Following New York City’s lead, New York has now passed legislation requiring that all heating oil sold in the state contain at least 2% biodiesel, a product also known as bioheat.

Biodiesel is the first alternative fuel designated as an advanced biofuel by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reach a billion gallons of annual production, the National Biodiesel Board said. It is domestically produced from agricultural co-products and byproducts such as soybean oil, animal fats, and recycled cooking oil.

The legislation calls for all heating oil sold in the City of New York, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland counties to contain at least 2% biodiesel by Oct. 1, 2014, and all heating oil sold statewide to meet this standard by July 1, 2015. The legislation will become effective upon the governor’s signature.

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