Costa introduces bill to increase biofuel use

Continuing his efforts to make New York City more sustainable, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) introduced legislation last week which would increase the use of biodiesel in home heating oil. The bill would mandate that home heating oil contain a 5 percent blend of biofuel by October 2016 and create a framework to raise that blend every five years until we reach 20 percent by 2030.

The current mandate, Local Law 43 of 2010, required home heating oil to contain a 2 percent blend by 2012.»