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Nashville’s Rising Use of Biofuels

The Tennessean. Nashville has increased its use of biofuels by 50% over the past year, leading it to be named a Clean City by the DOE.

E85 is the main alternative fuel for the public for use in FFVs. Soybean-based biodiesel is available primarily for fleets. A biodiesel pump at a standard public service station is in the works for spring of next year.

Many government agencies are required to add alternative fuel vehicles to their fleets. Others receive tax breaks for using them.

Nashville’s Metro Transit Authority (MTA) has switched 17 new buses to run on biodiesel, using roughly 12,000 gallons of the fuel a month. MTA plans to convert the entire fleet within two years.

Officials with the state [department of Economic and Community Development] ECD hope to see more jobs and business opportunities develop in Tennessee as the fuel continues to catch on. One ethanol plant operates outside of Knoxville, and another is in the works within about five years for West Tennessee, where most of the state’s grain is grown. Details have not yet been worked out, according to ECD, but the interest is growing.



I'm a student in the state of Washington, in my geology class we are coming up with an energy policy. My part of the project is wind, solar, and biofuels. I was wondering if I could get some information on where these resources are going in the next 100 years. Are we going to be able to use biofuels as an energy resource now and in the future? Are we going to be using our food that we should be eating but instead we are putting it in our gas tanks?

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