Bourne’s Energy held the grand opening for its new biofuel blending facility (Top Left) on Wednesday, October 24. Seen above from left to right are Vermont Commissioner of the Public Service Department Liz Miller, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Bioenergy Program Director Netaka White, Tom Berry from Senator Patrick Leahy’s office, and Bourne’s owner Peter Bourne. Martin photo
by Andrew Martin
MORRISTOWN – Bourne’s Energy, the Morrisville-based fuel company, took a step forward with regard to green energy on Wednesday, October 24, when it officially opened the first biofuel blending plant in central Vermont. The Grand Opening ceremony was held at 1475 LaPorte Road between Morrisville and Stowe between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the official ribbon cutting occurring at 1 p.m.
The biofuel blending plant represents a concerted effort between a number of different agencies and organizations. The plant is an injection blending operation for biofuel, with a 10,000 gallon tank containing B100, which is pure biodiesel, being housed inside a heated facility and the tanks containing regular diesel being housed outside. The tank containing the B100 is housed inside in order to keep the product warm enough for blending in the winter months.
The B100 used at the Bourne’s facility is produced at White Mountain Biodiesel before being brought to Morrisville.
"The production of Bourne's biofuel is an interesting journey," said Bourne. "[Biofuel] begins at local eateries as used cooking grease, which is picked up and recycled by a partner company, White Mountain Diesel. Bourne's collects the future fuel and brings it to the biofuel blending plant where it's converted/blended into bioheat or biodiesel."
A computer at the new Bourne’s facility completes the blending process and runs the blending system. Depending on the desired blend the regular diesel can be mixed with the B100 to create B5, B10, B20 or B99.9. Bourne’s received a $45,000 grant from the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to support the development of the injection blending operation.
“A great deal of the biodiesel now consumed in Vermont is used for transportation purposes in heavy-duty vehicles such as buses, commercial trucks and off-road agricultural equipment,” explained Liz Miller, the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service in a press release on the facility, “Bourne’s customers also currently use biodiesel blended with heating oil (typically a B5 blend) to meet a portion of the state's thermal needs. Bourne’s facility is a great development – it will offer Vermonters a way to conveniently access these fuels and easily reduce their pollution contribution. This is very promising for the continuing increase we hope to see in biodiesel use,”
The use of biodiesel can greatly reduce the pollution from vehicles, home, and commercial heating. Bourne’s will be offering the fuel not only for vehicles but also to those purchasing heating fuel. According to Bourne’s, people using biofuel are not only cutting down on pollution but also on the wear and tear of their vehicles and heating equipment
"Is there a big price break for using biofuel at this time? Honestly, no, but it doesn't cost any more either. So I guess it comes down to a matter of doing the right thing," stated Bourne.
From the pages of “The Yellow Wallpaper,” this young lady shows the dangers of being isolated from society. The Noyes House Museum, in Morrisville, brought many horror stories to life on Saturday, October 27 in honor of Halloween. Don’t forget young ghosts and goblins will be roaming the streets this Wednesday looking for tricks and treats.