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Somerville, MA Converts to Biodiesel

Cambridge Chronicle. The city of Somerville, Ma, has converted more than 80 of its large city-owned vehicles to run on a B20 biodiesel blend instead of petroleum-based diesel. The biodiesel powers city-owned garbage trucks, construction and hauling vehicles, sewer maintenance equipment, forestry equipment and several school buses.

The move to biodiesel is a part of the city’s implementation of its Climate Protection Plan.


Steve Spence

Gee, I wonder what they did to "convert" their fleet to this wonderful mix. Biodiesel is a straight replacement for diesel, and 20% biodiesel is nothing to brag about. No conversion necessary, just fill up at a different pump. Now if they were running b100 (also no conversion), then they'd be doing something for the environment. They are still running 80% dino-diesel. Now if they want to really make a difference, lets see them convert their vehicles for V100, or 100% used fryer oil, like we run.


The production and infastructure is not currently in place for large scale b100 and v100 consumption. I think an 80/20 mix is a very good start. Let's not forget that if suddenly everyone went 100% biodiesel, there would not be enough corn and fryer oil to support the demand. I live in Boulder County, Colorado where alternative fuel sources for automobiles and home energy needs are common but even in a progressive area such as Boulder, it can't happen overnight.

Mikhail Capone

Yes, it is indeed very important to first create the market, raise awareness and build the supply chain for biodiesel fuel.

Once that is done, the % mix can start to go higher.

Hopefully they won't drag their feet too much, though.

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