Manitoba sets biodiesel quality standards

Regulations for the production and sale of biodiesel in Manitoba kick in on Dec. 15, including fuel quality standards.

The new standards, established as part of the Manitoba Biofuels Act, are needed as the province moves forward with plans to establish a biodiesel mandate, Energy Minister Jim Rondeau said in a release Friday.

The regulations will set requirements for biodiesel manufacturers to obtain a licence, as well as reporting and record-keeping requirements for licence holders and penalties for failing to comply with a licence.

They also establish fuel quality standards for biodiesel and blends of biodiesel and petroleum diesel fuel.

Manufacturers planning to sell biodiesel in Manitoba or produce 15,000 litres or more of biodiesel per year will need to have a commercial licence. Smaller-scale manufacturers, producing less than 15,000 litres annually for their own use, will be required to apply for a non-commercial manufacturing licence.

There is no fee to licence as a manufacturer of biodiesel, the province said.

“Meeting fuel-quality standards is vital for protecting consumers, maintaining the integrity of the fuel supply and developing a viable biodiesel manufacturing industry,” the province said in its release.

Biodiesel manufacturers in Manitoba will be able to have their products tested in Selkirk, north of Winnipeg, at Manitoba Hydro Laboratories, an accredited biodiesel testing facility. Other provinces also have accredited testing facilities.

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