Sierra Railroad recognized by EPA for pioneering use of biodiesel

Company plans to build peaking power plant using 48 locomotives

Oakdale, CA and Boston, July 2, 2002 — World Energy customer Mike Hart and his Sierra Railroad Co. have been named by the EPA as an “environmental hero” for becoming the first railroad in the nation to operate on biodiesel B100, a diesel fuel refined entirely from vegetable oil.

In addition to delivering significant cuts in the harmful elements of diesel fuel emissions, the Sierra Railroad is helping to support American-made renewable resources and reducing dependence on imported petroleum.

“Right now we’re making the ride more pleasant for our passengers – tomorrow we will be producing clean energy cost-effectively,” said Hart, whose plan to build a B100 power plant using 48 locomotives has been approved by the California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority. When up and running, the plant will provide cost-competitive electricity to the state’s grid during peak demand times, enough to light 100,000 homes.

Hart chose biodiesel because it is the only fuel available that does not foul his Selective Catalytic Reduction (SRC) filters, which reduce NOx emissions by 90%. “I can only assume that recognition by the EPA helped push our power plant proposal through the state,” said Hart. “While we initially set out to make our operation more environmentally friendly, it’s turned out to be a valuable boon to our business as well.”

Sierra Railroad purchases biodiesel from World Energy of Chelsea, Mass. (, America’s number one biofuel provider. “We sent out a series of RFPs and World Energy was hands-down the most qualified supplier,” said Hart. “They represent all of the largest producers and have the most knowledgeable staff. They have supported our project from the beginning, and we look forward to working with World Energy to develop our biodiesel power station.”

“We congratulate Hart on his award,” said World Energy President Gene Gebolys. “He clearly has recognized the urgent need to explore all of the energy options America has to offer, and has successfully put his company ahead of the curve. If his predictions are correct, biodiesel will prove to be a simple, quick and effective way to generate power on a wide scale through renewable resources and cleaner methods.”

Hart follows in the footsteps of the St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California, which in June 2001 switched its on-site diesel generators and boilers to biodiesel, also provided by World Energy. The fuel meets SCAQMD emissions standards and has proven to be an effective cost control strategy during periods of unstable energy prices.

World Energy biofuel has passed Tier I and Tier II Health Effects testing required by the Clean Air Act and is a registered alternative fuel with the Environmental Protection Agency. Government tests show that it is nontoxic, biodegradable, and it reduces greenhouse gas emissions when burned.

About World Energy – World Energy is a provider of biofuel and biofuel blends, including B20, B100 and E85 ethanol/gasoline. The company maintains administrative offices in Massachusetts, Florida and California with production facilities in Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Texas, and California.

World Energy is best known as the nation’s only coast-to-coast supplier of biodiesel, America’s fastest growing alternative fuel (source: U.S. Dept. of Energy, May, 2001).

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