Iowa's first biodiesel blender pump opens

By Erin Voegele | January 01, 2009
Web exclusive posted Dec. 31, 2008, at 10:55 a.m. CST

Iowa's first biodiesel blender pump recently began operating at Ron's Five Point Mart in Dubuque.

Ron Mussehl, the station's owner, said currently standard diesel, B2 and B5 are offered through the pump. Although, it's possible he will offer higher blends, such as B20, in the future.

Mussehl estimates that about 50 percent of his diesel customers have been interested in purchasing the biodiesel blended fuel. "The B5 seems to be [the best selling blend]," he continued.

One benefit of the biodiesel blender pump, said Mussehl, is that it allows him to offer both standard diesel and biodiesel blended fuel. "All indications are the future will be more towards the biodiesel," he said. "This way I'll have the best of both…I wanted to be ahead of the curve, and if the future does pan out so that biodiesel is the fuel of the future, I'm set up to take care of people's needs."

Another biodiesel blender pump is expected to be installed in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2009. In December, Pioneer's Rest Area received grant funding through the Iowa Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Program to install a biodiesel blender pump.
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