Users shoulder higher cost in return for
The Idaho Statesman
Gary Moles goes out of his way and pays a little more to put
biodiesel in his pickup and car.
Look out the window, he says, referring the current
weather inversion, which can trap pollution from cars and
other sources in the Treasure Valley.
"There is so much particulate crud in the air,
he says. I´m not going to poison myself."
Moles is not alone among those who are using cleaner-burning
biodiesel in their diesel vehicles. More than 90,000 gallons
of biodiesel has been sold at the lone public pump in the
Treasure Valley since it opened in April 2003.
The Kicks 66 station at the corner of Emerald Street and
Five Mile Road sells about 10,000 gallons of biodiesel a month.
Another 84,000 gallons was used in 2003 as part of a state
Energy Division program that pays the difference in cost between
diesel and biodiesel to participating agencies. The B20 blend
of biodiesel 80 percent regular fuel and 20 percent
soybean product or restaurant grease costs about 15
cents more per gallon than regular diesel. Participants in
the federally funded program include Meridian School District,
Sanitary Services Co. in Meridian, BFI, the Department of
Transportation, Nampa and Boise Head Start.
Statewide, about 200,000 gallons of biodiesel were sold in
2003, the first full year that it was available. There also
are public pumps in Twin Falls, Shoshone and Vale, Ore.
The amount of biodiesel sold pales in comparison to the 358
million gallons of regular diesel sold statewide. But more
people will likely use biodiesel as they become aware of the
benefits and it becomes more widely available, says Dick Larsen,a
spokesman for the state Department of Water Resources, which
includes the Energy Division.
Moles is hopeful for the day when biodiesel abounds.
"I don´t run it all the time, because there´s
only one place to get it, says Moles, who lives in Nampa
and works in Boise. I´m going to be really happy
when the Chevron on the corner by my house has this stuff.