Consultation Portal Now Open Regarding Changes to The Biofuels Act

Amendment of three regulations under The Biofuels Act that will update Manitoba’s clean fuel standards by increasing the ethanol and renewable fuel content in gasoline.

The consultation period regarding amendments to The Biofuels Act is now open

Course of Action Sought:

It is proposed that the following regulations be amended as noted
1. Ethanol General Regulation is amended to:
– include the latest fuel standards for ethanol blended gasoline;
– remove the quarterly reporting requirements of obligated entities; and
– increase ethanol content from 8.5% to 10%.

2. Biodiesel Mandate for Diesel Fuel Regulation is amended to:
– increase renewable fuel content of diesel from 2% to 5%;
– adjust the compliance formula to reflect the 5% blending requirement; and
– adjust the shortfall calculation to reflect the 5% blending requirement, and to increase the penalty amount from $0.45 to $1.50 per litre.

3. Biodiesel (General) Regulation is amended to:
– repeal the definition of “non-commercial license;
– include the latest fuel standards for biodiesel and renewable diesel sold or offered for sale in Manitoba;
– include the latest fuel standards for biodiesel blends eligible under the Biodiesel Mandate;
– remove the non-commercial biodiesel manufacturing license class;
– clarify the conditions required to hold a commercial biodiesel manufacturing license; and
– remove references to the non-commercial license class.

It is anticipated that regulatory amendments would be completed for fall 2020 with a coming into force date of January 1, 2021.

To access the consultation portal, click here.