Portland biodiesel prices drop below diesel

By | June 15, 2010
Posted July 12, 2010

Effective immediately, SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel in association with Leathers Fuels, Star Oilco and Powell Distributing are reducing the retail price for B99 biodiesel to $2.99 per gallon through Aug. 15 for a customer appreciation event, and to raise awareness for local, sustainable biodiesel. With petroleum diesel rising to over $3.25 at retail pumps, this marks the first time biodiesel is lower than petroleum diesel since hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

"Our customers have been so committed to cleaner burning local fuel, we felt this is the best way we can give back and show our appreciation," said Gavin Carpenter, regional sales manager with SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel. "The best part is not only can they fuel with a clean conscience knowing the bio is made 50 miles down I-5, they're saving money, and if diesel keeps rising, they could save a lot of money."

SeQuential-Pacific operates Oregon's largest and most sustainable biodiesel facility, generating more than 5 million gallons a year. The primary feedstock for production is recycled cooking oil. Having already served its purpose in the food industry, recycled oil is one of the most sustainable feedstocks for biodiesel. Kettle Foods and Burgerville supply their used cooking oil to SeQuential along with thousands of other restaurants throughout the Northwest.

Biodiesel is non-toxic and biodegradable and helps combat global warming while improving air quality. The city of Portland's diesel fleet currently runs an average blend of 20 percent biodiesel in its vehicles, and all diesel sold in Oregon is a 2 percent blend as part of the state's renewable fuel standard.

The following locations will offer $2.99 Oregon-produced biodiesel through Aug. 15:

Star Oilco: (503) 283-256. Locations: Linnton Shell, 11330 NW St. Helens Rd., Portland, Ore. 97231; Middlefield Rd., 232 NE Middlefield Rd., Portland, Ore. 97211; Cardlock, SW Hunziker Rd., 8185 SW Hunziker Rd., Tigard, Ore., 97223.

Powell Distributing: (503) 289-5558. Locations: JL Mini-Mart, 6021 NE Portland Hwy, Portland, Ore. 97218; Jay's Garage, 734 SE 7th Ave, Portland, Ore. 97214; Vancouver Shell, 4409 NE 78th St, Vancouver, Ore. 98685.

Leathers Enterprises: (503) 661-1244. Locations: Leathers Shell, 18145 SE Division, Gresham, Ore., 97236; Leathers Shell Aurora, 12334 Ehlen Road NE, Aurora, Ore. 97002.


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