Representing New York's Heating Fuels Industry

Downstate Bioheat Blending Now NY State Law

On September 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his approval to Senate bill #5422-A, which now becomes Chapter 315 of the Laws of 2017.

Sponsored by Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) in the State Senate and Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) in the State Assembly, the new law requires that "all heating oil sold in the Counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester on or after July 1, 2018 shall contain at least 5% renewable biofuels."

When matching the current 2% New York City blending standard...(which increases to 5% on October 1 of this year)...this new law will essentially require a 5% biofuel blending standard for some 70% of the heating oil sold in New York State.

As Kevin Rooney, CEO of the Oil Heat Institute of Long Island (OHILI) noted, "this new blending standard, coupled with the existing state requirement that all heating oil sold be ultra-low sulfur, means that by next year oil heat dealers in the downstate region will be selling the cleanest, most environmentally compatible fuel of any heating oil market in the nation."

He further added that this legislation would not have passed the Legislature and become law had it not been for Mike Trunzo, the Albany representative for OHILI, the National Biodiesel Board and the NY State Energy Coalition. "While many individuals and groups were involved to some degree, this law would not have happened without his tireless efforts on our mutual behalf. If there are any kudos for a job well done, he is the most worthy of recipients," Rooney stated.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Oil Heat Institute at (631) 360-0200 or info@ohili.org.