Colorado Governor Helps Celebrate Arrival of E85, Biodiesel Pumps
DENVER --- Colorado Gov. Bill Owens was on hand Thursday, Sept. 21, to help celebrate the opening of two new alternative fuel pumps at the Hill Petroleum Sinclair Oil Station, located in Arvada. The station will carry E85, a blended mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline, and biodiesel. "Coloradans are getting more choices at the pump, and many citizens are purchasing vehicles that can use E85," said Gov. Owens. "These cleaner burning fuels stimulate economic development for our rural communities and help promote energy independence." The cost to modify the existing fuel station with both E85 and biodiesel was approximately $100,000. "We are eligible for state and federal tax credits and the E85 Coalition also provided support," said Troy Hill, vice president of Hill Petroleum and a member of the state's E85 Coalition's Steering Committee. "Our family business, open since 1982, is excited to offer alternative fuels at the retail pump for the first time. We are now able to meet the market demand for these fuels." Across the country, over 6 million Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) can use E85, and most diesel engines can use biodiesel without any modifications. In addition, these alternative fuels also bring environmental benefits since they are cleaner burning than other transportation fuels. Increased usage of E85 and biodiesel will help reduce tail pipe emissions.