ST. PAUL, Minn., Sep 27, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer today announced that USDA will make over $4.6 million in payments to six energy producers in Minnesota to support and ensure the production and expansion of advanced biofuels.
“Renewable energy production creates jobs, powers homes and businesses and reduces our nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources,” Landkamer said. “These payments support America’s growing advanced biofuels industry and will have a major impact right here in Minnesota.”
For example, Ever Cat Fuels has been selected to receive a $98,507contract payment to help offset the costs of producing almost 881,000 gallons of biodiesel at its plant in Isanti, Minn. Ever Cat uses the Mcgyan process to produce biodiesel, which efficiently and economically converts feedstock plant oils and animal fats to biodiesel. Ever Cat produces three million gallons of biodiesel annually and is the first commercial plant designed to use the Mcgyan technology. The plant began operations two years ago, creating 20 full-time jobs.
Other Minnesota producers to receive payments include:
• Minnesota Soybean Processors: $2,267,925 payment to offset the costs associated with producing almost 23 million gallons of biodiesel.
• Cargill, Inc.: $1,988,625 payment to offset the costs associated with producing over 20 million gallons of biodiesel at its Iowa Falls facility and over 17 million kilowatt hours of electricity from two anaerobic digesters in Idaho.
• FUMPA BioFuels: $198,575 payment to offset the costs associated with producing over 2.7 million gallons of biodiesel.
• West River Dairy: $27,850 payment to offset the costs associated with producing over 11 million kilowatt hours of electricity from an anaerobic digester using dairy manure.
• Riverview Dairy: $29,584 payment to offset the costs associated with producing over 11.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity from an anaerobic digester using dairy manure.
Overall, 160 energy producers in 41 states were selected to receive payments. To see a list of the recipients announced today click here.
The payments are authorized under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels (Section 9005 of the 2008 Farm Bill) and are made to eligible producers to support and ensure an expanding production of advanced biofuels. Payments are based on the amount of 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.
For more information on USDA Rural Development in Minnesota, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn.