Connecticut Assembly passes Bioheat bill

By Ron Kotrba | April 26, 2010
Posted May 11, 2010

The Connecticut General Assembly recently passed legislation to incorporate biodiesel and lower the sulfur content in the state's heating oil supply. Bill No. 382 requires that all heating oil sold in the state must contain 2 percent biodiesel beginning July 1, 2011.

In 2012, the mandate increases to B5; in 2015, B10; in 2017, B15; and finally, in 2020, Connecticut will require 20 percent biodiesel in all heating oil.

The bill also requires the sulfur content to be reduced to 15 parts per million by 2014.

There are some caveats to this legislation. First, Governor M. Jodi Rell needs to sign the bill before it becomes law.

The governor's office told Biodiesel Magazine that the bill is still at the clerk's office and has yet to reach the governor's desk. Once the bill does reach Rell's office, she will have 15 days to act on it.

There also must be sufficient in-state biodiesel production, meaning at least 50 percent of the annual mandated volume of biodiesel based on data from the Energy Information Administration and the U.S. DOE.

The bill also requires that the states of New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts pass bills of a similar nature.
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