NBB hosts biodiesel-focused events in New York, Pennsylvania
The conference was designed to provide an overview of the Pennsylvania biofuels industry, and highlighted the importance of Pennsylvania's renewable energy initiatives, the emerging biodiesel mandate in the state and the opportunities the mandate creates for industries and consumers. Pennsylvania's mandate will create an estimated 32 million gallons of biodiesel use annually.
Participants at the conference heard about a wide variety of topics including state biofuel development, legislation, regulations, enforcement, and fuel quality, and ended with a question and answer session. Presenters included Michael Devine, NBB, and Michael Rader and Ben Wootton, from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Also in attendance was the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding.
In May, NBB joined forces with Sprague Energy, Ultra Green Energy, Metro Terminals and the New York Oil Heating Association in New York City, where participants heard from the leaders in the Bioheat industry including NBB, National Oilheat Research Alliance, and Brookhaven National Laboratories. New York's biodiesel industry has the potential to grow significantly with increased Bioheat use.
In the United States, 6.7 billion gallons of No. 2 heating oil is used annually. In the 11 Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states alone, 88 percent of this fuel, or 5.5 billion gallons of No. 2 heating oil, is utilized annually. If the annual heating oil volume in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states were to be supplemented with a B2 blend, 110 million gallons of B100 biodiesel would be required. New York is the largest oilheat-using state in the U.S.