BRB Partners with Progress Energy to Open New Station in Asheville

Asheville, NC (Nov. 18, 2009) – Blue Ridge Biofuels (BRB) is proud to announce that the Eblen Short Stop at 217 Amboy Road in Asheville is now offering biodiesel to the motoring public. The Eblen Short Stop provides a B20 blend of biodiesel containing 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent ultra-low sulfur petroleum diesel. B20 biodiesel is compatible with all diesel trucks and passenger vehicles and requires no modifications to the vehicles.

The biodiesel equipment at the Eblen Short Stop was funded in part by Progress Energy, the US Department of Energy Southeast Ethanol and Biodiesel Infrastructure Corridor Project, the NC Division of Air Quality Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Project, and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina. Additional materials and labor for this project were donated by Biltmore Oil and Blue Ridge Biofuels.

“We are proud to partner with Blue Ridge Biofuels to bring biodiesel to this community. Investing in alternative energy is part of our balanced approach to address the realities of growing energy demand, rising costs and global climate change,” said John Smith, vice president of Progress Energy’s western North Carolina region. “Our bucket trucks, which help us keep the lights on and travel more than 15,000 miles each year, will now be able to use this new biodiesel fuel and reduce their air emissions.”

Biodiesel is a sustainable, renewable alternative to diesel fuel and can be used in any diesel engine without modifications. Biodiesel reduces greenhouse gases and other emissions, and is nontoxic and biodegradable. Biodiesel and biodiesel blends also provide better performance compared to petroleum through higher cetane values and increased fuel lubricity.

All of the biodiesel sold at the Eblen Short Stop is made in Asheville by Blue Ridge Biofuels. BRB uses recycled waste vegetable oil from area restaurants to produce biodiesel that meets the highest fuel quality standards. Every gallon of biodiesel used in Western North Carolina displaces imported petroleum and supports the regional economy.

Blue Ridge Biofuels is a locally-owned business that provides clean-burning biofuels for Western North Carolina meeting all ASTM D6751 fuel quality specifications. BRB supplies biodiesel to the public through a growing list of public fueling stations. In addition, BRB provides bulk on and off road biodiesel and is North Carolina’s only provider of BioHeat, a cleaner alternative to conventional home heating oil. For more information about biodiesel and other station locations in WNC, visit their website at www.blueridgebiofuels.com.

Please join us for a meet-and-greet on Wed., Dec. 2, 2009 at 10am. Representatives from Blue Ridge Biofuels, Progress Energy, and Biltmore Oil will be present to discus the project and our support for local energy in Westner North Carolina.

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