Partnership for Electric Pathways

The Partnership for Electric Pathways (PEP) is working to ensure that waste and waste gases are used to produce the renewable fuel of the future – electricity – to power electric vehicles.

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Our Mission

Expanding America’s Renewable Fuel Supply

Renewable fuels are fundamental to decarbonizing transportation, and electricity is becoming the fuel of the future. PEP represents a new partnership between the transportation, energy, and agricultural industries designed to expand America's renewable fuel supply.

We aim to simultaneously accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles and reduce emissions from the electricity that powers them using existing, available resources and organic wastes. The gases emitted at existing solid waste, wastewater, agricultural, and other organics processing facilities, including methane, can be captured and used to produce renewable electricity for EVs. 

Our mission is to ensure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalizes its “Electric Pathways” framework proposal as part of its Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS) as soon as possible, allowing for the generation of electric-RINs (eRINs) for renewable electricity that is used to power electric vehicles.

The RFS Electric Pathways connect the four “Ws”: reducing emissions from waste gases, particularly methane (Waste); generating more renewable electricity (Watts); deploying more EVs (Wheels); and supporting hundreds of thousands of new, high paying construction and operations jobs in communities across the country (Workforce).
Waste

7 MMT of methane emissions avoided

7 million metric tons of methane are emitted each year from organic waste sources. Technology in use today can capture up to 90 percent of those emissions to produce electricity.

Watts

100 million MWh of renewable electricity

If captured and used productively, all of those waste gases would produce 100 million megawatt-hours of baseload, renewable electricity annually, enough electricity to power more than 45 million EVs.

Wheels

13.2 million additional EVs

The US Department of Energy estimates the RFS Electric Pathways could add as many as 13.2 million EVs to the road by 2030 over baseline adoption.

Workforce

400,000 new jobs

15,000 facilities that process organic waste in the U.S. could produce electricity. Developing these could result in 374,000 new construction jobs and 25,000 permanent operations jobs.

Latest News From PEP, Our Members, and Around the Web

Watts Going On

More to do on Methane

PEP members OPAL Fuels and American Biogas Council respond to a recent study from the journal Science which revealed that methane emissions from landfills are higher than we thought, explaining how an eRIN pathway would help reduce these methane and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Mayoral, Municipal Letter to Administrator Regan in Support of eRINs

Mayors and municipal leaders from across three states signed a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan asking for the finalization of an eRIN pathway in the RFS, explaining how the eRINs program would help capture and reduce methane emissions in their communities.
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eRINs: A Sustainability Tool Leveling the Field for Smaller Farmers by Increasing Revenue and Sustainability

Learn more about how EPA can support methane capture and conversion into renewable energy sources, empowering smaller agricultural operations and fostering a more resilient farming community.
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PEP Statement on Dept. of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024

This new Congressional appropriations package includes big wins for energy security, small farms, and the use of waste methane emissions. It directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to report within 90 days a plan to implement eRIN credits. This Congressional support affirms its intent to help finalize the eRINs program, so that American small farms have greater ability to capture on-farm waste methane and convert it to electricity for use in the transportation sector. EPA has done — and continues to do — heroic work as the key player in the Biden Administration’s whole-of-government approach to clean energy and energy security. This legislation would nudge EPA in the direction of notching yet another win for the global climate and rural economies.
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Startup Targets Small Landfill Gas to Ease EV Power Grid Strain

PEP member Vespene Energy has received provisional approval for a $400m loan guarantee from the DOE's LPO to develop more than 50 small municipal landfills, many of which are currently emitting methane. Vespene's ability to advance the development of these projects will depend meaningfully on the eRIN program.
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A Majority of News-Attentive Voters Support eRINs

A national poll conducted by Hart Research and commissioned by The Partnership for Electric Pathways (PEP) revealed that a majority of news-attentive voters support eRINs.
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Legal White Paper from Arnold & Porter on the Statutory Authority for EPA’s 2022 Proposal to Revise Its eRINs Regulations

The Partnership for Electric Pathways (PEP) commissioned attorneys at Arnold & Porter to conduct a legal analysis of EPA’s eRINs proposal. The analysis concluded that commenters who seek to challenge EPA’s longstanding position treating renewable biomass-based electricity as a renewable fuel in the RFS program are both out of time and off base on the merits. Even if this legal issue were within the scope of EPA’s eRIN proposal (which it is not), EPA’s interpretation of “renewable fuel” is well-grounded in the text, structure, history, and purposes of the RFS statutory provisions.
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Partnership for Electric Pathways (PEP) Launches, Urging EPA to Finalize eRIN Regulations

Coalition's 20+ members push for electricity generated from captured methane to qualify as renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard program.
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New coalition urges EPA to advance electricity pathway under renewable fuels program

“We share the common goals of reducing emissions, capturing waste, and decarbonizing transportation while growing the American workforce,” the groups wrote to EPA in a letter.
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Partnership for Electric Pathways Announcement Letter to EPA

The Partnership for Electric Pathways (PEP) sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan on November 20, 2023 announcing the formation of PEP and reiterating the environmental and economic benefits of immediate implementation of the eRIN program.
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Senators Urge EPA to Fully Implement the RFS eRIN Pathway

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and five Senators sent a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan regarding the eRIN Pathway.
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Congresswoman Pingree to EPA: eRIN Pathway Must Move Forward

Long-stalled eRIN Pathway must move forward to reduce emissions, fight climate change, says a group of eight Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Unforced Error on Electrification Policy, According to CEO of Alliance For Automotive Innovation

John Bozzella, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance For Automotive Innovation, posts about EPA’s failure to finalize the eRIN Pathway.
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