Following successful trials of B20 biodiesel (20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel) in a number of diesel trucks that began in July, the city of Tucson, Arizona has announced that it intends to convert the vast majority of its diesel fleet to B20.
The B20 use will reduce the City’s consumption of petroleum diesel by about 200,000 gallons per year. Tucson has awarded a new fuel contract to Pro Fuels effective 1 October 2006.
The City’s cost of B-20 currently averages about 5 cents per gallon less than regular diesel fuel.
This successful pilot project is an important step forward in expanding the City’s use of alternative fuels. I commend our Fleet Services Division for their hard work on this project.—Ward 6 Council Member Nina Trasoff
(A hat-tip to Jim Lombard!)