 2007, the RFS(2) requires blenders and refiners to annually purchase and retire RINs based on the volume of gasoline and/or diesel produced to satisfy their RVO requirement, which is calculated and established by the EPA annually. There are four different renewable fuel categories that each have volume obligations. These categories include biomass-based diesel, cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel. Each of these fuel categories has a D-code associated with it based on the feedstock used, fuel type produced, energy inputs and greenhouse gas reduction thresholds, and RINs are referred to by the type of D-code they hold.

Depending on its lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, biogas from wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and agricultural and other digesters can be a D3 or D5 RIN. The lower the greenhouse gas emissions of the feedstock, the more valuable the RIN value. For every MMBtu of RNG produced and allocated to transportation, 11.72727 RINs can be generated.

Like the Renewable Identification Number (RIN), LCFS credits can be generated when renewable fuels are used as transportation fuel in the states of California and Oregon. When RNG is dispensed as transportation fuel in one of these states, both RIN and LCFS credits can be generated as these credits can be stacked. There are two major differences between the LCFS and the RFS programs: (1) how credits are generated and (2) California allows for electric vehicles and other electricity methods to qualify for LCFS credit generation, whereas the federal program currently has no allowable electric vehicle pathways.

Unlike RINs that are calculated based on an ethanol-equivalent gallon, project specific information factors into the LCFS credit generation. For each project registered under the LCFS program, the carbon intensity (CI), expressed in grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule (CO2/MJ), contributes to the value of the LCFS credits that are generated. The lower the CI score, the more beneficial impact that project has on the environment, and therefore, the more valuable each unit of energy.

Like California, Oregon has passed its Clean Fuels Program, and many other states are pursuing state-wide programs intended to reduce the state’s overall carbon emissions. Bluesource monitors the progress of these low carbon programs being implemented and pursued in other states and is aligned with strategic partners in areas that will most likely have future programs.

Each project is individual and specific, and is determined and evaluated on a case by case basis for both RIN and LCFS credits.  In order to generate credits for energy produced, several steps must be completed by the Facility in order to register with the EPA for RIN generation and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for LCFS. Bluesource works with many different types of facilities to help navigate the complexities involved in registering with both the EPA and CARB.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) allows for what they refer to as “Transfer by Displacement.” This same methodology is applied in California under the term “Book and Claim Accounting.” Regardless of the terminology used, these regulations allow for the physical Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to be injected into a commercial pipeline, while assigning the RIN/LCFS credit associated with the injected gas to vehicle dispensing stations across the 48 contiguous states and Hawaii. To have these vehicle dispensing stations registered to an RNG production facility, the registration must demonstrate that the commercial pipeline from the RNG production facility is physically connected to the pipeline used at the dispensing stations. With about 3 million miles of mainline in the U.S. commercial pipeline system, showing physical connectivity has never been an issue with the registration of these projects.

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