HILO, HI, Jan 25, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced new investments in 33 states to support the production and usage of advanced biofuels. Vilsack highlighted these projects as ways the Obama Administration is working to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil by creating alternative energy sources and promoting economic development and job creation.
"The Obama Administration is working aggressively to bring greater energy independence to all of America by promoting the production of renewable energy in rural communities," said Vilsack. "This funding will help the nation's advanced biofuel industry produce more fuel from sustainable rural resources, and in doing so create jobs, a new revenue stream for agriculture producers and stimulate rural economies across the nation."
Authorized under Section 9005 of the Farm Bill, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels authorizes payments to eligible producers to expand production of advanced biofuels. Payments are based on the amount of advanced biofuels a recipient produces from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. Eligible examples include biofuels derived from cellulose, crop residue, animal, food and yard waste material, biogas (landfill and sewage waste treatment gas), vegetable oil and animal fat. To find out more about the program click here.
The producer payments are intended to provide a financial incentive to biorefineries – a necessary step towards meeting the nation's renewable energy needs. The following is a list of biofuels producers that have received funding under USDA's Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. Recipients of payments less than $500 are not listed.
Hawaii's Section 9005 recipient, Pacific Biodiesel, Inc., received a $6,104.86 payment. The company is recognized as one of the first commercially viable biodiesel plants in the U.S. Pacific Biodiesel is a 12-year old company that diverts used cooking and grease trap oil from landfills and converts it to biodiesel for sale to wholesale and retail operations throughout the state of Hawaii.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and nearly 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of nearly $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.
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