The quality of your heating oil has a big impact on how efficiently your boiler or furnace operates heating and how long your equipment lasts. That’s why your Massachusetts heating oil company provides the cleanest fuel possible with each heating oil delivery. It’s better for the environment and better for your heating system.
The heating oil industry continues its commitment to fight climate change by improving efficiency and cleanliness. This is due to the combination of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) and Bioheat® fuel.
Heating oil companies in Massachusetts remain on a proven pathway to reduce carbon emissions (CO2) with their embrace of Bioheat® fuel. This clean-burning fuel–also referred to as advanced biofuel – blends ULSHO with recycled and organic materials such as animal fats, used cooking oil, and vegetable oils. This renewable liquid fuel is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and it’s produced under rigid specifications.
Some Massachusetts heating oil companies that started off delivering Bioheat fuel blends at 2% (known as B2) are now offering a B20 blend. And retailers who are registered with the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard are delivering blends above B20 if the fuel meets the program’s rigid specifications. Meanwhile, the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) continues to pursue research with other partners on making B100 Bioheat fuel a reality.
Massachusetts aims to be a pioneer in the U.S. in the fight against climate change and the renewable liquid heating fuel industry is playing an important role to make that a reality.
To achieve these critical clean energy goals, our energy mix must be both reliable and renewable. Bioheat fuel is renewable by definition and is having an immediate impact on reducing carbon emissions across the Commonwealth. Biodiesel supply is abundant, and the infrastructure is in place to significantly increase supply even further.
Bottom line: the heating oil industry remains committed to helping the Commonwealth reach the net-zero carbon emissions goals outlined in the state’s Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2050. And that can be done without saddling homeowners with unnecessary and expensive conversions to other energy sources.