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March 20, 2002

New Biodiesel Plant to Produce 30 Million Gallons Annually

Southern States Power Company Inc. announced plans last week to build a biodiesel production factory in Riverside, California, capable of producing 30 million gallons per year of biodiesel fuel. If built as planned, the biodiesel plant will be the largest in the United States. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with Lurgi PSI, Inc. to develop the facility. The company currently has a 10-million- gallon-per-year facility in Coachella, California, about 50 miles east of Riverside. See the March 14th Southern States Power press release.

Biodiesel is also getting a boost in New York, where the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is spending nearly $700,000 this year to advance the use of biodiesel in the state. NYSERDA announced Monday that $320,000 will go to NOCO Energy Corporation in Tonawanda, New York, for the company to blend, market, and sell biodiesel in the Buffalo-Niagara area. A separate award of $62,000 will help the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to fuel 140 of its 330 buses with NOCO's biodiesel for at least a year. NOCO will use biodiesel to fuel its own fleet of trucks and will provide the fuel to the Town of Tonawanda for its municipal truck fleet. NOCO will also evaluate the use of bio-heating fuels in boilers and furnaces. See the NYSERDA press release.

Biodiesel is making inroads throughout the country. The first public biodiesel pump in Missouri opened in early March in Jefferson City, and became the starting point for the journey of a biodiesel-fueled truck to Washington, D.C. And in late February, a marina in Fort Meyers, Florida, became the first in the state to offer a biodiesel blend.

Do you need to locate a station that offers biodiesel or other alternative fuels? Try the newly redesigned "Alternative Fuel Station Map Site." The site has a simplified interface to help you find stations, and it now includes a "route mapper" that will help you find stations along a planned route. Sorry, but marinas aren't listed. See the Alternative Fuels Data Center Web site.

Want to know more about biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel? Visit the revamped DOE Biofuels Web site.