First U.S. Power Plant to Run Exclusively on Biodiesel Opens in Texas

March 06, 2007

On March 5, Biofuels Power Corporation announced it has begun generating and selling electricity from its biodiesel power plant in Oak Ridge North, Texas. The facility is the first power plant in the United States to run exclusively on biodiesel.

The plant uses three diesel-powered Caterpillar generators to produce up to 5 megawatts (MW) of electricity, which is sold into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) power grid in the Houston area. The generators run on biodiesel produced by Safe Renewables Corporation, which makes the fuel from soy, cottonseed, and canola oil combined with animal fats. The biodiesel refinery is located within 2 miles of the power plant.

Funding for the plant was provided by Texoga BioFuels Ltd., a partnership financed by M1 Energy of Chicago. The principle investors are commodity traders with the Chicago Board of Trade.

Biofuels Power Corporation plans to build more biodiesel-powered electric generating plants and is currently constructing one at the Safe Renewables Corporation refinery. This second plant will have a capacity of 10 MW and is expected to deliver electricity to the Entergy Corporation power grid that serves east Texas and Louisiana.

Sources: March 5 articles in The Houston Business Journal and Manufacturing.net.

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