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Sweetwater Valley Oil Company first to bring 'green' fuel to area.

Sweetwater Valley Oil Co. will hold the grand opening of its two alternative fuel pumps at the Marathon/Valley Mart #12 convenience store at 1006 Congress Parkway in Athens on Friday at 2 p.m. This will not only be the first E85 pump in Athens, but also the only station to offer E85 between Chattanooga and Knoxville along the I-75 corridor.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, E85 will be sold at that location for an introductory price of 85 cents per gallon. B20 biodiesel will be sold for $1.20 per gallon during that time at that location, as well.

A "green" fuel, E85 is a cleaner-burning mixture of 85 percent ethanol and gasoline or other hydrocarbon.
Sweetwater Valley Oil has offered B20 biodiesel for nearly five years now at another of its Athens stations. While B20 can only be used in diesel engines, E85 can be used in any gasoline engine with the FlexFuel designation.

"We're excited to be the first in the area to offer E85," said Shirley Woodcock, Executive Vice President of Sweetwater Valley Oil. "We want to be proactive in offering alternative fuels to this area. This was a big investment, but we felt it was the right thing to do."

While companies get requests from customers for different products all the time, Sweetwater Valley's request for serving E85 came from a significant source.

"Gov. Phil Bredesen requested there be an E85 station along the Interstate corridor," said Woodcock. "We're happy to help the state in any way we can."

Through a collaborative four-state federal grant, the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC) obtained $10,000 to help Sweetwater Valley Oil install the two pumps at the Valley Mart location at the corner of Congress Parkway and Highway 305.

"It's all about doing the little things that help our communities collectively make a fuels transition over the coming decade," said Jonathan Overly, Executive Director of the ETCFC. "The Athens area has been using biofuels for several years through several fleets and that work is thanks to SVO's assistance. (Sweetwater Valley Oil's) Shirley and Scott (Shankle) are working to make E85 and B20 available to more Athenians. It doesn't hurt that, on top of bringing fuel diversity to Athens they are reducing dependence on foreign oil."

On Friday, Woodcock will have host Overly and SunsOil president and co-founder Mark Mauss at the Athens Kiwanis Club's regular meeting. Overly and Mauss will discuss alternative fuels with the group assembled, and Woodcock said anyone wishing to learn more about alternative fuels is welcome to attend the noon meeting.
From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Overly and Mauss will be at Valley Mart #12 to do a live radio remote on WJSQ-WLAR FM-101.7. The two will answer questions about biodiesel and E85 again during that time.
In addition to running specials on E85 and B20 from 2 to 4, Woodcock said the Valley Mart will likely run other specials, as well.

"We look forward to working with the ETCFC on educating Athenians about E85 and B20 and trying to help this be just one more step in our being a major player in helping this community make the changes that need to be made," said Woodcock. "If the community can't buy the fuel, then it's that much harder for them to take action. Now, they have more choices in Athens for their fuel."

Reprinted courtesy The Daily Post Athenian, May 20, 2009


Sweetwater Valley Oil Company
1236 Highway 68 W P.O. Box 537
Sweetwater, TN 37874-5154
Phone:  423.337.6671 | 1-800-362-4519