Starting in October this year all heating oil sold in New York City will contain a blend of 2% biodiesel. Legislation providing for the sale of Bioheat, a blend of heating oil and biodiesel, was passed last week. Shelby Neal, state regulatory director for the National Biodiesel Board, points out that New York City is already the largest municipal user of biodiesel in transportation applications. Neal calls this latest move a progressive step towards cleaner emissions from heating the homes and buildings there.
Neal notes the biodiesel is likely to be made from many sustainable, renewable resources including recycled cooking oil. In a city with more than eight million people and 20,000 restaurants within its limits, this Bioheat requirement is a golden opportunity to recycle the city's used cooking oil into cleaner burning fuel.
New York City uses more than a billion gallons of heating oil a year, so 2% biodiesel represents a 20 million gallon market for biodiesel. The move to Bioheat will support green jobs and domestic energy security. Neal hopes New York City's progressive actions will encourage other cities serious about greening efforts to follow suit.