Bioheat Northeast

By Ron Kotrba | September 08, 2011

Experts in biodiesel-blended heating oil will converge in Pittsburgh on Oct. 11 for the Bioheat Northeast workshop, organized by BBI International in conjunction with the National Biodiesel Board. My editorial staff and I developed the solid agenda and we look forward to delivering it to you in October. The workshop will be co-located with BBI’s Northeast Biomass Conference & Trade Show.
The oilheat industry made a commitment two years ago to green its image by embracing

incrementally increasing Bioheat blends. In order to do that, several issues need to be worked out.
On the policy side, the Northeast states—the region where most U.S. heating oil is consumed—are moving toward mandates that trigger when surrounding states pass similar legislation. Since the region is geographically compact but population dense, the distribution network crosses state lines all the time, making it necessary for New England states to have uniform heating oil regulations. A panel of experts will discuss these regional policy issues, as well as federal and local or citywide initiatives, in Pittsburgh.

In addition to policy conducive to expanding the Bioheat market, there are technical aspects to consider in the oilheat industry’s move toward increasing Bioheat blends. These questions include: what are the industry plans for moving forward with higher levels of biodiesel in ASTM D396? What levels can be used in existing burners without changing equipment? What’s the industry’s “move forward,” or progressive, blend and why? How does biodiesel affect NOx in home heating oil applications?

Other items of discussion at the Bioheat Northeast workshop will include a panel on the essentials for oilheat distributors who want to move toward Bioheat blends but don’t know where to start. Also, a panel for property owners and building managers regarding the switch to Bioheat will cover the need-to-know information to entice environmentally conscious tenants and businesses into your property.

Register today at today and we’ll see you in Pittsburgh on Oct. 11.

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