Feb 16, 2011

Bring on the B-5 biodiesel

Effective April 1st, 2011 all diesel road fuel sold in the state of Oregon will contain a 5% biodiesel blend.

The state of Oregon has achieved a biofuel milestone by reaching an annual production of 15 million gallons of biodiesel. Reaching this goal has set into motion the next phase of the Oregon Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which mandates a minimum of 5% biodiesel to be dispensed in all diesel fuels sold in the state. 

This increases the current biodiesel mandate of 2% biodiesel (98% petroleum) blend. This measure not only assures the sustainable production of biodiesel fuel in the local Oregon economy, but also shows the state's logistical approach in addressing the need to lower our carbon emissions.  

Exceptions to this mandate include:

1.) railroad locomotives
2.) marine engines
3.) home heating applications