September 6, 2013
New York has been a sustainable showcase under Mayor Bloomberg. The conversion to green and efficient solutions is more than an idea but a process change. The work of cities to deliver on conversions is great steps to implementing sustainability for economy and vitality. The appreciable attention from the “Renewable Energy Group Praises New York City’s Biodiesel Fleet Law: Mayor Bloomberg Signs Bill Codifying City’s Increasing Use Biodiesel Blends in Municipal Fleet” is worth applauding.
Market Watch issued, “New York City’s new law that will utilize a five percent blend of biodiesel in the city’s vehicle fleet beginning next year, and increasing to 20 percent in the near future. The measure, introduced by Councilman Jim Gennaro, codifies the city’s existing use of biodiesel blends in the city’s fleet of approximately 6000 vehicles. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has been using B5 for the last two years and began using B20 this year during warmer months.”
“The new law requires the city fleet to use a B5 biodiesel blend beginning July 1, 2014. Beginning July 1 2016, the city fleet must use a B20 blend from April to November. This law ensures that legacy of support will continue so that New Yorkers can enjoy the benefits of cleaner air and a healthier environment that biodiesel brings, while diversifying our energy sources and strengthening food supply. In addition to the fleet law, the city has had a B2 biodiesel requirement for home heating oil in effect since last year.”
The legislation on new energy policies dedicated to diversifying but codifying the use of energy sources breeds innovation, technologies and efficient infrastructure. The push to clean is not the eradication of other energy but the improvement of the energy grid to reduce intermittent power, brown outs and outages. Biodiesel conversions is an investment in smart grid due diligence and optimizing resources.
- Lignol Energy Corporation invests in waste oil to biodiesel company Neutral Fuels (ecoseed.org)
- NYC’s biodiesel demand to rise (greenchemicalsblog.com)