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Wal-Mart shops around for ways to use alternative fuel

Agriculture.com Staff 06/01/2006 @ 12:59pm

Last week, Wal-Mart executives convened a summit in Washington, D.C., to discuss alternative fuels. Thought leaders in the industry, suppliers, government and non-government organizations and academia all joined the discussion with the world's largest retailer.

Kevin Gardner, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart, told Agriculture Online today that one of the main reasons the retailer is interested in fuels such as ethanol is to power its huge fleet of trucks. "We have one of the largest private truck fleets in the world," he said, "so of course we want to explore using alternative fuels."

Another topic of discussion at the summit was the possibility that Wal-Mart may consider selling E-85, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, at the gas stations it owns and operates. However, Gardner told Agriculture Online, the company is not ready to make any kind of decision or announcement on that front.

Gardner said Wal-Mart owns and operates 383 gas stations at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores throughout the U.S. However, there are more than 1,000 other retail locations that house independently owned and operated gas stations. "We'd have no say in what they choose to sell," Gardner said.

Last week, Wal-Mart executives convened a summit in Washington, D.C., to discuss alternative fuels. Thought leaders in the industry, suppliers, government and non-government organizations and academia all joined the discussion with the world's largest retailer.

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