Oilheat leaders support industry-imposed bioheat target by mid-2010

By Ron Kotrba | September 18, 2009
Posted September 21, 2009

At a national oilheat industry policy summit last week in Baltimore, Md., leaders expressed unequivocal support for biodiesel-blended heating oil, ultra-low sulfur heating oil and other clean fuels. Oilheat organizations, such as the National Oilheat Research Alliance, the New England Fuel Institute and the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, approved a statement resolving to ensure that by July 2010, a minimum of 2 percent bio content is present in all U.S. heating oil. This depicts an interesting approach to creation of a biofuel standard compared to a purely governmental directive, as the majority of biofuel standards are. Two percent bio content in heating oil would be a starting point, after which the volume is expected to increase.

The Main Oil Dealers Association labeled the gathering last week as "an unprecedented legislative and policy summit," the goal of which was to address challenges and work toward creating ways to turn existing obstacles into opportunities. The National Biodiesel Board characterized the atmosphere of the summit as not unlike "the original Continental Congress of 1776," where "oilheat leadership from Maine to South Carolina stood one at a time to set the industry on a new, cleaner, greener and more sustainable course."

A 2 percent biodiesel blend required in the entire volume of U.S. residential fuel oil would mean an annual outlet for 180 million gallons of B100.
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