Safeway’s got green gas!
No, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day. Safeway at Alameda Towne Centre is now selling biodiesel!
The grocer had made an agreement with the city to sell the environmentally friendlier fuel when it opened its gas station last fall, but they hit a bit of a snag when the state said the diesel tanks it planned to store the stuff in weren’t kosher. But we were over at the shopping centre the other day when we noticed signs indicating the gas was available for sale.
Looks like the State Water Resources Control Board determined in January that it’s okay to store B5, which is 5 percent bio, 95 percent fuel, in underground diesel tanks like Safeway has. That’s what our local Safeway is now offering (they sell B20 at some of their other, out-of-state gas stations).
The state is supposed to be working out interim regulations for storage of the stuff while Underwriters Laboratories works out standards for tanks. The chairman of the California Biodiesel Alliance, an industry group, told the Sacramento Business Times in December that he thinks the process will probably take about two years.
We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you’re running on B5, you no longer have to drive to Berkeley for your gas!