Massachusetts to mandate biofuel in diesel

NEW ENGLAND — Beantown wants to see a whole lot more soybeans — in diesel-powered vehicles that is.

The state of Massachusetts will require a biofuel standard in diesel starting in 2010.

The legislation requires biofuel content in all the diesel and home heating fuel sold in the state, gives preferential tax treatment to non-corn-based alternatives to ethanol, and proposes a new fuel standard for the region that will encourage a range of emissions-reducing technologies for cars and trucks.

The Clean Energy Biofuels Act requires a minimum percentage of biofuel, starting at B2 (2 percent biofuel) in 2010 and ramping up to 5 percent by 2013.

The state Department of Energy Resources has authority to delay the minimum content requirements if there are no biofuels available that meet those standards.


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