Cold Vermont Warms Up to Biodiesel Heating Oil

John Davis

VFDAIt won’t be long before the snow starts to seriously fly in Vermont (if it isn’t already!), and the heating oil dealers in that state are encouraging those Green Mountain Boys… and Girls… to use a biodiesel blend to heat their homes when they come in from shoveling.

This article in the Barre Montpelier Times Argus
says Matt Cota of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association is touting the benefits of biodiesel blended with heating… a combination known as bio heat that is better for the environment and oil burners in homes:

Cota said about 20 heating oil dealers in the state sell the bio heat blend, which can safely be burned in existing heating systems.

Heating oil groups from around the Northeast met in Baltimore last month and endorsed the adoption of a mandatory minimum 2 percent blend of the cleaner burning heating oil by July.

“It’s a very progressive and proactive step by the industry, from South Carolina to Maine, to endorse, support and encourage federal and state bodies to enact essentially a provision which everyone is selling the same high quality, environmentally friendly product,” said Cota, executive director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association.

There are seven states with biodiesel mandates, and Massachusetts requires all home heating oil sold in the state to be a biodiesel blend.