Bioheat® fuel, Biodiesel, & Other Clean Fuels Recognition, Legislations, & Support
Mayor Bloomberg included biodiesel, Bioheat® fuel, and several other green energy initiatives in his international acclaimed environmental blueprint “PlaNYC,” which already requires many city buildings to use Bioheat® fuel.
Local Law 43, a legislation signed by Mayor Bloomberg in August 2010, requires that a minimum of 2% biodiesel be blended into all grades of heating oil - #2, #4, and #6 beginning in October 2012. Before he signed the bill, in July 2010, the Mayor came to our Brooklyn facility in order to express his support for the Bioheat® fuel mandate.
Local Law 84, a legislation signed by Mayor Bloomberg in December 2009, amends the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to benchmarking the energy and water efficiency of buildings. According to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, owners of all buildings over 50,000 sq. ft. (both residential and commercial) must benchmark their building's energy and water use by MAY 1, 2011 using 2010 ENERGY AND WATER DATA. Benchmarking services include aggregation of historical utility information (energy and water), filing of any required compliance reports, and creation of a benchmarking report for each building. Local Law 84 affects 16,000 buildings in New York City, and it has the potential to transform how we understand our energy usage and pave the way for better sustainability laws.
Building owners should use the EPA’s free online Portfolio Manager to measure their energy use. The interactive tool allows you to track and assess the energy and water usage of a single building or a series of properties. Every year, building owners must submit their benchmarking reports to the city’s Department of Finance. All of the information will be available to the public within two years, meaning consumers will be able to clearly see how much they will spend on utility bills before signing a lease.
The New York Oil Heating Association, New York League of Conservation Voters, and the American Lung Association all support the use of biofuels.
There is currently a New York State tax credit, called Claim for Clean Heating Fuel Credit, that offers residential and commercial users of bioheat a credit amount that equals $.01 per gallon for each percent of biodiesel included in the Bioheat® fuel, not to exceed $.20 per gallon.