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CN sets alternative fuels strategy to boost biodiesel, ethanol carloads


Bring on more ethanol and biodiesel traffic. That’s the idea behind Canadian National Railway Co.’s new alternative fuels strategy.

CN officials believe the railroad’s U.S. and Canadian franchise is “well positioned to take advantage of growing markets for ethanol, wood pellets and biodiesel fuel,” according to a prepared statement.

The Class I’s rail network has access to the Midwestern Corn Belt, where most of the United States’ ethanol is produced. CN also can provide corn farmers direct access to ethanol producers in Ontario, officials said.

In addition, CN serves two biodiesel facilities in Iowa and will serve additional facilities proposed in the U.S. Midwest, and has direct access to export terminals on the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts to serve growing wood pellet markets.

“Industries and consumers throughout North America and overseas are increasingly looking to alternative fuels to reduce energy costs, fuel-related emissions and greenhouse gases,” said CN Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing James Foote.

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