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Ottawa’s Bluesfest Becomes Canada’s First Festival to be powered by renewable BioDiesel

OTTAWA ON April 27, 2005: Topia Energy Inc., Canada's leading BioDiesel company, today announced that it would supply the diesel fuel to power the staging, sound and lighting at the 2005 Ottawa Cisco Systems Bluesfest.

“We are very pleased help fuel the blues at this year’s festival,” said Topia President Govindh Jayaraman. “The Ottawa Bluesfest is leading festivals around the nation in sound environmental practices by using Topia BioDiesel to fuel its generators.”


Topia Energy BioDiesel is a renewable, low green house gas fuel that is now being driven in cars, trucks, and buses across Canada. There are currently over 250 BioDiesel stations in the US and four in Canada – all of the Canadian locations are operated by Topia Energy.  As part of Earth Day celebrations on April 22 of this year, Topia opened Ottawa’s first retail BioDiesel station.

BioDiesel is the only fuel to be classified as entirely non-toxic; it biodegrades faster than sugar, is ten times less toxic than table salt and produces exhaust that some say smells like popcorn or French fries.

BioDiesel can be used in its pure form (B100), or blended with petroleum diesel at any level.  It significantly reduces emissions such as carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons and particulate matter. It is nontoxic, biodegradable and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. BioDiesel offers similar fuel economy, horsepower and torque to petroleum diesel while providing superior lubricity.

The fuel at the Bluesfest will be a will be a blend of B20 – 20% BioDiesel and 80% petroleum diesel blend.  

Topia Energy Inc, founded in 2001 and headquartered in Ottawa, is a pioneer in the BioDiesel industry in Canada. 


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