Bringing biodiesel to Summit County |

Bringing biodiesel to Summit County


SUMMIT COUNTY – Blue Sun Biodiesel is trying to bring diesel fuel consumers a greener choice at the pump. The new product, called B20, is an 80/20 percent blend of regular diesel fuel oil and a plant-derived oil with additives the company claims will improve fuel economy, boost engine performance and reduce environmentally noxious emissions. Yet the question of how to sell the product remains. B20 Biodiesel is usually around 20 cents more expensive than regular diesel per gallon. Fort Collins-based Blue Sun has placed biodiesel pumps in several gas stations throughout Colorado, including Denver, Boulder, Durango and Colorado Springs. Adding Summit County to that list has been a challenge. “It’s a difficult sell,” says Long, “We need to show a market for B20.” Harlan Oachs, president of Acorn Foods, one of the county’s gas station retailers considering a biodiesel pump, agrees that biodiesel could be viable in Summit County.”We have a feeling that there is interest in the community, but it may take some time to prove it,” Oachs said. “I believe it’s something that we in the business should work to promote. In a small way, this can help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and all the information says it burns cleaner.” Blue Sun Biodiesel co-founder John R. Long says that added cost pays for itself. “In the end, the product is cost-neutral. You get 5 to15 percent more fuel economy, longer engine life and better cold-weather performance,” Long said. “Besides the performance benefits, it burns cleaner and more efficiently and eliminates carcinogenic emissions. It is safer for work crews and auto mechanics who are exposed to diesel smoke on a daily basis. It also supports local and regional farmers,” who produce the plant oil. “Market demand is directly related to the cost,” Long continued. “We need to keep cost down and develop community awareness. Acceptance is only going to come with education.” Justin Epperly can be contacted at

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