The Capital. Queen Anne’s County, Md, is using a $100,000 state grant to offset the cost of switching its fleet of 180 vehicles, including 20-county-owned school buses, to using B20 soy biodiesel.
Queen Anne’s County is the largest producer of soybeans in the state, harvesting 11% of the 10.8 million bushel crop in 2002.
The commissioners first tried to introduce legislation in the 2004 General Assembly seeking state funding to offset higher costs of the 230,000 gallons of soy biodiesel versus traditional fuel. When that failed, the commissioners told their staff to pursue available grant money to fund the project.