Executive Order to Support Biofuels in New York

New York Governor George Pataki was a major driving force behind the state’s recently adopted Renewable Portfolio Standard and he’s now a major force behind a new initiative to phase in the use of biofuels to help heat state buildings and power state truck fleets. The announcement came during the governor’s recent State of the State address delivered in Albany.

“Last year, I announced that we were going to make New York State a leader in promoting renewable biofuels,” Governor Pataki said. “At Clarkson University, they’re already building refineries to make biodiesel from agricultural products. In order to assist this growing industry and farmers across New York State, I will sign an Executive Order requiring our state agencies to begin phasing in the use of biofuels to heat our state buildings and power our trucks.” The renewable initiatives proposed by Governor Pataki are consistent with the objectives of New York State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard which sets a target of 25 percent renewable energy by 2012, according to industry officials. Members of the governor’s staff are working on the details of the executive order and hope to begin initial implementation within a period of months. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) praised Pataki for showing his support for cleaner air for his state, support to soybean and corn farmers in New York State and greater independence from foreign oil. “Not only will the quality of life for people and workers in New York State improve through decreased pollution, but so will the quality of life for farmers, when value is added to their product, instead of money being sent to Mideast petroleum nations,” said Joe Jobe, NBB executive director. Biodiesel recently received its first federal tax incentive, which went into effect January 1. The NBB expects the new incentive to narrow the price gap between cleaner-burning biodiesel and fossil-based diesel fuel thereby increasing demand and availability.

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