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Ocean State Clean Cities to host ‘Sustainable Biodiesel Workshop’ at URI Sept. 8

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – August 26, 2010 – The University of Rhode Island’s Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition will host a Sustainable Biodiesel Workshop on Sept. 8 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. to share insights and success stories about the use of biodiesel as a clean transportation fuel alternative.

A partnership with the URI Energy Center and the Clean Transportation Education Project, the event will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom on URI’s Kingston campus. It is free and open to the public.

“We’re aiming to spread the word throughout the state that biodiesel is an increasingly viable clean transportation option in Rhode Island,” said Wendy Lucht, coordinator of Ocean State Clean Cities. “This workshop will not only educate potential biodiesel users about fuel blends, fuel quality and engine performance issues, but also about the economic and political barriers standing in the way of its wider acceptance.”

A highlight of the event will be a series of biodiesel success stories about the growth of southern New England companies working in the biodiesel industry. These include Nat Harris of Newport Biodiesel, Jim Malloy of T.H. Malloy and Sons, and Randy Lohr of Guardian Fuel & Energy Systems.

Other speakers include Rich Cregar, a fellow at the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University, discussing “what everyone needs to know” about biodiesel; and Bob Cerio, a consultant to the National Biodiesel Board, examining the renewable fuel standard and federal tax incentives.

To register for the event, visit www.uri.edu/cels/ceoc/ec/ctep.html.

The Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition, based at URI, is a government-industry partnership designed to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector by advancing the use of alternative fuels and vehicles, idle reduction technologies, hybrid electric vehicles, fuel blends, and fuel economy measures.