MORRISVILLE, Vt. — Bourne’s Energy has announced the opening of the first local biofuel blending plant in the central Vermont area. Bourne’s Energy was awarded a $45,000 grant through the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to support the development of an injection blending operation for biodiesel, allowing it to supply B5, B10, B20, and B99.9 blends of fuel on-demand. The use of biofuel reduces pollution from residential and commercial heating as well as vehicles.

“We’ve been working closely with farmers, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders for a number of years to increase the local production and local use of biofuels in Vermont,” said Netaka White, Bioenergy program director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. “Bourne’s Energy continues to be a leader in their field, by helping Vermont homes and businesses become more energy efficient and helping them move towards cleaner and greener heating and transportation fuels. These biofuel blending plants will do more to put renewable, low emission biodiesel into more homes and vehicles than any other investment VSJF has made towards Vermont biofuel infrastructure. This is a great new opportunity for Vermonters to experience the ‘biodiesel difference’, with a high quality biofuel blend, made locally from recycled cooking oils and mixed in this state-of-the art facility.”

“The production of Bourne’s biofuel is an interesting journey,” said Peter Bourne. “[Biofuel] begins at local eateries as used cooking grease, which is picked up and recycled by a partner company, White Mountain Diesel. Bourne’s collects the future fuel and brings it to the biofuel blending plant where it’s converted/blended into bioheat or biodiesel.”

Bourne went on to explain that by using biofuel, people are engaging in ecologically and economically savvy practices like cutting down on carbon emissions and reducing wear and tear on their vehicles and heating equipment as well as sustaining local jobs. “Is there a big price break for using biofuel at this time? Honestly, no, but it doesn’t cost any more either. So I guess it comes down to a matter of doing the right thing,” concluded Bourne — and he is hoping people who heat their home with oil or use diesel fuel will reduce their carbon footprint by making the switch to biofuel.

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Publication date: 11/19/2012