NBB applauds Pennsylvania's B2 efforts

By | February 10, 2009
Gov. Ed Rendell recently announced that Pennsylvania biodiesel producers hit the mark to trigger a statewide B2 standard that will go into effect January 2010.

"Pennsylvania is one of only a handful of states that has adopted biodiesel requirement legislation," said Shelby Neal, National Biodiesel Board director of state governmental affairs. "Pennsylvania is improving its environment, enhancing economic development during a challenging time and helping the U.S. break its dependence on foreign oil."
Pennsylvania will join Minnesota, Washington and Oregon as states whose minimum standards ensure greater state energy security by requiring at least 2 percent of all diesel fuel to be fully renewable. Louisiana, New Mexico and Massachusetts have also passed standards. As state legislative sessions reach full swing, biodiesel legislation is again a hot topic.

"The major challenge we've always had is getting fuel out to the public," said Ben Wootton, president of the Pennsylvania Biodiesel Producers Group and president of Keystone Biofuels, a Pennsylvania biodiesel producer. "We repeatedly hear, 'Where can I buy the fuel?' This legislation helps ensure that the oil companies' terminals offer biodiesel product."
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