Provincial Government Response to Biofuel


Veteran Member
Aug 22, 2002
Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia
2003 TDI Wagon For Sale
Tjis is what I wrote to the Media, and Provincial Government:

March 16, 2004 <>,,,,,

Good morning,

I am writing regarding the recent production of Biofuel here in Nova Scotia. I think its a great idea for all Nova Scotians: individuals, companies, government, and so on.

Currently there is a disconnect between the price of Biofuel and the price of regular home heating, and Diesel fuel. There is no advantage of switching from Home heating to Biofuel, or soon to be Diesel to Biofuel.....

I am looking at promoting Biofuel to government, companies, individuals etc. Do you see any job opportunities in the near future about this?

I see this as an opportunity to excel over and above other provinces when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. I realize that some jurisdictions do use Biofuel in Public transit etc... If we as Nova Scotians take it to the next level, this will turn some heads.

The only problem is truckers/individuals will not switch from diesel fuel to Biofuel unless there is a cost savings on their end. Maybe even in the form of a Tax Credit on individual tax returns, business tax returns.... there are many options.

Here is a post on an International Site dedicated to Diesel cars:

Please let me know what you are doing to support this matter.

Andrew Burchell

response MArch 29/04
Dear Mr. Burchell:

The Honourable John F. Hamm, Premier of Nova Scotia, has
requested me to respond to your March 16, 2004 e-mail correspondence
which outlines your interest in the development of markets for biofuel
in Nova Scotia.

This year, Wilson Fuel Company Ltd. has been quite successful
in selling heating oil that contains a percentage of biofuel produced
as a
byproduct of fish oil processing. A similar product has been blended
with diesel fuel and tested in Metro Transit's bus fleet. In both
cases, the purchasers have been willing, if not eager, to move to a
more environmentally friendly fuel that sells for the same price as
conventional alternative.

I have also met with parties interested in expanding the
production of biofuels available in the Province by collecting used
fats, oils and organic material. Reduced fuel taxes were part of that
discussion, but the financial situation of the Province makes it
difficult to consider tax breaks that would reduce revenue presumably
on an ongoing basis.

The Province has already made substantial progress towards
implementing the recommendations contained in the Nova Scotia Energy
Strategy, but more remains to be done. Additional federal funding to
support the Canadian government's commitment to meeting Kyoto climate
change targets is expected. To optimize the results obtained from the
Province's limited financial resources, all courses of action
available to reduce fossil based energy use and greenhouse gas
emissions will be examined when designing future programs, including
suggestions you have made.

Thank you for your interest in helping Nova Scotians achieve a
more sustainable energy future.


Cecil P. Clarke
Department of Energy

cc: Premier John F. Hamm


Veteran Member
Jul 8, 2003
Hammonds Plains, NS, Canada
2006 Jetta TDI SE
Somewhat tipical of the Gov't to say that they are working on the issue without giving company names, persons responsible, etc...

I am encouraged however, to see that they are looking into this new resource and looking to expand the delivery of the various products.

I look forward to seeing the results that the Gov't achieves.