NEW YORK (DTN) -- Downstate New York counties are set to join New York City by mandating a 5% biodiesel blend in home heating oil, according to the National Biodiesel Board, with the blended product called Bioheat.
This follows legislation passed last week by the New York Assembly and Senate that would require heating oil sold in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties to contain at least 5% biodiesel by July 1, 2018. The bill now awaits action by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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New York City is the largest municipal consumer of heating oil in the United States. The city instituted a citywide 2% biodiesel requirement in 2012, which will increase to 5% later this year.
The latest legislation means heating oil sold in the New York City Metropolitan area -- which represents 70% of the state's heating oil market -- would have a 5% biodiesel blending requirement.
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