West Virginia school district switches to biodiesel

| 3/14/2006

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, those yellow school buses are going green in one West Virginia school district.

The Ohio County Board of Education said Monday, March 13, that all 38 of its school buses will now use biodiesel fuel exclusively.

WTOV-TV, an area NBC affiliate, reported that the fuel will cost the district about 25 cents more per gallon than regular diesel, which adds up to about $150,000 more for fuel this year alone.

However, Superintendent Lawrence Miller told WTOV-TV that the state will increase its reimbursement rate for the district by 10 percent for using the fuel, which means that over time the district will end up saving money.

Ohio County is the eighth school district in West Virginia to switch to biodiesel.