Whether its being used in jets or up in Alaska, biodiesel's challenges as a cold-weather fuel are being tested. For Earth Day today, the Alaska Public Radio Network is featuring a five-minute piece on people using biodiesel and vegoil in The Last Frontier. Readers up in the Anchorage area can listen to KSKA 91.1FM at 11 am (local time) today and anyone can hear the piece on the APRN website or by downloading the MP3 directly.
In many places around the world, roads are financed at least in part by a tax added to the price of fuel. When we head to the pumps, we pay for a little bit of the road we drive out onto as we leave the station. But people who make their own biofuels don't pay these taxes and yet they drive on roads other people pay for. To make sure the load is balanced out a bit, many governments tax biofuels whether they are home-brewed or purchased. To get an idea of how this plays out in Alaska, check out t
One thing most people know about biodiesel is that the fuel is not ideally suited for colder temperatures. This little hiccup does not (as I've mentioned before) slow down Alaska biodiesel fans. In fact, some homebrewers and VegOil advocates from the largest state in the union have just started an Alaska biodiesel blog, Arctic Vegwerks.