Biodiesel popularity on the rise

PERU, Indiana, August 3, 2003 (ENS): Two more biodiesel facilities have opened up at petroleum loading racks, streamlining the process of distributing biodiesel nationwide, according to the National Biodiesel Board.

With its grand opening on Friday, Peru, Indiana’s Countrymark Co-op became the nation’s first soy biodiesel rack injection unit with custom-blending capabilities.

CHS celebrated extending its location offerings of rack-injected biodiesel with a site in McFarland, Wisconsin.

In April, CHS opened the nation’s first facility to offer pre-blended B2 - two percent biodiesel mixed with petroleum diesel - and B5 at the petroleum loading rack at its terminal in McPherson, Kansas.

In the past, petroleum distributors obtained pure biodiesel (B100) and petroleum diesel fuel from separate supply sources and blended themselves.

Access to pre-blended biodiesel increases operational efficiencies for the distributor while maintaining integrity of the product, and will significantly increase availability to consumers, the National Biodiesel Board points out.

Although the majority of biodiesel customers are large fleets at public utility companies, the farm is becoming a market for the fuel. United Soybean Board research shows 31 percent of farmers use biodiesel, with up to 50 percent using it in some states.

“Farmers believe in biodiesel and want to use their own product,” said Bob Metz, chairman of the National Biodiesel Board and South Dakota soybean grower.

“They’ve invested millions of dollars in biodiesel commercialization through the soybean checkoff. By using biodiesel, we are investing in the life of our farm equipment while helping the biodiesel industry thrive. The result ultimately will be sustained higher soybean prices.”

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