The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and NOCO Energy Corp. have announced the first 20,000 gallon shipment of biodiesel fuel entered into New York State.Albany, New York – September 3, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] NOCO will blend the biodiesel with conventional diesel and market it in the Buffalo-Niagara Region as B20. NOCO is the first biodiesel retailer in the state and is trying to become the first certified B20 marketer in the country. In addition, the two partners announced that NOCO will use support from NYSERDA and the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an ethanol fueling network for Western New York. The demand for biofuels is rising rapidly because of their potential to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. NYSERDA is partnering with NOCO on development and demonstration projects for biofuels to displace petroleum-based diesel and fuel oil products. NOCO will also develop a network of three strategically located, public access E85 fueling sites at NOCO retail fueling stations in the Buffalo metropolitan area. These sites will initially be used by the U.S. Postal Service to fuel 100 of its flexible fuel vehicles. Additional participating fleets from the NYS Thruway Authority, major universities, and local federal government departments are expected to benefit from this project. In related news, NYSERDA, Hannaford Markets, and Creative Energy Decisions have partnered to provide energy-efficiency improvements at 26 Hannaford Supermarkets in northern, central, and eastern New York. NYSERDA Funding for this project comes from NYSERDA’s New York Energy $martSM program, which is designed to lower electricity costs by encouraging energy efficiency as the State’s electric utilities move to competition.