Wednesday, June 20, 2007

San Francisco Continues to Make Great Progress Towards its Goal of B20 in the Entire City Fleet

San Francisco Continues to Make Great Progress Towards its Goal of B20 in the Entire City Fleet. Here is the latest update.

Hi folks,
As of today, 42% of the city's diesel vehicles are running on B20. This is up from 39% in mid-April.
This new total includes one of Muni's diesel-hybrid buses, 29 vehicles from the SFFD (a combination of fire trucks and ambulances) as well as the diesel vehicles at SFO and Central Shops. In addition, roughly 10-15 additional SFFD vehicles occasionally fuel with B20 - these vehicles have not been included in the current total.
Vandana Bali
Clean Vehicles & Alternative Fuels Manager Clean Air Transportation Program
Department of the Environment
City & County of San Francisco
11 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Biodiesel Letter To San Francisco Gas Stations

I thought I would share this letter from the San Francisco Biodiesel Taskforce to gas stations in San Francisco encouraging them to consider selling biodiesel at the pump.

Go San Francisco, Go!

June 6, 2007

Gas Station Owner
San Francisco, California

RE: Biodiesel: Environmentally Friendly, Renewable Diesel Fuel – Available Today

Dear Sir or Madam,

We would like to bring to your attention the exciting opportunity provided by America’s fastest growing alternative fuel, biodiesel. The City of San Francisco has adopted a policy to promote the use of biodiesel throughout the City and is considering adopting financial incentives to encourage existing gas stations to provide biodiesel at the pump. The City would greatly appreciate your consideration of offering biodiesel for sale at your San Francisco filling station.

Biodiesel is a safe, nontoxic and biodegradable substitute for petroleum diesel that is made from renewable vegetable oils, recycled cooking greases or animal fats. Biodiesel is designated under federal law as an ‘alternative fuel' and is registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a fuel and fuel additive. It can be blended with traditional petroleum diesel in any ratio, can be used in any diesel engine without need for mechanical alterations and is compatible with the existing petroleum diesel distribution and dispensing infrastructure.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized biodiesel as the fastest growing alternative fuel. The biodiesel market is expected to grow from a couple hundred million gallons per year today to over one billion gallons per year by 2010. The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), US EPA and Department of Transportation (DOT) have all embraced biodiesel as a means of reducing diesel engine emissions, lowering our dependence on imported petroleum fuel, and boosting the agricultural sector for our country.

Biodiesel is currently cost competitive with petroleum diesel. The City’s Biodiesel Access Taskforce is ready to help, free-of-charge, all interested station owners explore the potential of dispensing biodiesel at their stations. For more information, please contact Monica Fish, the Taskforce’s secretary at (415) 355-3709 or

You can find more information on biodiesel at and you can find more information on the SF Biodiesel Taskforce at

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.


Eric M. Bowen
Chair, San Francisco Biodiesel Access Taskforce