Biodiesel pumps open nationwide

By | December 01, 2004
Six companies have placed or will place biodiesel pumps at select facilities across the United States. From California to Virginia, Biodiesel Magazine keeps tabs on what's opening where.

In Salisbury, N.C.., Superior Oil Company opened a B20 pump at Penn Mart station. According to Superior' Oil's Steve Jarrett, the pump opened Nov. 16. Salisbury city fleets are using the fuel as well as the public. Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University, the price of the biodiesel blend is the same as regular diesel. Jarrett said the pending biodiesel tax incentive, included in the American JOBS Act of 2004, could keep prices comparable after the grant expires. World Energy supplies Superior Oil's soy-based fuel.

In Arlington, Va., the first publicly available biodiesel pump is near completion in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The Navy Exchange Quarters K-Citgo will sell B20 near the Pentagon and the Arlington National Cemetery. The K-Citgo manager told Biodiesel Magazine the biodiesel is on-site. The tank is being installed, and a test will be conducted Dec. 9.

In Berkeley, Calif., BioFuel Oasis unveiled its new B100 pump at a grand opening Nov. 13. The facility is the only fueling station that offers biodiesel in the East Bay area, according to co-owner Hope Smith. Smith started the business with friend Jennifer Radtke. The biodiesel is soy-based and comes from distributor Yokayo Biofuels, which gets it from suppliers such as World Energy and West Central Soy. The company had such demand for the renewable fuel, they temporarily ran out for a few days before another rail shipment could arrive from the Midwest.

Near Hillsboro, Texas, Carl's Corner truck stop opened a B20 biodiesel pump in November. According to owner Carl Cornelius, singer and environmentalist Willie Nelson purchased the biodiesel and helped promote the soybean-based pump opening with an appearance. By December, the truck stop ran out of fuel and temporarily shut down until it received another shipment. The company's distributor is Distribution Drive of Dallas.
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