Connecticut Agencies Use 1 Million Gallons of Biodiesel

November 26, 2007

Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell announced November 23 that the state has pumped its 1 millionth gallon of biodiesel fuel into a state motor vehicle, as of last September. Of all the state agencies, Connecticut's Departments of Transportation (DOT), Correction, and Environmental Protection were the largest consumers of B20, a blend of 80 percent diesel and 20 percent soy-based fuel.

"This is a remarkable milestone that benefits everyone, as well as our environment because of reduced emissions," Rell said. "Renewable fuel sources are a key to energy independence because, in the case of biodiesel, it is made in the United States, and for that matter, is also made in Connecticut. We are committed to the use of alternative fuels wherever feasible and I am pleased to see that we continue to make good on that commitment."

Rell also announced that Connecticut Transit (CT-Transit), the DOT-owned bus service, has signed a contract for a fuel blend consisting of ultra-low sulfur diesel and biodiesel. (Sulfur hampers exhaust-control devices in diesel vehicles.) CT-Transit expects to use about 3.5 million gallons of the fuel blend over the next year. The fuel will also be blended with heating oil to fire the boilers that heat the bus service buildings.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Connecticut as one of the nation's top green power purchasers. EPA estimates that the state's green power purchases of nearly 84 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) avoids carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to that generated by 9,000 passenger cars each year. The purchase represents nearly 12 percent of the state's total annual electricity usage.

Connecticut is the first New England state to join EPA's Green Power Partnership, which helps organizations and local governments identify appropriate green power products.

For more information, see the governor's November 23 press release and the EPA November 19 press release.

To read more about renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Connecticut, see: