Changes in regulations stalls heating oil purchases

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Changes in home heating oil regulations have delayed the summer subscription process for customers. 22News is working to tell you when you’ll be able to lock in your price.

Normally, now would be a great time to plan ahead for the colder months. Customers can lock in a fixed price for a seasonal oil contract.

The state changed the oil requirements, requiring all home heating oil to be low sulfur, and now suppliers are trying to figure out how to get this new oil to the gas companies.

Bay State Fuel Oil in West Springfield serves about 5,000 customers in the greater Springfield area.

They told 22News they’re hoping to have their subscription process ready by July.

“Just because you lock in the price doesn’t mean it won’t drop. It could mean it could go up and you could save a lot of money but if the oil market drops and you have fixed pricing, it’s a gamble. Not as many people take the risk as used to, we recommend it,” said co-owner Laura Benoit.

This new low sulfur oil will be cut with a bio-fuel. Bay State Fuel says that makes it more expensive to produce but also makes it more energy efficient.

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