Riley encourages biofuels

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is urging interested school systems to apply for a new grant that will help them cover the cost of switching their bus fleets to a cleaner-burning renewable fuel.

Through the new "Biofuels for School" program, any public school may apply for a grant of up to $2,500.

The money will be used to prepare fuel storage tanks for B20, a fuel blend that is 80 percent petroleum diesel and 20 percent biodiesel made from renewable energy sources such as soybeans, vegetable oils and animal fat.

"Biodiesel is an all-American renewable fuel," Riley was quoted in a press release. "It's also better for the environment."