Office of Energy Policy
Biodiesel Information Kit Sent to School Superintendents and Transportation Directors

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 16, 2005  
Contact Information:  Lola Lyle
lola.lyle@ky.gov
800-282-0868
 


Frankfort, KY, (Aug. 16, 2005) – On August 15, school superintendents and transportation directors across Kentucky were sent a Jump on Board with Biodiesel kit and a letter from Virginia Fox, Secretary of the Education Cabinet, Gene Wilhoit, Commissioner of the Department of Education, W. James Host, Secretary of the Commerce Cabinet, and LaJuana Wilcher, Secretary of the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.  The kit, sponsored by the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition and the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy, was created to explain how fleet managers can begin using biodiesel in their bus fleets in three easy steps.


Governor Fletcher’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy urges the use of a 20 percent blend of biodiesel to help improve the health of Kentucky’s students and the communities in which the buses operate.  A 20 percent biodiesel blend creates significantly fewer emissions than unblended diesel.  When using a 20 percent biodiesel blend, particulate matter emissions are reduced by 12 percent, while carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons are reduced by 12 and 20 percent, respectively.


The letter also pointed out that biodiesel tax incentives are now in place that will make biodiesel blends cost competitive with unblended diesel.  These federal and state tax incentives took affect earlier this year.


For more information about the Comprehensive Energy Strategy or to view the Jump on Board with Biodiesel kit, visit www.energy.ky.gov.

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