Pennsylvania Opens First Biodiesel Plant

January 01, 2006

Pennsylvania's first of 11 planned biodiesel plants began operating January 1 in Middletown, PA. The facility, operated by AGRA biodiesel Inc., employs 20 permanent workers and will produce 2-3 million gallons of biodiesel a year. AGRA will donate the first 10,000 gallons of biodiesel from the plant to Pennsylvania's Stay Warm PA Initiative to reduce heating bills for some of the state's neediest families. Pennsylvania plans to build an additional 10 biodiesel plants that will use virgin soybean oil, primarily purchased from Pennsylvanian farmers, to create biodiesel. The state predicts that the 11 bodiesel facilities will create 3,000 new jobs. See Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell's press release announcing the facility.