Bowling Green and Warren County Leaders Encourage Fuel Alternative

By: Lori Mitchell
By: Lori Mitchell

The Warren County School System now joins a long list of others in the state who are using biodiesel, a blend of regular diesel and vegetable or animal fat.

"It's safe for our kids, so we're going to use it."

The school system began testing a 20% blend in the fall. Bus drivers say they can't tell a difference in performance and they're actually saving money when it comes to maintenance. But they do have one complaint, there isn't enough of it.

John Odom, Director of Transportation, says the school has had to drop to 10% biodiesel some months because supply is so low.
Now Bowling Green and Warren County leaders are trying to encourage other potential users and suppliers to create a higher demand for biodiesel.

"If we increase the demand, then hopefully we can attract a production plant here, like others in the state have done."

Local farmers, school officials and area leaders joined together Monday morning at City Hall to encourage the use of the fuel alternative. Many of them described it as a "win-win" for our environment and our local economy.


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