State energy officials in New York are not planning to delay the switch to ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel for use as heating oil, but they are monitoring the fallout from refinery closings that have triggered warnings of price spikes, The Wall Street Journal reported.
According to the news outlet, the switch could lead to a significant rise in the cost of heating a home, for those who rely on a conventional heating system. The change would mean that buildings and homes have to switch to the new fuel source in order to reduce pollution.
Kate Muller, spokeswoman for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, noted that the agency is trying to build up heating oil supplies during the summer-time off-season for heating demand.
"NYSERDA will monitor fuel supplies prior to the heating season to determine [ultra-low sulfur diesel] availability," she told the Journal.
Federal forecasters warned that prices of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel - already at record highs for this time of year - may spike higher if energy companies shut down their plants. If Sunoco goes ahead with plans to shut its 335,000-barrels-a-day Philadelphia refinery in July if no buyer is found, the consumer will suffer.
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