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May 26, 2004

Ten New Retail Biodiesel Pumps Open in Colorado

Photo of Denver Mayor Hickenlooper with a biodiesel pump.

Mayor Hickenlooper tries out the role of pump jockey at the new biodiesel pump in Denver.
Credit: Blue Sun Biodiesel

Ten retail service stations throughout Colorado began offering biodiesel fuel at their pumps on May 19th. Blue Sun Biodiesel will supply the fuel for the 10 service stations, located in Carbondale, Colorado Springs, Crested Butte, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Greeley, La Salle, Pueblo, and Sterling. The new biodiesel pumps are in addition to two pumps that opened last year in Boulder and in Commerce City, a Denver suburb, as well as a pump that opened in Fort Morgan in February. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper attended the fuel pump opening in Denver to discuss the city's pilot program. The mayor announced in late April that about 60 city vehicles will be fueled with B20 (a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent diesel fuel) for the next eight months, and the city will gather information on vehicle fuel mileage, maintenance, repairs, performance and emissions. See the press releases from the National Biodiesel Board (PDF 29 KB) and Mayor Hickenlooper, as well as the lists of new and existing biodiesel pumps on the Blue Sun Biodiesel Web site. Download Acrobat Reader.

Although most biodiesel fuel in the United States is produced from soybean oil, Blue Sun Biodiesel is working to reduce the cost of the fuel by developing and producing low-cost oilseed crops for dry-land agriculture on the high plains of Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas. In February, the company's primary agriculture supplier—Blue Sun Producers, Inc.—was awarded a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Under the grant, members of the Blue Sun Producers cooperative will grow mustard-based oilseed crops for use in producing biodiesel fuel. See the Blue Sun Web site and press release.