I was biking past Jay’s Garage in SE Portland on Friday and saw a biodiesel tanker truck filling the tanks for the first time since the remodeled and upgraded tank system was completed. Since Jay’s is still one of the few fueling stations in Portland that sell B99 biodiesel, it was good to see that they’d be selling it again very soon (perhaps now).
In Portland, the shift to biofuels is definitely underway. Although there are still relatively few fueling stations that sell B99, the City of Portland ordinance mandating that all diesel sold in Portland be at least 5% biodiesel and all gasoline at least 10% ethanol became effective this month; and Portland is awash with biofuels. Many Portlanders may be unaware that they are already emitting less carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulate matter and helping to sever our dependence on foreign oil. But they are. I’m proud to live in a city where politicians are making bold moves to change the status quo.