UNITED METRO ENERGY Corp. President Speaks Before the New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee
Testimony of Danial Gianfalla, President of UNITED METRO ENERGY Corp. - June 6, 2013
"Good morning, Chairman Gennaro and members of the Environmental Protection Committee. I am Daniel Gianfalla, President of UNITED METRO ENERGY Corporation. UNITED METRO ENERGY Corp. supplies and delivers gasoline, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, biodiesel, bioheat, heating oil, and natural gas throughout the New York Metropolitan Area from terminals in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Riverhead and Calverton, Long Island.
We strongly support the Local Law to amend the admisitrative code of the City of New York, in relation to reducing the emissions of pollutants from vehicles used by or on behalf of the City of New York. This bill, which calls for biodiesel to be used in the City diesel behicle fleet, would go a long way towards improving air quality across the region by reducing particulate matter that causes asthma and carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
This legislation is a logical next step for New York City's vehicle fleet because the City has already successfully been using a variety of biodiesel blends in the Parks Department and Department of Sanitation vehicles. UNITED METRO ENERGY has a great deal of experience with its own fleet in this regard. Currently, all of UNITED METRO's trucks are fueled with BioMax™, our enhanced, custome blended biodiesel, and have been since 2006. Our 55-truck fleet used B20 BioMax™ for eight months of the year and B5/B10 during the four months in the winter. By solely using these two grades of biodiesel, UNITED METRO is able to reduce its carbon output by 750,000 pounds annually.
In severe winter weather, a B5/B10 blend allows our vehicles to operate seamlessly. In the State of Minnesota for example, diesel fuel sold October through March is B5, while the rest of the year the State has a B10 mandate in place. We beleive that flexibility allowing for a variation in seasonal grades would ensure that a transition to biodiesel blended fuel in City fleet operations will be seamless.
This legislation not only addresses critical environmental concerns but also helps promote job-producing and economy-stimulating green industries such as the home-grown biodiesel industry.
UNITED METRO ENERGY Corp. is in the late stages of building one of the largest, advanced biodiesel production and blending facilities in North America, with a capacity up to 110 million gallons per year, right here in Brooklyn. The facility, which would be the only one of its kind in New York City, will be capable of accepting recycled restaurant grease, vegetable-oil-based feedstock, algae, and other advanced feedstocks. It will then be processed into various blends of biodiesel for distribution in the New York City region.
We would also suggest that the City Council look to require biodiesel in New York City's ferry fleet. UNITED METRO will soon be opening the City's first public biodiesel marine fueling facility for waterborne vessels such as the growing fleet of water taxis and other ferries. The new dock, to be opened in the coming weeks, is adjacent to our Greenpoint facility and will provide custom blended biodiesel and ultra-low sulfur diesel to commercial marine vessels.
We support and thank this Committee for your efforts in passing legislation that promotes clean, green biofuels, as well as sensible clean air policies.
Thank you for your time today."