Austin opens 18 pumps to lead nation in biodiesel stations

By | August 01, 2006
A city known for its live music is now also renowned to the nation's biodiesel enthusiasts. Eighteen Shell stations in the Austin, Texas, area have opened pumps that carry B20 blends. This makes Austin the No. 1 city in the nation for B20 retail availability.

Austin Biofuels, a biodiesel distributor and marketer, teamed up with Triple S Petroleum, a local petroleum distributor, to roll out B20 to its Shell-branded "Signature Austin" convenience stores in July.

"We've had a B99 and B100 presence in town since 2003, but adding these B20 pumps will really expand our customer base," said Jeff Plowman, president of Austin Biofuels.

One other pump in Austin carries B20, bringing the total to 19. The National Biodiesel Board estimates that there are more than 800 retail pumps with varying blend levels of biodiesel across the nation.

About 1,700 petroleum distributors, like Triple S, carry biodiesel nationwide. This news is music to the ears of diesel drivers, in Austin and the rest of the country.
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