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Oregon Legislature Passes Bill Establishing State Renewable Fuel Standard

The Oregon Senate today approved House Bill 2210, creating a renewable fuels standard for the state. The bill now goes to Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski for signing into law. Oregon will join the 22 states that already have a combination of retailer incentives, processor incentives or both for renewable fuels. Unique to Oregon are incentives for feedstock production.

The bill establishes minimum thresholds for in-state ethanol and biodiesel (or other renewable diesel) production at which point mandatory blending requirements are triggered.

  • 40 million gallons per year of state ethanol production will trigger a mandatory E10 (10% ethanol) gasoline blend.

  • 5 million gallons per year of state biodiesel or renewable diesel production will trigger a B2 blend requirement.

  • 15 million gallons per year of state biodiesel or renewable diesel production will trigger a B5 blend requirement.

The bill also establishes consumer tax credits for biofuel use.

HB 2210 establishes state production tax credits for such feedstocks as woody biomass, canola, barley, triticale, straw, camelina and flax. A companion bill, HB 2211, provides for greater capital investment in biorefineries, and is still under deliberation in the Senate.

Currently, about 1,000,000 gallons of biofuels are produced annually in Oregon, according to the Oregon Environmental Council.

Earlier this month, Governor Kulongoski signed Senate Bill 838 into law, creating a renewable energy standard in Oregon that requires the state’s largest utilities to meet 25 percent of their electric load with new renewable energy sources by 2025.




I once read somewhere about plans to grow canola/rapeseed for biodiesel production in the northwest--higher oil yield, apparently more suitable for the growing conditions up there. Eastern Oregon tends to be very dry, though. There are huge areas in that part of the state where there is simply nobody, and the wagon wheel ruts from the Frontier days are still very visible.


It's about time! Maybe next we'll consider tightening our wood stove exhaust standards. Right now Germany and WA state have the best. Then maybe well consider banning idling trucks and use of 2-cycle engines during peak walk to work times in downtown Portland. Until then we're a pseudo-walkable city.


Ban 2-cycle engines, period.  What can they do that today's electric tools can't?

I understand that canola is actually GHG-positive; it requires considerable nitrate fertilizer, which creates N2O.  There is also the problem of soil loss with any annual crop.  Oregon may wish to reconsider its subsidy.


Mike, can we get that pretty map which has the states with renewable fuel standards shaded in green? Thanks!

Kit P.

There is a biodiesel crop that rotates with winter wheat providing a second crop and requires no tilling or fertilizer. I do not recall the name or have other details. It sounds perfect for the semi-arid regions of the PNW.

Also keep in mind that Oregon has a small population compared to a large land area. This mandate should be easy to meet. All the Oregon legislature did was pass a law requiring Oregonian to buy biofuels from facilities that were already under construction to meet the national mandate.

Many years ago Oregon made the mistake of not setting up boarder checkpoints to keep out California tree huggers.


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I don't mind having E-10 at the pump but I do not like it being the only gasoline that I can buy.
I have a small farm and some of my eqwuipment is old but still working, I have a 1943, Ford tractor that was not built for Unleaded gas let alone Gas-ahol. I also have 10 small engines that I will not run on E-10.
I am still able to buy Non-Ethanol gas at the distributer, in 5 Gal. cans or I could take a drum and have it filled. I also am paying eighty cents a gallon more for the Non-E10, I think this is unfair, seeing that it is Off Road Fuel" One reason for the higher price is, that it is a "Mid Grade" gas so it can be used in small aircraft.
The distributer where I buy the non-E10 said that they may not be able to get it eventually, then what will I do with all the, thousands of dollars worth of motorised equipment that won't run on E-10? Should I sell out and leave the state or try to find motors that will run on E-10 and borrow the money, ( in todays frightening economy) to pay for the same.
I am not ther only farmer in Oregon with this problem, esspecially small farmer who still run on older tractors, trucks and other motorised equipment. I want the choice of what fuel I can run on, Regular gas or E-10.

Hendo, Southern Oregon

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