By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Dec 06, 2007 at 7:11 AM

Last July the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op opened at Future Green, a self-sustaining, organic living retail store at 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View, with a major goal of providing a local source of commercial-grade biodiesel to Milwaukeeans.

The co-op has just announced that it's now stocked -- 275 gallons -- with biodiesel that has a winterizing agent added to it. However, the price has changed, as well as how you obtain it. The member price is now $3.30 a gallon for winterized B100 and non-member price is $3.78 a gallon.

Fueling starts this Saturday, Dec. 8 and people are encouraged to email the co-op with how many five-gallon totes of fuel they want at

"We are starting a container exchange program that is based out of a member's home," says co-op board member Jason Hass. "We will have pre-filled totes -- that means it should be as simple as coming to the house, dropping your empty totes off and taking the full totes with you."

If you do not have a tote, or do not bring a clean, usable tote, the co-op will loan you one for a $7 deposit.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”