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New York expands bioheat requirements

June 25, 2013
By Canadian Biomass

June 24, 2013, Houston, Texas - New York legislators have approved mandates spreading biofuel blending requirements for heating oil across the state by 2015.

If signed by the governor, legislation passed
in both houses extends B2 blending requirements that took effect last October
in New York City to Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland counties by October
2014. The mandate further extends statewide by October 2015.

New York already adjusted heating oil
specifications to match ultra-low sulfur diesel.

B2 refers to a two-piece blend of that fuel
with a synthetic diesel produced from soybean oil, animal fats or recycled
cooking oil, among other feedstocks.

"A uniform fuel standard for bioheat across New
York State will promote investment in the heating oil industry and increase the
number of green collar jobs and overall opportunity in the state," said John
Catsimatidis, chief executive of United Refining, and United Biofuels.

Catsimatidis' company purchased an unfinished
7,175 b/d Long Island biodiesel plant out of bankruptcy in February.

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