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New England Regional Biodiesel Workgroup Formed
- By Jordan Posner
Biodiesel producers and Clean Cities Coalition coordinators from five New England states met in East Sandwich, Massachusetts this month to discuss biodiesel use in New England. The New England Regional Biodiesel Workgroup is part of a US Department of Energy grant to promote the adoption of alternative transportation fuels.
The workgroup's purpose is to identify barriers to biodiesel use in transportation and to develop strategies to address those barriers. Participants are Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition, Cape Cod Biofuels, Maine Clean Communities, Maine Standard Biofuels, Granite State Clean Cities Coalition, White Mountain Biodiesel LLC, Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition, Newport Biodiesel, and Vermont Clean Cities Coalition.
This first of four meetings was hosted by Cape Cod Biofuels of Sandwich, MA. Andrew Davison of Cape Cod Biofuels conducted a tour of the plant for the attendees prior to the meeting.The next meeting will take place in September in Portland, Maine. Peter Bourne of Bourne's Energy will be joining the group. Bourne's opened a biodiesel blending facility in Morrisville, VT last year.
The workgroup will produce a report discussing barriers to the adoption of biodiesel and recommended strategies. The final report will include an outreach plan designed to build awareness of the benefits of the fuel to fleet managers and others in the transportation and transit sectors. This report will be available for download at each of the participant's websites.
For more information on the group's efforts pertaining to Vermont, please contact Tom McGrath, Vermont Clean Cities Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.