Nov. 11, 2008 at 1:00pm

Current price of Biodiesel?

Has anyone gotten biodiesel in Tacoma/Fife in the last two weeks? Do you know what the current APP price is for biodiesel? I don't want to drive the 5 miles to Port of Tacoma to discover that the price is too high for my pocketbook.

The last time I filled up, it cost $5.49 per gallon and it hurt. I'm seeing standard diesel for $3 and am tempted to switch until the price of biodiesel comes down. Any thoughts? Any information?

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by thriceallamerican on 11/11/2008 @ 1:26pm
Hey Heather...

So, APP used to have the price on their web page...which they've gone and changed so no dice on the easy price reference. When I filled up just over a week ago, though, I think it was at $5.49 still.

I've been unable to get a response from Propel on what ever happened with their "coming soon" station by the Fred Meyer on 19th, and much time has passed so it sounds like that got scrapped. Which is a bummer because their prices elsewhere were significantly cheaper than APP. A bit of competition would be nice.

And to add to the frustration, in the 5+ years I've been using biodiesel, I've yet to see a drastic price drop other than when the blender tax credit went through, and then those savings didn't last long. Seems like when the cost of soy goes up, we have to pay the price, but then no one ever bothers to correct it back down when things normalize.

So...end game? I don't know. I'm not expecting prices to come back down anytime soon, unfortunately, but then again I don't know anything. I would say maybe blend B50 to at least split the different in prices if you can't justify the cost–it'll make your car run more smoothly through the winter anyway.

And on my end, I still need to pull out that contact list from the homebrew class and create a Google group or something... I can't see finding a lot of time to do the brewing myself, but maybe, if many hands indeed make small work, it might be a way to cut out big agribusiness and get the transportation costs down a bit...

Look on the bright side, at least you're getting good MPG!

by Heather on 11/11/2008 @ 1:39pm
Wow, you are on it. I was hoping to hear back from you. You can disregard my e-mail. I'm on fumes, so I was trying to get immediate info. Which I did, thanks to you!

We also called APP and they confirmed that it is still $5.49. Your B50 suggestion is a good one.

And yes, I am happy to get 40-45 MPG! But, honestly, we've been driving Rick's Jetta more. It gets a good 30+ MPG and with gasoline priced as low as it is right now, it makes more sense for our budget. Not more sense for national security and the environment though. Funny how my high falutin' intentions go to the wind when following them hits the pocketbook.

by dawntown on 11/11/2008 @ 1:45pm
If only we had engines that ran on left over fettuccini alfredo...mmmmmm

by thriceallamerican on 11/11/2008 @ 1:52pm
At least you're throwing out your good intentions for valid economic reasons. We continue to purchase use incandescent light bulbs for purely aesthetic reasons. :-)

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/11/2008 @ 9:44pm
"what ever happened with their "coming soon" station by the Fred Meyer on 19th, and much time has passed so it sounds like that got scrapped"

Never fear! Our local refinery in the Scenic Port Of Tacoma (US Oil) is the main provider for just about all non-Chevron/Shell/Arco gas in the Puget Sound... They supply Fred Meyer, Safeway, APP and even have the Texaco contract.

My friends there tell me that their Biodiesel tank is almost ready to go on-line. The "Coming Soon" may actually be sooner than you think.

by thriceallamerican on 11/12/2008 @ 7:12am
Coolio. Keep us posted on the latest!

by Heather on 11/12/2008 @ 11:52am
Thanks Thorax! That is great news.

by Heather on 12/1/2008 @ 5:03pm
On Friday, we paid under $5 ($4.49? Can that be possible?) for biodiesel at Port of Tacoma APP.


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