Oregon launches B2 biodiesel requirement

By | July 15, 2009
Posted August 4, 2009

Oregon's 2 percent biodiesel (B2) requirement goes into effect on August 5, making it the third state supporting increased reliance on the cleaner-burning, domestically produced fuel. Oregon's biodiesel production capacity has reached five million gallons, which triggered the requirement.

Established as part of renewable energy legislation passed in 2007, nine counties in northwest Oregon will lead the adoption on August 5. The rest of the state will join by October 1.

"Oregon recognizes the proven track record of biodiesel performance as well as its benefits for green jobs, energy security, the environment, and more," said National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe. "The NBB has resources in place to assist in implementation, including an information hotline for anyone with questions."

Minnesota was the first state to enact a B2 requirement. In May, it was increased to B5. Washington State currently has a B2 requirement in place. Massachusetts will require diesel and home heating oil sold in the state to contain 2 percent biodiesel starting July 1, 2010. Pennsylvania also has a B2 requirement on the books, scheduled to be implemented January 1, 2010.

Biodiesel already has a significant presence in Oregon. The state is home to three biodiesel plants: Beaver Biodiesel in Albany, Green Fuels of Oregon in Klamath Falls, and SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel in Salem. Also, biodiesel is a key part of the City of Portland's strategy to keep it as one of the greenest cities in the world. The city has used a minimum of 20 percent biodiesel in its fleet of several hundred diesel vehicles since 2004.

"We are absolutely committed to biodiesel and are happy to see the rest of the state using it, too," said Michele Crim, Sustainable Government Policy and Program Manager for the City of Portland. "Science supports that biodiesel is cleaner burning and better for the environment, so this is a good move for the state."

Jobe commended the state's strong fuel quality enforcement program. "Their fuel quality efforts are consistent with our overall industry efforts, and we are confident that Oregon will have a successful implementation of this requirement," he said.

Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from diverse resources such as soybean oil, recycled restaurant grease, canola oil and beef tallow. The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association of the biodiesel industry and is the coordinating body for biodiesel research and development in the United States.
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