On July 10th, supporters of Portland's Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) gathered at Jay's Garage in Southeast Portland, the site of Portland's first B99 pump to celebrate the first year of successful implementation of the RFS.
The Bureau of Development Services was responsible for implementation and enforcement of the RFS, resulting in excellent fuel quality and a smooth transition to biofuel content in all of the motor vehicle fuels sold in Portland.
Commissioner Randy Leonard, Champion of the RFS, was on hand to cut a birthday cake baked by Safeway, a company that powers its delivery trucks with biodiesel blends.
Jay Dykeman, owner of Jay's garage, pumped fuel for customers and spoke to the press in attendance about biofuels and compatibility with engines. In addition, Mark Fitz of Star Oil Co, a fuel marketer originally resistant to biofuels, praised the virtues of the RFS, sharing a vision of the future of biofuels with the crowd.
Barbara Crest of the Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA) capped off the event by introducing the "I Drive Green and Clean" campaign" encouraging drivers to have their vehicles inspected for efficiency and fluid leaks with participating Certified Eco-Logical Auto Shops.
Attendees received coupons for Green and Clean inspections, as well as other items, including Kettle brand potato chips, which were delivered in a colorful VW Bug powered by biodiesel produced from the oil used to prepare Kettle chips in Salem. The event was a fitting tribute to Portland's commitment to local business and the environment.
For more information about Portland's Renewable Fuel Standard and links to additional biofuel resources, visit www.biofuelsportland.com
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