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Fleets
Join the already hundreds of fleets that use biodiesel blends to operate in diesel engines, from light to heavy-duty, gaining similar horsepower, torque, and mileage as traditional diesel fuel. By doing so, you are supporting positive environmental, economic and energy security and complying with federal regulations.

In fact, The Energy Conservation Reauthorization Act of 1998 allows federal, state and alternative fuel provider fleets who must comply with the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) and Executive Order 13149 to meet up to 50 percent of their light duty alternative fueled vehicle purchase requirements with biodiesel fuel.

Because it can be blended with traditional petroleum, meeting emissions regulations with biodiesel is a least-cost alternative. A study by Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc., found fleets using a 20 percent biodiesel blend would experience lower total annual costs than other alternative fuels. Similarly, results reported by the University of Georgia indicate biodiesel-powered buses are competitive with other alternatively fueled buses with biodiesel prices as high as $3 per gallon.*

Schools and School Buses
Every day, 24 million children spend up to an hour and a half on 440,000 school busses and those buses drive more than four million miles per year.* The majority of those buses are powered by heavy-duty diesel engines using number two diesel fuel – even though it has been proven to be a health and environmental risk to the children and community. Set a higher standard in your school system by making the seamless switch to biodiesel fuel.

Because it works in any diesel engine with few or no modifications, biodiesel offers schools a relatively inexpensive option for an immediate solution to health and air quality concerns. Using Biodiesel fuel to power school buses and heat classrooms also shows a state's support for its agricultural economy, air quality, and smart use of energy resources.

Funds are available to assist school districts in making the switch to biodiesel fuel through the EPA Clean School Bus USA Program (www.epa.gov/cleanschoobus), and schools who have taken advantage of it and made the switch have already seen positive change. St Johns Public Schools in St. Johns, Michigan reported an average savings of 15 cents per gallon on fuel with its biodiesel blend and have reduced exhaust soot on buses.*

Farms
Biodiesel fuel has enormous benefits for farmers who both live off of and make their living from the land. Currently, farmers have invested $25 million* in biodiesel fuel to both power their equipment and create a demand for the crops they grow. In fact, biodiesel fuel creates farming jobs, especially for growing soybeans, the single largest source of biediesel fuel.

A study conducted by AUS Consultants shows that realizing a national goal of 4 percent renewable fuel use by 2016 would increase soybean production from 51 million bushels in 2002 to 318 million bushels by 2016. Soybean prices would increase an average of 68 cents per bushel, or 11.8 percent of the baseline. A study completed in 2001 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Energy Policy and New Uses in conjunction with the Economic Research Service (ERS) found that an average annual increase of the equivalent of 200 million gallons of soy-based biodiesel demand would boost total crop cash receipts by $5.2 billion cumulatively by 2010, resulting in an average net farm income increase of $300 million per year.*

In addition to recognizing the economic and social benefits of the commercialization of biodiesel in the U.S., Farmers recognize that biodiesel is a high-quality product to use in their farm equipment. Even low blends of biodiesel like B2 and B5 offer exceptional lubricity, longer equipment life, lower maintenance costs and less equipment down time. Plus it is a cleaner-burning fuel that is friendlier to the farmer and the land he farms. Additionally, using biodiesel fuel does not void the warranty of any major engine manufacturer.

Evans Biofuel distributes biodiesel fuel to business owners throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Call (800) 258-7552 to find out about safe, convenient and cost-effective distribution for your business.

(*source of all statistics: www.biodiesel.org.