Clean Cities: Portland, ME Bio-Fuels
Our success story this week takes us to Portland, Maine, and to the state’s only biodiesel manufacturer. Maine Standard Biofuels has been up and running for 10 years! Today, they collect used cooking oil from over a thousand restaurants across New England, before bringing it back to their facility to be purified and processed. A public station onsite dispenses biodiesel, every gallon of which significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. And it’s clear to see, businesses in the Pine Tree State believe in the biofuel too! Casco Bay Lines uses it to fuel their ferries, and Oakhurst Dairy uses it in their trucks too!
ALEX PINE: “Maine Clean Communities has really helped us link with other fleets in the region, and that’s allowed us a small business to expand our market, which is something I think would be very difficult to do on our own.”
JOHN DAVIS: The company is also looking into other ways to replace petroleum, in products like cleaners and degreasers…proving “going green” goes beyond the pump!