July 03, 2007
PLATTE RIVER POWER AUTHORITY STARTING UP WITH BIODIESEL SOURCE
FORT COLLINS,CO - Platte River Power Authority will switch to Blue Sun biodiesel - from the petroleum diesel it has used since 1983 - when restarting its coal-fired generators in the future.
The power company has determined in two separate startups at its Rawhide Energy Station that the biodiesel fuel provides enough economic benefit to offset the increase in cost. It conducted its pilot burn of Blue Sun in June 2006. Additional costs related to biodiesel use, if any, will be absorbed by PRPA, according to spokeswoman Rae Todd.
"We plan to continue using Blue Sun's premium fuel for future startups," said Jason Frisbie, division manager of power production at Rawhide, in a prepared statement. "Utilizing this cleaner-burning fuel fits like a glove with Platte River's policy of being proactive in evaluating and implementing improvements in its operations that balance environmental and other socio-economic concerns. It is a plus to be able to utilize a product like this in a non-traditional setting."
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