Davis, CA, Oct 31, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced payments for 156 advanced biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels. Locally, 11 California producers received payments exceeding $500,000.
"This funding will help local producers increase the production and availability of renewable energy and thus help our nation begin to reduce its reliance on foreign oil," Vilsack said. "Just as importantly, USDA's support will help to further develop the nation's growing biofuels industry and generate green jobs and economic growth."
The funding is being provided through USDA's Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. Under this program, payments 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. Through this and other programs, USDA is working to support the research, investment and infrastructure necessary to build a biofuels industry that creates jobs and conserves natural resources across America.
Imperial Western Products received a payment of $188,264.29 for the first three quarters of 2011. The Coachella, Calif. based biodiesel company collects used cooking oil from a 250 mile radius including southern California, southern Nevada and Arizona communities and converts it to biodiesel. They currently produce 500,000 gallons of biodiesel a month, but with funding from the payment program they will be able to purchase new equipment that will increase their capacity by approximately 40%, as well as improve the quality of biodiesel.
USDA today is announcing $44.6 million in payments to 156 local producers and business-owners. Below is a list of California's recipients. For a complete listing of all program recipients announced today, please click here.
• American Biodiesel, Inc.: $86,029.52 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
• Castelanelli Bros.: $2,975.20 for Anaerobic Digester.
• Energy Alternative Solutions, Inc.: $24,527.85 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
• Fiscalini Properties, LP: $5,307.15 for Anaerobic Digester.
• Gallo Cattle Company, LP: $8,916.62 for Anaerobic Digester.
• High Mountain Fuels, LLC: $56,868.34 for Landfill Gas.
• Imperial Western Products, Inc.: $188,264.29 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
• New Leaf Biofuel, LLC: $94,117.17 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
• Promethean Biofuels Cooperative Corp.: $7,555.68 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
• Simple Fuels Biodiesel, Inc.: $5,979.92 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
• Yokayo Biofuels, Inc.: $24,028.84 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
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