Memphis, Mid-South Set to Play Large Role in Alternative Fuels

FEBRUARY 19, 2007 - Posted at 7:17 a.m. CST

MEMPHIS, TN - It's not a part of the corn belt, but the Memphis area is poised to become a major player in the renewable fuels market.

Two large alternative fuel plants are expected to be operational in the next few years.  Both are expected to have production capacities of 100 million gallons of fuel annually.

Those plants are in addition to other smaller plants already in operation.

The alternative fuel plants already have a market with several local governments.

Suburban Germantown will soon use biodiesel at one of its three fueling stations as a test project.  Shelby County plans to seek bids to buy biodiesel to fuel more than 100 vehicles, from bulldozers to fire trucks.

Tennessee Governor Bredesen has proposed spending $73 million in the next fiscal year on alternative fuel projects.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)