B20 bio-corridor set to open in Midwest; East Coast to follow suit

By Bryan Sims | September 04, 2007
A B20 bio-corridor will soon be made available to drivers traveling on Interstate 65 between Gary, Ind., and Mobile, Ala. The bio-corridor plan is part of a partnership effort between the Indiana Office of Energy and Defense Development (IOEDD) and nonprofit biofuels coalitions based in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Alabama. The IOEDD received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. DOE to fund the project. The plan is to build five B20 pumps along the interstate in Alabama and a biodiesel blending facility in northern Indiana.

According to Kellie Walsh, executive director for the Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance, travelers can expect to see all five B20 pumps installed in Alabama in the fall of 2008.

A group of Clean Cities coalitions from Georgia, eastern Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina are also in the process of establishing a B20 bio-corridor of its own on the East Coast. Funded by a $590,000 DOE grant, 14 B20 pumps will be made available to the public, nine of which will be located in North Carolina. At press time, there were four B20 stations completed with one projected to be completed some time late this year.

Tobin Freid, Raleigh, N.C.-based Triangle Clean Cities Coalition coordinator, is leading the four-state team. "This will make a big difference in increasing availability of these cleaner-burning, renewable fuels," he said.
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