Southwest to Begin Use of Biofuels
Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday that it will begin to purchase low-carbon renewable jet fuel from Red Rocks Biofuels.
The fuel is made from forest residues and its use according to the airline will help reduce the risk of wildfires in the western part of the United States.
Southwest expects the first deliveries of the fuel in 2016. It expects to purchase roughly three million gallons per year.
Red Rocks’ first plant will convert roughly 140,000 dry tons of woody bilmass feedstock into a minimum of 12 million gallons of renewable jet, diesel, and naphtha fuels.
The fuel will be sold to Southwest at cost parity with convention jet fuels, according to Red Rocks CEO, Terry Kulesa.
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