March 30, 2011

Oregon’s Diesel To Contain 5 Percent Biodiesel

Oregon is about to become the second state to require that most of the diesel sold there contain at least 5 percent biodiesel (B5). The National Biodiesel Board applauded the state on its progressive upgrade.

“Policymakers in Oregon should be congratulated for displaying national leadership on clean energy issues,” said Shelby Neal, NBB regulatory affairs director. “As a result of the biodiesel policy, Oregon's citizens will enjoy cleaner air, green jobs, and a higher level of energy independence.”

The state has already had a 2 percent biodiesel (B2) requirement in effect. Oregon's B5 requirement was scheduled to be triggered when the in-state production capacity reached 15 million gallons annually, which the biodiesel plants recently accomplished. The requirement will generate about 25 million gallons of biodiesel demand annually.

The new statewide requirement takes effect April 1, but the City of Portland has required B5 since July 2007.

“Increasing the use of domestically produced, low carbon fuels like biodiesel is a win-win for Oregon,” said Rick Wallace, a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy, and the Clean Cities Coordinator of the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition. “We’re supporting the local economy while reducing pollution, rather than relying entirely on fossil fuels to power our state.”

Minnesota was the first state to pass a B2 biodiesel requirement, which has since increased to B5. The state’s required volume of biodiesel is scheduled to rise to B10 by 2012, and B20 by 2015.

Washington and Pennsylvania both have a B2 requirement in effect. Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts and New Mexico have all passed similar legislation that hasn’t yet taken effect.

Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from readily available, renewable resources. It is a domestic, sustainable, cleaner-burning diesel fuel replacement that meets strict quality specifications.


Anonymous said...

"reducing pollution" by decreasing fuel economy in diesel vehicles? I don't think so!!! Not only does ethanol reduce economy and power in a diesel engine, it destroys critical rubber parts and much needed lubrication in expensive fuel delivery systems! However, it does serve well to grease the palms of government officials and lobbyists! Thanks again for verifying your complete ignorance and lack of concern for consumers, Oregon.
Brandon Chaffee
Richland, Or.

Michael A. Gregory said...

I think you are getting biodiesel and ethanol confused. Biodiesel is not simply another term for ethanol. They are completely different fuels. Not a big deal but it does kinda call into question your claim that it is the other side that is showing complete ignorance.

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