Sunday, May 3, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Green again at local gas station’s metaphorical stoplight

By
From page A6 | April 28, 2013 |

Fast & Easy Chevron was — for a time — the only Davis service station to offer alternative fuel to the community, but then lost that distinction due to external circumstances. Well, those problems have now been solved.

The 24-hour gas station on 1601 Research Park Dr. began providing biodiesel and ethanol in 2009, with DMC Green in Stockton as a supplier. Manager Mirza Javed said on average 10 customers were filling up with biodiesel every day, and around four were with ethanol.

But in less than two years, DMC Green followed Stockton’s financial trajectory, and went bankrupt. This rendered the alternative fueling pumps of the local Chevron — along with gas stations in Woodland, Fairfield and Sacramento — inoperable.

Not only that, Javed had invested money into DMC Green’s operation, $100,000, to be used for land and equipment acquisition.

And he’s not alone if the company’s Facebook page is any indication. It has one post; “POWERING AMERICA WITH GREEN FUEL,” and one response, years later; “I invested in DMC Green, it was a fraud all along. Does anyone know where these bums are now?”

However, as of the beginning of this month, the local gas station’s pumps are once more dispensing alternative fuel. Javed explains:

“When they filed the bankruptcy, they stated that they would be leaving the items as they were. Later, the court decided the people who invested money are allowed ownership of it.

“Now, we’ve gotten all the testing done, with the Air Quality Management board, the Yolo County Health Department. … So they’re back online.”

It’s a sigh of relief on Javed’s part, who was for more than two years having to turn people away because of the situation.

“The customers were in trouble for awhile too, because we had no supplies,” he said. “I had a lot of people coming in, looking for the Flex-Fuel. … But it’s back, available for everyone.”

The local Chevron has yet to recapture all of the alternative fuel-seeking customer base, Javed added, but that’s something he hopes will improve with time. Just having the option in place for motorists who embrace greener vehicle fuels is of importance to him.

Biofuels, such as what the local Chevron offers, are fuels derived from plant matter: corn, seed and sugar cane, and other organic compounds. The basis of bio fuels being carbon neutral is that plants absorb carbon as they grow, offsetting the emissions.

The exact type of biodiesel sold at the Chevron station is called B5, which contains 5 percent biomass (biodiesel) blended with regular diesel. Low-level biodiesel blends such as B5 can be used — with exceptions — in most conventional diesel engines.

The ethanol fuel offered there is E85, which consists of 85 percent ethanol and the rest unleaded gasoline. Ethanol is a grain alcohol, produced from crops such as corn. Several automakers offer Flex-Fuel vehicles that can run on this fuel.

Corn ethanol directly emits 51 percent less greenhouse gas than gasoline does, according to a 2009 study at the University of Nebraska.

“I believe in doing everything to ensure the environment is a healthy place for everyone,” Javed said. “We have to pass it on to new generations, so we should do all we can to protect it.”

— Reach Brett Johnson at [email protected] or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett

Comments

comments

.

News

Council to hear about drought pricing

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

 
Breaking barriers: For Prieto, it’s all about hard work

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Peaceful Baltimore demonstrators praise top prosecutor

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Nigeria: Nearly 300 freed women, children led to safety

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Graveyard thefts land three Woodlanders behind bars

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

Downtown altercation leads to injuries

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A3

 
Woman arrested for brandishing knife on overpass

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A3

Yolo DA launches monthly newsletter

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Can plants talk? UCD prof will answer that question

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

A Scottish setting for local author’s next book

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Dr. G featured on the radio

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Fee proposed on rail cars that haul oil, other flammables

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Garamendi votes against energy, water development bill

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Free beginner yoga class offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Video discusses surveillance of prostate cancer

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

NAMI support group meets May 10

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Internships move UCD doctoral students beyond academia

By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Make Mom a warm vanilla sugar scrub

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

The secret to Mother’s Day gifting success: Give time, not stuff

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Letter book is series of collected missives thanking Mom

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

If your mom fancies something fancy, consider a tea party

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Out of Africa and back to Davis: James Carey will give special presentation

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Big Day of Giving makes philanthropy easy

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
Tuleyome Tales: How are a snake and a mushroom alike?

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12 | Gallery

Tuleyome hosts Snow Mountain camping trip

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
.

Forum

A wonderful day of service

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Please help Baltimore

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

End of life doesn’t mean life must end

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Advancing education for California’s former foster youths

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

With sincere gratitude

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Eyewitness to the ‘fall’ of Vietnam: It was not a bloodbath

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5 | Gallery

Dangers from prescription pills

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

 
He can’t give it up

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B6

 
.

Sports

Trifecta of Devil teams open playoffs Tuesday

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Defending champ DHS clinches a baseball playoff berth

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
UCD softball splits with Titans

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Sports briefs: DHS boys win to reach lacrosse playoffs

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Making memories at Aggie Stadium

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Pro baseball roundup: Hudson pitches Giants past Angels

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

 
UCD roundup: Aggie women speed past Hornets

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12 | Gallery

.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Arcadia partners on soybean trait to improve yield

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
Marrone opens new greenhouse

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
New firm helps students on path to college

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A8

Yolo County real estate sales

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A8

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, May 3, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B8