Biodiesel is a winner for North Dakota on many levels. As the nation’s only commercially available advanced biofuel, biodiesel benefits farmers, fuel users and the environment.
Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from domestic, renewable sources like soybean oil. Diesel engines can run blends up to 20 percent biodiesel with no modifications. Biodiesel improves diesel’s lubricity, which saves wear and tear on engines in valuable farm machinery, trucks, marine equipment and passenger vehicles.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes biodiesel as the only advanced biofuel because of its ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to EPA, biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 57 percent and up to 86 percent when compared to petroleum diesel. Biodiesel sharply reduces major tailpipe pollutants from petroleum diesel, particularly from older diesel vehicles. EPA has consistently cited diesel exhaust from trucks, buses and other vehicles as one of the nation’s most dangerous pollutants.
For farmers, research has shown that biodiesel adds more than 60 cents of value to every bushel of soybeans grown in the U.S. It doesn’t matter if there is biodiesel production nearby. Increased biodiesel usage across the country is generating additional demand for soybeans. Domestic soybean markets help add to North Dakota soybean farmer profitability.
Want to know more? Be sure to visit www.biodiesel.org and www.megcorpmn.com to learn more about the fuel and www.nbb.org to discover how farmers are working to build the biodiesel industry. For questions and assistance, including troubleshooting fuel quality and filter plugging issues about diesel and biodiesel, call the Diesel Helpline at 800-929-3437 or email email@example.com