Vermont Gets First Biodiesel Plant

John Davis

The Green Mountain State has taken its first step to being a green fuel state as Vermont gets its first biodiesel mixing plant.

This story on the WPTZ-TV (Plattsburgh, NY) web site says it opened at the Robinson Oil Terminal at Essex Junction, Vermont:

The Robinson Oil Terminal makes biodiesel by mixing traditional home heating oil with vegetable oil.

The fuel will be sold to area oil companies.

Biofuel is more expensive than traditional fuel, anywhere from 4 to 15 a gallon.

Netaka White of the Biofuels Associations said consumers will understand that the offset to the environment is worth the extra cost.

“People understand the choice is there and we have to do something to make a difference and this is one way to do it,” White said.

Robinson Oil Terminal owner Fred Oeschger said he understands it may take time for consumers to come around to biofuel, but he believes it’s worth it.

“It’s new, but it’s needed,” Oeschger said. “We’re trying to work with the environment and keep Vermont green and this is a good start.”

The area will start slowly, using just a two percent blend. But promoters of the biofuel hope its a start in the right direction.