BioWillie expands, along with other biodiesel pumps

By | July 01, 2005
Legendary musician Willie Nelson has done more than a little to crack the fuel cap open for biodiesel in over-the-road trucks. The country music star made an appearance at a Greer, S.C., truck stop in June to help celebrate the availability of B20. The Spinx Co. station will carry Nelson's brand of B20, "BioWillie Diesel."
"Biodiesel is the future, along with other alternative fuel energies that will keep us from being so dependent on other countries for what we need," Nelson said at the event. "This is a great day for America."
This is the first truck stop to make B20 available on the Eastern Seaboard, and the second to carry Nelson's B20 brand, following the premier BioWillie station, Carl's Corner, south of Dallas.
In Bellingham, Wash., Yorkston Oil Co. Inc. started selling soy-based B20 in late April at two gas stations: Yorky's Market and Sammy's Exxon. The blender and supplier is Tacoma, Wash.-based SC Fuels, according to company President Barney Yorkston.

In Tacoma, Wash., Associated Petroleum Products opened a biodiesel pump May 1 at the intersection of Port of Tacoma Road and Pacific Highway East. It offers soy-based B100 and low-sulfur diesel so customers can blend if they wish, according to company spokesman Chris Eakin.

In Ben Lomond, Calif., Mountain Feed and Farm opened the nation's first solar-powered B100 pump in early June. The pumps and meters run on 12-volt DC power, which is charged by solar panels behind the facility and stored in a battery bank. The biodiesel is currently soy-based, but the company ultimately plans to sell recycled grease when it finds a supplier. It is the only biodiesel pump in Santa Cruz County.

In Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Biodiesel opened a soy-based B20 pump in March. The company has offered B100 in bulk for three years, according to company President Bobby Camp. Texas EnviroFuels LLC in Poteet, Texas, is the company's biodiesel supplier.
In Apple Valley, Minn., the Farmers Union Cooperative's Marathon station recently added a B20 pump, in addition to B2 and B100 the store has offered since last summer, according to store Manager Pete Mills.

Two gas stations in Tennessee have opened biodiesel pumps. Robinson Enterprises opened four pumps in April at four Jiffy 7-Elevens in Athens, Etowah, Englewood and Calhoun. Each station offers B20 supplied by Chattanooga-based Benton Oil Service Inc. According to company President Bill Robinson, the biodiesel is made from animal fat. Regal Fuels started selling biodiesel in Knoxville on April 1. The company has a B20 pump and also a B100 offloading rack for tankers. West Central Cooperative in Ralston, Iowa, supplies the soy-based fuel, according to Regal Fuels General Manager Tom Henard.

Tennessee-based Tri-Cities Petroleum opened a biodiesel pump in early June at its gas station in Weber City, Va. The station offers a soy-based B20 blend from biodiesel supplier Union County Biodiesel in Union County, Ky.

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