Report suggests Manitoba could raise biodiesel requirement

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WINNIPEG, Man. — The Winnipeg Free Press has reported the province of Manitoba is considering raising its biodiesel requirement from 2% biofuel to 5%.

The province has mandated a 2% blend of biodiesel since 2010. According to the report, the province is in the “early stages” of considering upping the mandate to 5%.

Bob Dolyniuk, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association, told the paper fleets are concerned about the impact higher biodiesel blends may have on engine performance and warranties.

“The diesel engine manufacturers, with the exception of Volvo, will not accept biodiesel over 5% in their engines,” Dolyniuk said, noting the biofuel percentage will exceed 5% in the summer.

“We are not opposed to alternative fuels as an industry,” Dolyniuk added. “My board is in support, but there’s certain criteria that have to be met.”

You can read the full Free Press report here.

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