New York City passes B2 oilheat mandate

By Erin Voegele | July 13, 2010
Posted Aug. 3, 2010

On July 29, the New York City Council unanimously voted to pass air quality legislation that will ensure all heating oil used within the city contains biodiesel. The legislation, which expected to be signed into law within two weeks, will require the use of a B2 blend of heating oil starting in October 2012.

"New York City has our heartfelt congratulations on once again demonstrating that the city is a leader in renewable energy," said Shelby Neal, state regulatory director for the National Biodiesel Board. "Already the largest municipal user of biodiesel in transportation applications, the city has now taken a progressive step towards cleaner emissions from heating the homes and buildings there…This move to Bioheat will also support green jobs and domestic energy security, and we hope New York City's progressive actions will encourage other cities serious about greening efforts will follow suit."

The New York Oil Heating Association played an instrumental role in drafting the language of the legislation and moving it through the New York City Council, said NYOHA CEO John Maniscalco. "The New York Oil Heating Association is 100 percent in support of the legislation," he continued. "We worked long and hard to get this legislation passed. We're very pleased."

Maniscalco estimates that approximately 10 percent of New York City's oilheat distributors currently supply a biodiesel blended heating oil to customers. One of those companies has been supplying their customer base with a 20 percent biodiesel blend for several years, he continued. According to Maniscalco, the two-year delay before the mandate goes into effect should provide the remaining oil dealers with ample time to upgrade distribution infrastructure to supply biodiesel blended fuels.

"New York City consumes 1 billion gallons of heating oil annually, more than any other city in the United States," said James F. Gennaro, chair of the New York City Council's Environmental Protection Committee. "Our legislation will annually replace 20 million gallons of petroleum with an equal volume of renewable, sustainable, domestically produced biodiesel. We are already home to what will be the largest biodiesel processing facility in the country as well as a growing grease collection industry, and we expect to see more and more green collar jobs and green economic growth as a result of our legislation."
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