Balanced Energy Mix

Massachusetts can balance emissions reduction, dependable heating and cost savings

If families, businesses and lawmakers in Massachusetts work together toward a responsible climate strategy, we can take advantage of innovative technologies that lower emissions without imperiling the electric grid or forcing financial burdens on households statewide.

Unfortunately, lawmakers and regulators in Massachusetts are accepting the plans of the most extreme voices in the room. The result is an expensive, reckless electrification strategy. For Massachusetts families, that means being forced to replace furnaces and boilers with less effective heat pumps. They are ignoring decarbonization tools involving traditional home heating fuels.

There are green, readily available innovative liquid fuels such as Bioheat fuel that work in existing oil-fired heating systems without modification.

Right now, countless Massachusetts homes are already using one of the best tools for lowering emissions: Bioheat fuel.

The most refined form of liquid heating fuel around, Bioheat fuel blends ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and renewable biodiesel made from recycled and organic feedstocks.

Compared with traditional heating oil, Bioheat fuel significantly reduces carbon dioxide, sulfur oxide, and particulate matter.

Many heating oil retailers already deliver Bioheat Super Plus® fuel (containing 20% biodiesel or higher). This blend has a better greenhouse gas performance than natural gas. Quite a few retailers are even delivering blends containing 50% biodiesel!

You lose no heating energy with it compared to petroleum fuel. And this product leaves fewer deposits on heat exchangers, so your equipment will need less frequent service and enjoy a longer service life.

Conventional propane is a co-product of natural gas extraction and oil refining. It has low carbon intensity, contains zero methane, and emits almost no particulate matter. And it is becoming even greener with the emergence of renewable propane.

Renewable propane is chemically identical to conventional propane, requiring no system modifications. It’s made using many of the same feedstocks as biodiesel: animal fats, soybean oil, used cooking oil, etc. These ingredients and a production process with low carbon intensity (CI) make renewable propane an important fuel to help reduce emissions.


Renewable natural gas is upgraded biogas derived from municipal waste, yard and crop waste, food refuse, manure and sewage. As part of the renewable natural gas production process, harmful emissions like carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate matter are removed. The fuel can be injected into utility pipelines for use in homes and businesses.

Although renewable natural gas is not readily available at this point, U.S. production of it is expected to be as high as 10 trillion cubic feet by 2030.

Electricity is one tool in the fight against climate change, but it can’t be the only pathway to reducing emissions. The innovations in traditional fuels illustrate parallel paths to decarbonization.

Right now, there is a Port Jefferson, New York, home that emits net-zero carbon using 100% biodiesel for heating and generating electricity via solar panels. The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) uses the New-Zero Carbon Home as a pilot to show how to affordably and efficiently lower emissions to zero.

We need our lawmakers to embrace a diverse slate of climate solutions to effectively, affordably and safely reduce emissions. And you can help — reach out to your legislator and tell them you want a balanced energy plan, not forced electrification.