House Bill 2210, also known as Oregon's Biofuel Mandate, passed in the 2007 legislative session and signed into law kicked in when ethanol production in Oregon reached 40 million gallons a year. That capacity was reached last fall and required 10 percent ethanol blend of motor fuel in Oregon.
Starting January 15, 2008, the cleaner-burning renewable fuel is mandatory in nine counties: Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Yamhill, Polk, and Marion counties.
The rest of the state will follow in stages.
By April 15, 2008, Linn, Lane, Benton, Lincoln, Douglas, Coos, Jackson, Josephine, and Curry counties will join the effort. Finally, by September 16, 2008, all counties east of the Cascades will offer the ethanol-blended fuel as required. The City of Portland has its own requirement for ethanol-blended fuel already in place.
What does all this mean to the average motorist in Oregon?
"The consumer should see minimal difference in mileage or the performance of their vehicle with the new fuel standard," says Wyckoff. "We already have a number of retail locations around the state that have sold a 10-percent ethanol-blended fuel for years. The new law will now just have everyone on the same page."Advocates of blending gasoline with ethanol say helps the environment, reduces dependency on foreign oil, and will hopefully drop the price of motor fuel. An added benefit to Oregon is the number of jobs created by in-state production of ethanol.
Source: State of Oregon
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