Bioenergy, Geothermal, Hydropower

Toronto Hydro Awarded for Biodiesel Program

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited is on the verge of running its entire 400 vehicle diesel fleet on a soybean based biodiesel fuel.

TORONTO, Canada – May 30, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The company launched its biodiesel pilot project in the fall of 2001. Presently, 80 Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited fleet vehicles are fuelled with the vegetable-based biodiesel fuel. This successful biodiesel program was the first of its kind for an Ontario fleet. In recognition of the pilot program, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited has won the National Transportation Week Ontario Committee’s Award of Excellence for its use of biodiesel. Members of Canada’s trucking industry come together during National Transportation Week (NTW) to recognize the contribution thousands of men and women make to keep Canada moving safely, efficiently and reliably. Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited is the recipient of NTW’s prestigious Award of Excellence for its biodiesel project. The Award of Excellence recognizes a candidate who has made an outstanding contribution to the betterment of the transportation industry in the areas of safety, environment, education, technology, policy or corporate development. “By being proactive in the areas of vehicle emissions, we’re doing good work in aid of the environment. Our leadership role sets a good example for other companies with fleet vehicles. We can all make a big difference in air quality,” said Roger Smith, Manager, Fleet Services. Biodiesel is a clean, renewable diesel fuel substitute produced from agricultural resources such as soybeans, rapeseed (canola), or recycled cooking oil from restaurants. It can be burned in any standard, unmodified diesel engine either in pure form (B100) or in a blend at any proportion with petroleum diesel. Pure vegetable-based biodiesel is completely biodegradable and non-toxic to plants, animals and humans. “The use of biodiesel fuel allows us to maintain and build upon the trust relationships we have with our customer, city and surrounding environment,” said Richard Lu, Vice-President, Environmental, Health and Safety.