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Baltimore To Test Biofuel At Three City Facilities
December 15, 2010, 9:23 pm
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Baltimore To Test Biofuel In City Facilities

From a Baltimore Sun article by Tim Wheeler today (excerpts)…

The Board of Estimates has approved an agreement to spend up to $1.3 million over the next year to test 440,000 gallons of vegetable-based fuel in the boilers of three city facilities – the Back River wastewater treatment plant, Eastern health center and the Pimlico fire and training complex.  The fuel is to be supplied by New Generation Biofuels, which has a production plant in South Baltimore.

The biofuel, made from vegetable and soybean oil, is no more expensive than heating oil, according to Michael P. Cook, energy chief for the city’s general services department.  The biofuel provides just 70 percent of the heat value when burned as does fuel oil, but it’s also priced 30 percent less.

Should this next year of testing prove out, the city would put out to bid a contract to switch more city buildings to biofuels, Atwood said.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.


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