Virginia Needs More Biodiesel

After two executive orders, use could increase
By Luke Geiver | August 16, 2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s recent comments on his state’s attempt to reduce reliance on foreign-based fossil fuel may sound like a broken record, but after signing legislation that he also said could make the state the “Energy Capital of the East Coast,” his words should sound pretty good for Virginia residents, and elsewhere.

Speaking to alternative vehicle advocates and company executives, McDonnell said his state needs to implement an alternative fuel mandate for all of the 10,000-plus state-owned fleet vehicles. Then, he signed two executive orders, one of which essentially forces the Department of General Services in conjunction with the governor’s senior advisor on energy to form a plan of replacement for current fleet vehicles with those that can run on alternative fuels.

“I think every American understands now that our dependence on foreign sources of oil is not good,” he says, adding that the move will help out environmentally and financially through job creation. The governor's executive orders will  push for nearly every form of alternative energy, and while biodiesel may be in short supply in some areas, the same can be said to a greater extent for fuels such as compressed natural gas or docking stations for electric vehicles. And comments from Danny Marshall, R-Danville, show that Virginians might recognize that too. “In Southern Virginia, we can connect this (alterative energy) with the research being done with producers like Piedmont Biofuels and others. It can be a boost to alternative fuel production and usage across the Commonwealth.”

—Luke Geiver

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