John Deere adds RIN management to software

By Kris Bevill | August 04, 2008
Web exclusive posted August 18, 2008 at 10:12 a.m. CST

John Deere Agri Services has partnered with Clean Fuels Clearinghouse to add its renewable identification number (RIN) management capabilities to John Deere's business management software. The partnership will allow users of John Deere's AGRIS V9 business system to seamlessly connect with Clean Fuels' RINSTAR Renewable Fuel Registry, alleviating the often cumbersome details of RIN management for the registry and attempting to handle it in-house.

Clayton McMartin, president of Clean Fuels Clearinghouse, said biofuel producers who use the system will be able to avoid RIN duplication and other problems that commonly occur when businesses manage RINs on their own. "RINs that come directly from the producers will now be certified by a third-party registry, RINSTAR, and in turn (the producers) will see more value in their product," he said. "That's the big win, as far as I'm concerned." An added benefit to the program will be the ease with which it can be used, McMartin said, adding that the user won't have to key in any additional data to utilize the RINSTAR connection.

"We are pleased to provide our biofuel producer customers an efficient, straightforward process to manage RIN compliance," said Tom Angell, director of marketing for John Deere Agri Services. "By having the ability to communicate with the RINSTAR registry, our customers can focus on their business and reduce effort to meet renewable fuels standard (RFS) reporting requirements."

McMartin wasn't sure yet as to how many RINs are generated by John Deere AGRIS V9 users, but estimated the total could be several billion. Users of the system won't be required to use the RINSTAR feature.

A launch date for the added feature has yet to be set.

The tracking and managing of RINs has been an issue for biofuel producers since last September when the U.S. EPA mandated the use of RINs as a method of tracking the number of gallons that are domestically produced fuel. While producers are required to produce RINs, there is no national registry to assist in tracking and regulating the identification numbers. Clean Fuels Clearinghouse remains the only RIN registry in the United States and has processed over 2.65 billion gallons of RIN transactions in the last year.

Recent reports of low RIN regulation compliance prompted the EPA in June to issue a warning to producers that non-compliance of such regulations is punishable by a fine of $32,500 per day under the Clean Air Act.