PECO trucks have gone green. In an effort to reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions, PECO has equipped all of its 580 utility trucks to run on a locally produced biodiesel fuel blend, according to a press release. The trucks are now using a blend of petroleum diesel and refined vegetable oil. PECO has contracted with the Energy Cooperative, a local non-profit, to supply the biodiesel.
The fuel blend is 20 percent soy-based and 80 percent diesel which has the end result of reducing PECO’s carbon emissions by 16 percent for every gallon of biodiesel used over regular diesel, according to the energy company. On average, PECO trucks use 15,000 gallons of fuel a week. PECO now boasts 630 alternatively fueled vehicles in its fleet. It also has a hybrid bucket truck, 43 hybrid SUVs and seven natural gas powered vehicles.
The use of biodiesel also reduces the release of other nasties into the environment, such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and particulates. PECO’s parent company, Exelon, has made a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by eight percent from its 2001 levels by year’s end.