Individuals driving in Alabama will soon have access to alternative fuels as they travel throughout the state, thanks to grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced that E85 and B20 biodiesel will be available to drivers at service stations located along Interstate 65, Corridor X, and Corridor V. The pumps will be located in the cities of Athens, Cullman, Vestavia Hills, and Mobile and will be installed within the next several months.
“These cleaner, more secure American sources of energy are going to be available to most Alabamians for the very first time,” said Gov. Riley. “Alternative fuels are not only better for our natural environment, they also help make us more energy independent. They open up new markets for our farmers. This is a win-win situation, and Alabamians can be proud of the steps our state is taking as America searches for a more secure, less dependent energy future.”
The E85 and biodiesel pumps are funded by a $312,000 DOE grant received by the state last year and a new $112,500 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) partnered with the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition to select the service stations where the alternative fuel pumps will be added.
“With record high oil prices this week, Alabama motorists will soon have the opportunity to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by having American-produced renewable fuels, E85 ethanol and B20 biodiesel, available at retail service stations in Alabama,” said Mark Bentley, Executive Director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition. “With these grants, our Coalition looks forward to working with ADECA, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and other state and federal organizations to bring our ‘Alabama Clean Corridors’ program to other highways in the state.”