Pumping up local biodiesel

A legislative mandate requires a 2 percent biodiesel blend with Oregon’s standard diesel.

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Oregon’s “B2” blend requirement makes it the third state to increase the use of locally made biodiesel.

The Oregon mandate is part of the green energy policy that Gov. Ted Kulongoski and state lawmakers have promoted with hopes of expanding the biodiesel industry in Oregon while reducing carbon emissions.

But homegrown manufacturers still face competition from other biodiesel suppliers, especially Midwest soybean farmers sometimes favored by petroleum distributors who want consistent quality and cost savings from high-volume production.

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