Soy biodiesel plus heating oil = bioheat

WASHINGTON, DC, December 2, 2004 (ENS): To cut down on home heating costs and polluting emissions, a growing number of customers are turning to biodiesel to power oil furnaces and boilers. Blends of biodiesel and heating oil, known as bioheat, offer a cost-competitive alternative to regular heating oil. Bioheat is becoming increasingly available, particularly in the Northeast, according to the National Biodiesel Board.

Two Northeast companies have recently joined the small number of energy retailers that provide bioheat to their customers.

MASS BIOFUEL, the sister company of Fisher Churchill Oil Co. in Dedham, Massachusetts, began offering a blend of soy biodiesel and low sulfur heating oil on November 1.

Bob Warren, MASS BIOFUEL president, says that although marketing has just begun the initial response from his customers has been positive.

“Bioheat's time has come,” said Warren. “Customers are looking for alternatives. They are fed up with OPEC. Bioheat will reduce our dependency on foreign oil, help clean up the environment and increase income for our American farmers.”

In Manheim, Pennsylvania, Worley & Obetz, Inc. began providing bioheat to its customers this year. Company officials estimate that, on average, there are five gallons of renewable fuel in each home heating oil delivery.

Testing conducted by the Massachusetts Oilheat Council and the National Oilheat Research Alliance found that a blend of 80 percent low sulfur heating oil and 20 percent biodiesel (B20) reduced sulfur oxide emissions by at least 80 percent.

Nitrogen oxide emissions were lowered by about 20 percent. In addition, carbon dioxide emissions can be lowered by 20 percent.

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