PNM, a New Mexico utility, has begun using B20 biodiesel in its diesel fleets in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The utility began phasing in the B20 for 240 diesel-powered vehicles—including medium-duty trucks, large trucks, backhoes, compressors and welding units—in July.
Those 240 vehicles represent about 57% of the PNM diesel fleet. Other diesel equipment is located in more remote areas of the state that do not yet have access to the biodiesel fuel.
PNM is committed to promoting renewable energy, and our hope is that other large diesel fleets will consider using this fuel as well. In addition to the environmental benefits, biodiesel may offer a way for our nation to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, and we want to do our part to help increase the market for this fuel.—Eddie Padilla, PNM vice president of operations
The biodiesel is supplied by Blue Sun, a Colorado-based company that markets various biodiesel fuels through distribution network that includes Amigo Petroleum in New Mexico. The fuel is produced from rapeseed and canola grown in several western states and could potentially be grown in New Mexico.
So far this year, PNM has purchased 53,000 gallons of B20 and expects to purchase as much as 100,000 gallons by the end of the year. The company projects using about 240,000 gallons annually beginning in 2006.
PNM provides electric utility service to 413,000 customers and natural gas service to 471,000 customers in New Mexico.