NBB applauds Oregon’s move to B5

By NBB | April 21, 2011

The National Biodiesel Board applauded the state of Oregon on its progressive upgrade from a B2 requirement to B5. In April, the NBB helped garner news coverage of the state’s biodiesel program—now the second state to require B5. 

“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.” 

Neal noted that 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. The NBB is committed to supporting state policy that supports biodiesel. The state regulatory team’s staff has visited 17 states in the last six months as a part of this effort.

Washington and Pennsylvania both have a B2 requirement in effect. Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts and New Mexico have all passed similar legislations that haven’t yet taken 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 new statewide requirement took effect April 1. It will generate about 25 million gallons of biodiesel demand annually.

“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.”

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