More U.S. stations pumping biodiesel

By | October 01, 2004
From Utah to Vermont, more and more biodiesel pumps are springing up, indicating that demand for the renewable fuel is rising.
In Sioux Falls, S.D., the Kum & Go station on West 12th Street started offering B2. Between 1,500 and 2,000 gallons of the renewable fuel were pumped during a three-hour promotion August 11.

In Brattleboro, Vt., Fleming Oil Co. opened the state's first biodiesel pump, which offers B20, in August. Fleming Oil Co. already offers biodiesel blends at its West Chesterfield, N.H., station.

In Midvale, Utah's Sinclair gas station Dal Soglio opened the state's first biodiesel pump in August. The station sells B2. By mid-September, the renewable fuel was selling at a price lower than regular diesel. A grant from the U.S. DOE program Salt Lake Clean Cities supported the project. American Bio-Fuels of Bakersfield, Calif., and GreenStar Intermountain LLC are the suppliers.

In Ann Arbor, Mich., Meijer will build two stations that offer biodiesel in the near future. One station will be built at the Meijer store on Carpenter Road, and the second station will be built on Ann Arbor-Saline Road. Both B20 pumps are slated to open by Dec. 1, according to company spokesman John Zimmerman. The Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services supplied a $24,500 grant for the project, which was also aided by the Michigan Soybean Council.

In Portland, Maine, the Foods on the Go/Union fillings station on Commercial Street opened a biodiesel pump Aug. 1. Frontier Energy is the supplier.

In Bloomington, Ill., an FS Farmtown fuel station on U.S. Highway 150 opened a biodiesel pump Aug. 1, dispensing B1 blends. According to Evergreen FS Energy Manager Russ Higgins, a new Illinois tax incentive prompted the company to offer the fuel. Evergreen FS sells an average of 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year. With 1 percent biodiesel blends, 5,000 gallons of soybean oil would be used.
In Oneonta, N.Y., the Mirabito Fuel group received a $142,000 grant from the Clean Cities Program. The company plans to promote biodiesel use, starting with the construction of a cardlock system in Oneonta, N.Y., near Cooperstown. The cardlock pump will dispense B20, hopefully by March, according to a Mirabito spokesman. Mirabito plans to expand biodiesel sales to local gas stations soon.
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