The Daily Star. The city of Oneonta, New York (in the central part of the state, population approximately 14,000) has switched most of its diesel fleet—including 14 transit buses and nearly all of the fire department’s trucks and ambulances—to B20 biodiesel.
The city used 169,000 gallons of vehicle fuel in 2005, with 138,000 of that being diesel. The rest was unleaded gasoline.
The B20 purchase was part of a joint competitive bid with the Oneonta City School District and Otsego County. The biodiesel blend, according to the city purchasing agent, is a little more expensive per gallon than conventional petroleum diesel.
A grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in 2004 covered about 75% of the initial installation of biodiesel infrastructure and fuel purchases for Sidney and Oneonta.
The city may consider hybrid-electric or electric vehicles as the “obvious next step.”