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Current-year US biodiesel RINs reach lowest level since 2014

Houston — Prices for current-year biodiesel Renewable Identification Numbers in the US were assessed at their lowest level in more than 56 months Friday.

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S&P Global Platts assessed D4 ethanol RINs for 2018 compliance at 33.5 cents/RIN early Friday, where they were then heard re-offered at the same level. Friday's assessment was the lowest for current-year RINs since Platts assessed 2014 RINs at 33 cents/RIN on January 15, 2014.

RIN prices have plunged across the board in 2018, as worries about possible changes to the US' biofuels policy and the US Environmental Protection Agency's use of exemptions have proliferated.

Biofuel industry supporters have said in the past that Renewable Fuels Standard waivers could be used to undermine federal blending requirements and reduce demand for RINs.

Putting further pressure on prices are reports of a possible announcement from the White House on Tuesday that could include potential restrictions on RINs trading that the market worries could affect the value of the credits.

The EPA issues RINs to track renewable fuel usage throughout the supply chain. Refiners and importers -- called obligated parties -- use them to show the EPA that they have fulfilled their mandated government use of renewable fuels. If the obligated party has not used enough physical product, it can buy RINs to satisfy the quota. -- Wesley Swift, wesley.swift@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Keiron Greenhalgh, newsdesk@spglobal.com