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City of Peoria Press Release

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Ethanol Grant Helps Peoria Reduce Emissions

Expanded Bio-Fuel Program Will Displace 4,000 Barrels of Foreign Oil


PEORIA, Ariz. (Feb. 21, 2007) – Peoria received an $80,000 grant from the Gila River Indian Community and will use the funds to install an ethanol tank to fuel city vehicles. The grant check was presented during the Peoria City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Expanding bio-fuel capability has been a priority for Peoria Fleet Manager Warren Laing, and the grant funding from the Gila River Indian Community has accelerated that effort.

“The money from the Gila River Indian Community moved our plans up by four or five years – we’re now a leader among municipalities in bio-fuel capability,” he said.

Adding ethanol capability to the city’s fleet will have an annual greenhouse gas impact equal to removing 13 vehicles from the road. In the course of a year, a vehicle burning E-85 uses about 1/3 the petroleum products and produces 20% less greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) than the same vehicle burning standard gasoline, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Peoria’s fleet currently has about 65 vehicles that can burn the ethanol fuel, called E-85 because it is a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% petroleum gasoline. When possible in the future, the city will purchase E-85 capable vehicles when replacing older models – the goal is to have bio-fuel capability (E-85 or bio-diesel) in 75% of its fleet in five years. There is no additional cost to purchase an E-85 vehicle versus a vehicle that cannot take the fuel.

In fall 2005, Peoria introduced bio-diesel to its fleet, a move that displaced about 3,000 barrels of foreign oil annually in favor of a domestically produced bio-fuel. Laing estimates that adding the E-85 capability will displace an additional 1,000 barrels of foreign oil per year – a number that will rise as new, ethanol-capable machines replace older vehicles over time.

With the grant funding in had, Peoria is purchasing an ethanol tank and arranging its installation at the city’s municipal operations center. The goal is to have the infrastructure ready and begin using the E-85 fuel this May.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Warren Laing, Fleet Manager, 623-773-7460

EMISSIONS INFO: Environmental Protection Agency: www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/byfueltype.htm