Minnesota County Will Run All Equipment on Biodiesel

December 03, 2003

Hennepin County, Minnesota, announced on October 10 that it will run all its diesel equipment on B5 � a mixture of 5% biodiesel and 95% conventional diesel. Hennepin County Fleet Administrator Dana Albers said the move was to help meet the requirement established by the Minnesota legislature that 2% of the diesel sold in the state be from biodiesel by 2005. The county runs 175 diesel vehicles, including snowplows, road pavers, ambulances, and the county's mobile forensic crime laboratory. This will amount to 370,000 gallons of B5 per year. In addition, it runs 75 flexible-fuel vehicles that run on gasoline or combinations of gasoline and ethanol in concentrations as high as 85%. For details, see the county's October 10 press release.