Friday, March 2, 2007

Germantown Goes Green

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Al Gore would feel right at home in Germantown (except for all those "W" stickers on SUVs). ... Starting today, Germantown will begin running its fleet vehicles on biodiesel. Five vehicles, including one fire truck and several flatbed trucks, were filled up with a soybean oil-derived blend of biodiesel this morning at a fire station on Dogwood Road.

The station will become the central pumping station for these test vehicles, which will be monitored regularly. If Germantown officials are pleased with the results, they’ll eventually switch all their vehicles over to biodiesel.

Bo Mills, director of public services for Germantown, said the new fuel was actually one penny cheaper per gallon than the city’s regular diesel fuel. He says he doesn’t expect any performance difference in the biodiesel-powered vehicles.

“We’re expecting our air to have fewer emissions,” said Mills at a press conference at the Dogwood fire station. “We’re also using renewable resources that we can grow right here in Tennessee.”

The city of Germantown is purchasing their biodiesel from Milagro Biofuels, one of the two local biofuels production plants in Shelby County.

-Bianca Phillips

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