Atlanta biodiesel station celebrates 1st anniversary

By Ron Kotrba | July 10, 2013

June marked the one-year anniversary of Atlanta’s first and still-only state-of-the-art retail biodiesel station. This pioneering project, a collaboration between the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Clean Energy Biofuels, is a model for truly sustainable biodiesel production in Georgia and throughout the country.

“Our biodiesel is the only fuel in the country produced using 100 percent renewable solar electricity,” said McKay Johnson, president and co-founder of Down to Earth Energy and CEB. “Our fuel is also entirely sourced from local restaurants’ waste oil, unlike most fuel that is grown in the Midwest or imported from overseas, so our product actually benefits our regional economy.”

Over the past year, this station has provided fuel to a wide variety of drivers who range from local residents to cross-country travelers, such as Woody Harrelson and New Belgium Brewing Company’s Tour de Fat. In just one year, the fuel sold by this retail station has reduced oil dependence and prevented more than 400,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the air, reducing the impacts of hundreds of cars and trucks on the road today.

“Clean Energy Biofuels’ biodiesel meets the ASTM standard, ensuring quality and consistency that rivals conventional diesel,” said Anne Blair, program director SACE’s clean fuels and bioenergy programs. “However, our biodiesel produces far less toxic emissions than conventional diesel, which means better air quality in our urban area.”

The biodiesel fueling station is also part of the U.S. DOE’s I-75 Green Corridor Project that is creating the longest alternative fuels corridor in the U.S.—all 1,786 miles of I-75. Once completed later this year, it will be the longest biofuels corridor in the country, traversing six states and cutting through the core of the U.S. from Florida to Michigan.

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