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School Bus & Biodiesel Workshops. Mark Bentley Executive Director June, 2008. Welcome. Thank You for Coming Today!. The Workshops are a Joint Effort. Alabama State Department of Education – Pupil Transportation Division (ALSDE) Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (ACFC)

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School Bus & Biodiesel


Mark Bentley

Executive Director

June, 2008



Thank You for Coming Today!

the workshops are a joint effort
The Workshops are a Joint Effort
  • Alabama State Department of Education – Pupil Transportation Division (ALSDE)
  • Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (ACFC)
  • United Soybean Board and Alabama Soybean Association (USB)
  • Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)
purpose of the workshops
Purpose of the Workshops
  • Provide an overview of biodiesel
  • Explain the possible benefits of B20 biodiesel when used in school bus fleets
  • Outline the steps that school

systems must take if interested

in implementing program

  • Explain the ADECA grant

available for the cleaning

of existing diesel tanks

  • Answer your questions
1992 Energy Policy Actestablished–

A DOE Voluntary Program to Increase U.S. Energy Security by Lessening Dependence on Foreign Oil

  • Our Objective: To expand the market for Alternative Fuels and Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Alabama

1. Energy Security – Lessens dependence on Foreign Oil

Remember When?

3 environmental improved air quality emissions compared to conventional gasoline diesel
3. Environmental – Improved Air Quality Emissions Compared to Conventional Gasoline/Diesel

Source: National Biodiesel Board

  • Made from soybean oil, and other agricultural

products also from used cooking oil & animal fats

  • Projected Alabama production capacity is

100+ million gallons from our 4 existing plants!

  • Usually Blended – B20 (20% Biodiesel,

80% Petroleum Diesel)

  • No engine modifications required to use
  • $0.50 to $1.00/gallon rebate currently available to blender

Dominant Biodiesel Feedstock: Soybean Oil

CropOil Yield Gallons/Acre

Corn 18

Cotton 35

Soybean 48

Mustard seed 61

Sunflower 102

Rapeseed 127


Jatropha 202

Oil palm 635

Algae “1,000”


Biodiesel Performance

  • Similar horsepower, torque and fuel consumption as petroleum diesel
  • High lubricity allows for less maintenance and longer life
  • Safest renewable fuel to use, handle & store

Biodiesel & Environment

  • Highest energy balance

of any fuel

    • 3.2 - 1
  • Biodegrades as fast as


  • 10 times less toxic than


birmingham s 600 diesel vehicles use b20 soy biodiesel
Birmingham’s 600 Diesel Vehicles use B20 Soy Biodiesel

On May 9th, 2007 Mayor Kincaid announced move to biodiesel in City’s 600 Vehicle Diesel Fleet including fire and rescue vehicles.


B20 Sold at 30+ Retail Stations in Alabama

Sam Patel next to his B20 Biodiesel Pump at Coosa Mart in Pelham

october 31 st gov riley announced arc grant to acfc
October 31st –Gov. Riley Announced ARC Grant to ACFC
  • Provide infrastructure grants for 30B20Biodiesel stations on Corridors X and V
acfc projects activities

I-65 Clean Corridor DOE Grant

  • 6 E85 & 5 Bio Diesel Public Access refueling stations
  • First Grants announced by Gov. Riley on Oct 31st
  • Stations to begin opening in March 2008
oct 31 2007 gov riley announced first round of grants for i 65 clean corridor
Oct. 31, 2007 Gov. Riley Announced First Round of Grants for I-65 Clean Corridor
  • First Round:
  • Athens – E85 & B20
  • Cullman - E85 & B20
  • Birmingham - E85 & B20
  • Mobile - E85 & B20
  • Montgomery – B20
  • Second Round:
  • Brewton – E85 & B20
  • Prattville – E85 & B20

Stations began opening in March 2008 – Anticipate completion by September 2008

biodiesel on the plains
Biodiesel on the Plains
  • Tiger Transit at Auburn
  • City of Auburn
  • B20 Biodiesel

City of Tuscaloosa

  • June 30, 2007 City of Tuscaloosa moves to B20 Biodiesel
  • Over 270 City Fleet Vehicles
biodiesel workshops to educate and promote use of b20 biodiesel in student transportation
Biodiesel WorkshopsTo Educate and promote use ofB20 biodiesel in Student Transportation

5 Workshops Planned Across State in June

  • Who is Attending?
    • School Districts
    • School superintendents
    • School Boards
    • Public Officials
    • Interested Citizens
    • PTO’s etc

Presented by ACFC in cooperation with the United Soybean Board. Alabama Soybean Association, ADECA, Department of Agriculture & Industries and the Alabama State Department of Education – Pupil Transportation Division

june biodiesel workshops week of 6 23
June Biodiesel Workshops(Week of 6/23)
  • 2 Hour Educational Workshops
  • 5 locations around State
  • FREE
  • Present the Why and How to implement using soy biodiesel in their School Districts
pike county experience
Pike County Experience

Mike Johnson

Pike County Transportation Director

  • All School buses using B20 Biodiesel
the hoover story
The Hoover Story

David Lindon

Fleet Management Director – Hoover

  • 85% of fleet fueled

with Alternative Fuels

  • E85 Ethanol
  • B20 > B100 Biodiesel
  • Real World Experience!
what you can do
What You Can Do?
  • If you haven’t already please respond to brief survey about your system that was sent out in May by Joe Lightsey
  • If you plan to implement biodiesel in your system use the resources of ALSDE , ACFC, ADECA to help you make an easy and beneficial transition to cleaner burning biodiesel
steps for successful implementation
Steps for Successful Implementation
  • You’re taking the first step by attending this Workshop
  • Make recommendation to your Superintendent for consideration to use biodiesel in your fleet
  • If your Superintendent agrees - notify Joe Lightsey at ALSDE.
  • Joe will advise me of your interest and the “team effort” will begin
  • If needed, make application to ADECA for one of the twenty $2,500 tank cleaning grants available
Alabama Biodiesel Distributors

See State Contract

B5, B10, B20

Every County Covered!

Some of Distributors Carrying Alt. Fuels

Hager Oil Merritt Oil Rice Oil R. K. Allen W. H. Thomas Cougar Oil

Minto Energy Hill Petroleum

Don’t see your supplier? Ask them if they will provide biodiesel.

If they have questions refer them to me….we will walk them through the easy state paperwork


For more information please view our websites

To contribute or join our coalition email or call Mark