The City of Denton, Texas, and Biodiesel Industries, Inc., have dedicated the latest biodiesel plant to join the rapidly growing effort in meeting demand for biodiesel. The plant is unique because it is powered by renewable biogas extracted from an adjacent landfill. This is the first renewable energy-powered plant to produce biodiesel.



"In addition to being one of America's leading oil-producing states, Texas is a leading agricultural state," said Jobe. "Biodiesel offers an opportunity for Texas and other states to replace the oil fields of the Middle East, with America's vegetable oil fields right here at home. By growing our own fuel, we not only help supplement and stabilize our energy supply and national security, but we are growing new jobs and opportunities in rural America."



The 3-million-gallon-capacity plant is a cooperative effort between Biodiesel Industries and the City of Denton. Local restaurants are also included, as their used cooking oil will be collected and used in the operation, along with other local farm-based feedstocks.



The City will fuel its diesel vehicle fleet with B20, a blend of 80 percent diesel and 20 percent biodiesel produced from the facility. The City's fleet-wide use of biodiesel is estimated to reduce criteria emissions from its vehicles by almost 12 tons per year, a welcome reduction in an area plagued by some of the most polluted air in the nation. This alternative fuel will also be sold through regional distribution channels. According to the City of Denton, the project will stimulate local economic development.



The Denton project is the fifth biodiesel production project completed by California-based Biodiesel Industries and uses a proprietary technology that is "feedstock neutral," meaning that it can produce quality biodiesel from many different resources such as soybean oil and used french fry oil. Quality control systems are built into the process control automation for the facilities, ensuring that the biodiesel produced meets stringent U.S. and European standards.



Source: Company Release