Avon buses to run on biofuel | VailDaily.com

Avon buses to run on biofuel

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Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – Avon buses and town vehicles will soon be running on biodiesel. As of last month, the town’s fuel supplier started providing an improved biodiesel blend to its customers. The product will be 2 percent biodiesel in the summer and 1 percent in the winter.

“This renewable fuel is another step the town is taking to be environmentally conscientious,” said Jenny Strehler, the town’s director of public works and transportation. “It will improve our emission from our bus fleet and other diesel-powered vehicles.”

The Town of Avon manages a fueling facility for the town’s vehicle and equipment fleet from its Swift Gulch site. The Town purchases gasoline and diesel fuel under contract from Collett Enterprises, Inc. in Gypsum, a local wholesale supplier, who is supplied by Sinclair Oil Company.

In response to federal Environmental Protection Agency standards, which are forcing all suppliers to move to more renewable fuels, Sinclair Oil Company decided to replace their No. 2 diesel fuel with a 2 percent biodiesel blend. Most biodiesels include a blend of natural oils from soybean, canola, palm, rapeseed, and tallow.

In addition to using this fuel, the town will be selling it to other local entities including the Eagle River Fire Protection District, Beaver Creek Metro District Buses, Eagle County Ambulance District, Eco Transit, and the ECO Hazmat Team which already get their fuel from Avon. Avon does not sell fuel to the general public.-

Other regional municipalities are already using bio-diesel; both the Summit Stage and the Roaring Fork Transit Authority are currently using biodiesel at various times during the year.

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