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New York state expands biodiesel use in home heating

New York state Assemblyman Steve Englebright and Senator Phil Boyle passed legislation Wednesday which would expand the state’s minimum biofuel blending requirement to 5pc for all heating oil sold in the Downstate NY area. The bill, which would require heating oil sold in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties to contain at least five percent biodiesel (B5) by 1 July 2018, aims to reduce harmful emissions in the downstate counties by reducing GHG emissions by more than 50pc compared to petroleum.

“By using more biodiesel in their heating oil New Yorkers will enjoy cleaner air, reduce harmful emissions, and experience an overall healthier environment,” said National Biodiesel Board (NBB) chief executive Donnell Rehagen. “This legislation builds on New York City’s continued commitment to clean energy and biodiesel while supporting local jobs and better choices for consumers.” In 2012, New York City instituted a citywide 2pc biodiesel requirement which increases to 5pc in late 2017. With the adoption of the proposed legislation the New York City metropolitan area, which represents 70pc of the state’s heating oil markets, would have a 5pc blending requirement.

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