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New York City’s biodiesel fleet law

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

REG® has praised NYC for announcing a new law that will ensure that a 5% blend of biodiesel is used in the city’s vehicle fleet beginning in 2014, this will then be increased to 20% in the not too distant future. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the legislation into law at New York City Hall.

The specifics

The new law requires the city’s fleet to use a B5 biodiesel blend and this will be implemented as of July 1st 2014. Two years later on 1st July 2016, the level will be increased to B20. A study will be carried out before B20 is fully implemented to ensure that year round it performs correctly. This will utilise 5% of the city’s fleet.

Home heating law

In addition to the above law, a B2 biodiesel requirement has been set for home heating oil and this has been in effect since 2012. As of July 1st 2015 this level of biodiesel will be required for all heating oil sold to any building in the state of New York.

Comments on the new biodiesel law

Daniel J. Oh, REG President and CEO said, ‘thanks to the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg and Councilman Jim Gennaro, New York City has been, and will continue to be a champion of biodiesel usage. This law ensures that legacy of support will continue so that New Yorkers can enjoy the benefits of cleaner air and a healthier environment that biodiesel brings, while diversifying our energy sources and strengthening food supply.’

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.

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