Utility Linetrucks to Run on Biodiesel

The next time you pass a Green Mountain Power linetruck on the highway, you may notice a slight smell of French fries. That’s because Green Mountain Power’s fleet of linetrucks will begin using biodiesel fuel, an alternative fuel made from animal fat and vegetable oil, primarily soybean, as a result of a new fuel arrangement with Champlain Oil Company.

Green Mountain Power plans to introduce the clean-burning, organically-produced fuel to its more than 20 diesel engine trucks in Vermont’s Chittenden and Addison County areas this August. Additionally, the next fuel delivery to its Washington County tank will be of biodiesel. The company also plans to provide biodiesel to its trucks in its other service areas when it becomes available. Green Mountain Power will use B20 biodiesel, a 20 percent blend of biomaterial and 80 percent conventional diesel. B20 biodiesel is the industry standard because it offers significant emission reductions at an affordable price and works with existing diesel engines. Using this fuel blend, Green Mountain Power will make an immediate transition into cleaner burning fuel. Champlain Oil Company will also supply biodiesel for the University of Vermont from a pump at its main office on 45 San Remo Drive in South Burlington. The fuel will also be available for the public at a retail pump at the Jiffy Mart location at 1855 Shelburne Road. Biodiesel is rapidly becoming recognized as an important alternative to conventional fuel. According to the Vermont Biofuels Association, an estimated 100 million gallons of biodiesel will be produced in the U.S. by the end of 2005 – an increase of more than 75 million gallons over the past two years.
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