The City of Colorado Springs, Colorado has been in the spotlight recently for its commitment to biodiesel. In early 2008, the City was named the top municipal biodiesel fleet in the nation by Government Fleet Magazine.
Since 2003, Colorado Springs has been using a B20 biodiesel blend in its fleet, and currently uses the blend year-round. Today, more than 2,400 city vehicles and equipment run on the fuel. As of early 2008, the city had used 1.5 million gallons of B20. The city estimates that this amount is equivalent to over 491 vehicles not being driven for one year, or a reduction of over five million pounds of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.
According to Nick Kittle, Fleet Finance Manager for the City of Colorado Springs, using high quality fuel that meets or exceeds the ASTM standard is the key to their success. “We make a point of using only high quality biodiesel fuel purchased from a reputable supplier”, he said.
“Colorado can get pretty cold in the winter months and we need to be sure our snow plows, fire engines and other vehicles will operate during a deep freeze. We use a 50% (#2 diesel), 30% (#1 diesel), 20% (biodiesel) additized winter blend that we know we can count on.”
The City hopes to expand its biodiesel use even more this year. In fact, the city expects to use an additional 400,000-500,000 gallons of B20 in 2008