September 05, 2005

The end of the oil shortage

At about $3.00 a gallon, biodiesel becomes cost effective. That's as high as it can go, so don't worry. From Hood River, Oregon:

Biodiesel is a biodegradable diesel fuel made from renewable materials such as vegetable oil, tallow and recycled cooking oil. The fumes from biodiesel engines are shown to be better for the environment than petrodiesel, and the exhaust smells like french fries, according to some.

Currently, the only two places to buy biodiesel in the valley are Clem’s Country Store in Odell, which sells a 20 percent blend (B20) for around $3.10 a gallon, and Valley Ag Service, Inc., in Parkdale, which sells a 99 percent blend (B99) in either 55- or 275-gallon containers for around $3 a gallon.

Here are some faqs.

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Posted by: Kantor at September 5, 2005 09:56 PM Permalink

Interestingly, I think it may have been Clem's Country Store that I stopped at on Saturday after hiking a couple of trails on Mount Hood. And after filling up my car for the first time at the new, post-Katrina prices. I didn't see any signs there promoting bio-diesel, though.

Posted by: Shelby at September 7, 2005 06:05 PM Permalink

Well, it's $3.20 in Linnton (just outside of Portland).

And of course B20 can and will go up with the price of regular diesel, because it's 80% #2 Diesel.

(And my ancient Mercedes can't run on B99 or B100, sadly. Pure biodiesel destroys pure rubber seals, which any older diesel is likely to have in the fuel system.)

I'll wait for algae-based biodiesel farms, myself, and a price well under $2 a gallon.

Posted by: Sigivald at September 7, 2005 06:16 PM Permalink

Well, just remember that current biodiesel products are using byproducts of otherwise waste production. Since they do utilize what would otherwise be waste products, there is an upper limit to how much can be had at that price. If demand outstrips (cheap waste) supply, the price will go up as more expensive waste sources are added to the mix.

Posted by: J'hn1 at September 7, 2005 11:30 PM Permalink

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