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Gevo to supply renewable gas to Seattle

November 7, 2019
By Gevo

Gevo Inc., a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced it has made the winning bid in a competitive process conducted by the city of Seattle to provide renewable gasoline to its fleet vehicles. Gevo has been awarded a four-year contract, with three two-year extensions, to supply at minimum 200,000 gallons/year of renewable isobutanol and 600,000 gallons/year renewable isooctane (renewable gasoline) to the City of Seattle to displace fossil-based gasoline. The bidding process was part of Seattle’s Green Fleet Action Plan (GFAP) authored by Philip Saunders, Seattle’s Green Fleet Program manager, to tackle its fleet emissions aggressively.

The city of Seattle has stated that in the Puget Sound region, transportation accounts for over 60 per cent of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Therefore, it’s acutely focused on reducing emissions from the citywide fleet in support of its Climate Action Plan. Seattle has made “greening the fleet” part of its GFAP, a significant effort over the last ten years and has clearly articulated two simple and measurable goals: 1. Reduce GHG emissions by 50 per cent by 2025. 2. Use only fossil-fuel-free (F3) fuel by 2030.

“The city of Seattle is making a measurable difference, and, together, we can reach the goals of its Green Fleet Action Plan. The city is again illustrating what is possible; to break away from fossil-based fuels and to reduce CO2 and particulate emissions, as well as other related pollution,” stated Patrick Gruber, Chief Executive Officer of Gevo. “These volumes are a great initial starting point to make some real change. Gevo will again supply isobutanol then migrate into our renewable gasoline through the use of isooctane, once the Luverne plant is expanded up to 10-12MGPY.”

For this program, Gevo has partnered with certified veteran and minority-owned small businesses, Scooter J Logistics and Small and Sons Oil Distribution Company, to deliver the final blended renewable gasoline products. These businesses will coordinate the blending, logistics, and delivery of the final product to the city of Seattle.


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