Manitoba’s New Rule For BioFuels

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The Province of Manitoba has become the first jurisdiction within Canada to require the blend of renewable fuel with all diesel fuel, says Energy Minister Jim Rondeau. Manitoba Biofuel BiodieselThe Province of Manitoba has become the first jurisdiction within Canada to require the blend of renewable fuel with all diesel fuel, says Energy Minister Jim Rondeau.


The September 9, 2009 announcement states oil companies must sell a blend of biodiesel with their own product made from a variety of sources, including vegetable oils made from canola, soybeans, and sunflowers.  Initially, the percentage of renewable fuel in diesel fuel will be 2% – which is estimated to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the province by 56,000 tonnes, or the equivalent of removing 11,000 cars off the road. However, in the 2007 provincial campaign, the New Democratic Party pledged a minimum 5% biodiesel mandate. Clearly the province has decided on a more gradual approach to cater to the industry concerns regarding “transition.”


Speedway International of Winnipeg is a licensed biodiesel producer that can easily supply 20-22 million litres of biodiesel on an annual basis, and the provincial government intends to incrementally increase the required ratio of renewable fuel in diesel. Currently, Rondeau states that oil companies must blend as much as 5% biodiesel into diesel fuel during the summer months with a minimum of 2% biodiesel in the winter.


The law coming into effect will be beneficial in creating an important new market for Canadian farmers who produce oilseed that falls below food-grade standard. As an incentive, the provincial government will provide a 14-cent-a-litre subsidy to biodiesel producers. The Harper government has already announced its intent to impose a national mandate for biodiesel by 2012; Manitoba is unwilling to wait that long. In addition, the province of British Columbia will introduce legislation on biodiesel fuel on January 1, 2010.

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