BioHeat is a heating oil blend that combines traditional heating oil with Biodiesel. Biodiesel is a renewable resource, made in the United States from natural resources – including soy, sunflower and vegetable oil.
With our commitment to be as green as possible, we have been delivering a BioFuel blend since 2018 to all of our customers. We expect to increase our percentage of biofuel in spring to average near 15%.
BioFuel Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Bioheat – the industry’s official registered name for the fuel blend – is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil with renewable biodiesel made from organic and recycled products such as soybean oil, used cooking oils, inedible corn oil, canola, tallow, fats and algae. These renewable products are defined as “feedstocks” for producing biodiesel. Blends of biodiesel in heating oil are designated in percentages. For example, a 5% blend of biodiesel is defined as B5. B10 refers to a 10% blend, while B20 is a 20% blend. The National Biodiesel Board has trademarked the term BIOHEAT which includes the following categories: Bioheat – blends up to 5%; Bioheat Plus – blends 6-20%; Bioheat Super Plus – blends 21-100%.
No, the biodiesel blended into heating oil to create BIOHEAT must meet rigid specifications set by the American Society of Testing & Materials (ASTM). These specifications are ASTM D396 – Standard Specifications for Fuel Oils and ASTM 6751 – Standard Specification for Biodiesel Fuel Blend Stock (B100) for Middle Distillate Fuels. Biofuel is a broad term that can include various products including biodiesel, ethanol, renewable hydrocarbon diesel, and raw vegetable oil known as RVO or LR100. Raw vegetable oil does not meet ASTM specifications, is not biodiesel or BIOHEAT and is not suitable for home heating oil use. The heating oil industry is committed to offering BIOHEAT that is only blended with feedstocks that meet the ASTM specifications.
The environmental benefits of biodiesel (BIOHEAT) are significant. First, depending on the blend level, biodiesel lowers the carbon content of heating oil. Secondly, biodiesel is made from renewable, organic sources such as the oil from soy beans and used cooking oils. And research conducted by leading authorities such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Air Resource Board indicates that biodiesel/BIOHEAT reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions (sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide) from 50% to 86% compared to traditional heating oil or diesel fuel. Additionally, research conducted by the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) indicates that when ultra-low sulfur heating is blended with biodiesel at 20% (B20), this BIOHEAT fuel significantly reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions making BIOHEAT cleaner than natural gas.
Following extensive testing and research, ASTM, with support from the heating oil industry and the National Biodiesel Board, has set two standards for recommended percentage blends of biodiesel in heating oil. These percentage blend specifications are up-to B5 (5%) and B6 to B20 (6% to 20%). The heating oil industry along with the National Oilheat Research Alliance and the National Biodiesel Board are committed to introducing higher blends of biodiesel into the heating oil marketplace and these organization are conducting ongoing research on higher percentage blends of biodiesel in heating oil.
Under the federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which encourages the blending of renewable biodiesel in home heating oil and diesel fuel throughout the United States, heating oil may contain small amounts of biodiesel. (Retailers are encouraged to contact their wholesale suppliers to determine if they are or are not blending biodiesel at any given time.)
As cited, because of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, heating oil may contain a small amount of biodiesel. However, many heating oil companies in Massachusetts are offering their customers BIOHEAT that contains blends of biodiesel at B10 (10%) and B20 (20%)
The cost of a traditional gallon of heating oil versus a gallon of heating oil that is blended with biodiesel is comparable in price at this time. Blending biodiesel in heating oil has not resulted in significant price swings in the cost of the fuel.
The feed stocks to produce biodiesel that meets ASTM specifications comes from soy bean farmers across the United States, from used cooking oils from restaurants and other establishments, and other operations that generate recycled, organic oils and fats.
Currently in Massachusetts there are no tax incentives for homeowners or businesses using biodiesel/BIOHEAT.
We have been delivering a BioFuel blend since 2018, and all customers receive this same blend.
As of 2018 our fuel is blended with an average of 5% biofuel. We are expecting our average biofuel blend to increase to an average of 15% by spring of 2019 as a part of our commitment to be as green as possible.