NEW HAVEN, CT – Last month, Governor Lamont signed Public Act 21-181, revising Connecticut heating oil standards to require an increasing percentage of low-carbon fuels, such as biodiesel, be included in heating oil sold in the state. Such low-carbon fuels must meet a minimum 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emission compared to traditional petroleum diesel. The requirement is expected to be met by biodiesel and other renewable fuels, which reduce greenhouse gas emission by 86% on average and also significantly reduce particulate emissions. Such fuels have been labeled a Clear Air Choice by the American Lung Association for its ability to reduce overall health costs by lowering the risk of asthma and other respiratory diseases in urban areas.
Raf Aviner, President of Kolmar Americas, Inc., American GreenFuels, LLC’s parent company, said “we want to thank Chairmen Arconti, Needleman and Ranking Members Formica and Ferraro, as well as the entire Energy & Technology Committee, for recognizing the immediate environmental benefits and greenhouse gas savings biodiesel offers our State. We also give a special thank you to Rep. Gresko for his efforts in championing the Connecticut biodiesel and Bioheat® fuel industry to promote Connecticut-made green energy that helps our State meet its climate goals.”
Paul Teta, Executive General Counsel of Kolmar Americas, Inc. said “this is a true success story for Connecticut. The drop-in fuel we produce in New Haven turns waste such as used cooking oil into high quality fuel—which is distributed to consumers throughout the State by our friends in the Bioheat® distribution business. Additional thanks goes to Chris Herb, President of the Connecticut Energy Marketer’s Association who helped us with this important initiative. Enactment of P.A. 21-181 will ensure every Connecticut resident enjoys the environmental and health benefits of higher blends of biodiesel in their heating oil —and we are pleased that our State lawmakers are ensuring Connecticut goes green.”
“Biofuels will be increasingly used and indispensable as we work toward a greener fuel industry to meet the goals we have set for ourselves and the healthier environment we envision for our children and future generations," Rep. Arconti said. "As House Chair of the Energy and Technology Committee, I am proud of the work of my colleagues to pass legislation last session that furthers this mission and look forward the continuing work to expand cleaner fuel alternatives and reduce our carbon footprint."
Rep. Joe Gresko, Chairman of the Environment Committee said “increasing the usage of biodiesel in home heating oil provides immediate greenhouse gas reductions today for our State and diversifies our portfolio of sustainable energy sources to help meet Connecticut’s climate change goals – with a homegrown fuel made right here in Connecticut.”
Chris Herb, President of the Connecticut Energy Marketer’s Association said “we applaud the legislature for recognizing that biodiesel is the fastest and most affordable solution for homeowners and businesses to lower emissions. Biodiesel blending reduces our carbon footprint without requiring consumers to spend tens of thousands of dollars to convert to another fuel.”
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