North Carolina awards recognize biodiesel advocates

By | May 25, 2007
The city of Conover, N.C., Thomas Petroleum Co, and state Sens. Charlie Albertson and Janet Cowell received the state's inaugural North Carolina Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) awards April 18. The North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Air Quality, and the Department of Administration State Energy Office sponsored the awards to recognize outstanding individual and organizational efforts for reducing transportation emissions.

All of Conover's diesel vehicles run on B20, and it plans to increase to B50, implemented through a Regional Fuel Supply Model. Thomas Petroleum Co. has opened numerous B20 pumps and encouraged several other companies to do the same. Albertson and Cowell have pushed for numerous biofuels bills, including the Energy Independence Act that passed in 2006, which would require all diesel fueling sites to transition to B20 by the end of 2007.
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