Nebraska Inaugurates its First Biodiesel Production Facility

August 29, 2006

Nebraska Governor David Heineman joined more than 100 local officials in the groundbreaking of the state's first biodiesel production facility on August 28 in Beatrice. Heineman told the gathering the new facility will help Nebraska take the lead in transportation, agriculture, and energy. Nebraska is a leading producer of soybeans in the United States.

Beatrice Biodiesel LLC says the plant will be one of the largest in the country when production begins in September 2007. Beatrice is located in the southeast of Nebraska, about 40 miles south of Lincoln. The plant cost $52.5 million and will produce 50 million gallons of biodiesel and 5 million gallons of glycerin a year. It will employ about 20 full-time employees.

Nebraska's biodiesel production will jump next year, according to the Nebraska Energy Office. See the energy office's projection of biodiesel production in Nebraska.