Oregon has become the 2nd state in the nation to have a 5 percent biodiesel requirement.
The state joins Minnesota in requiring the B5 mix and gained the praise of the National Biodiesel Board:
“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.”
The state has already had a 2 percent biodiesel (B2) requirement in 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 requirement 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.”
The state already had a B2 requirement, along with Washington and Pennsylvania. Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts and New Mexico also have biodiesel mandates that haven’t kicked in yet.