USDA's advanced biofuel payments: Who's getting what?

A detail of payments to biodiesel producers after USDA's announcement that it was granting $5.6 million to advanced biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, plus quotes from select biodiesel producers about their payments
By Ron Kotrba | December 03, 2014

Yesterday the USDA announced $5.6 million in grants to advanced biofuel producers and more than $4 million in additional grants to organizations and institutions to help advance the U.S. bioeconomy. The producer payments are provided through the USDA’s Advanced Biofuel Payment Program established in the 2008 Farm Bill. Payments are made to eligible producers based on the amount of advanced biofuel produced from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. Examples of eligible feedstocks include crop residue; animal, food and yard waste; vegetable oil; and animal fat. As in previous rounds of granting under this program, biodiesel producers are receiving the majority share of the funds.

Of the $5.6 million granted to advanced biofuel producers, biodiesel (and renewable diesel) producers are receiving more than $4.6 million. The total number of grant recipients is 147. Of that, 74 are receiving grants for biodiesel and/or renewable diesel production, 33 for pellets, 20 for anaerobic digestion, 19 for ethanol production, and one for landfill gas. Below is a list of the companies receiving payments for production of biodiesel and/or renewable diesel, sorted from highest to lowest payments.

RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP, INC.

594,293

 AG PROCESSING, INC.

388,036

 DIAMOND GREEN DIESEL

352,362

 LOUIS DREYFUS AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRIES, LLC

342,800

 RBF PORT NECHES, LLC

217,849

 PASEO CARGILL ENERGY, LLC

200,829

 OWENSBORO GRAIN COMPANY, LLC

174,102

 MID-AMERICA BIOFUELS, LLC

164,618

 IMPERIUM GRAYS HARBOR, LLC

163,497

 ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND COMPANY

154,561

 LAKE ERIE BIOFUELS, LLC DBA HERO BX

148,891

 CINCINNATI RENEWABLE FUELS, LLC

144,713

 DEERFIELD ENERGY, LLC

143,374

FUTUREFUEL CHEMICAL COMPANY

135,057

 MN SOYBEAN PROCESSORS

119,280

 HIGH PLAINS BIOENERGY, LLC

115,815

 GREEN EARTH FUELS OF HOUSTON, LLC

90,056

 INCOBRASA INDUSTRIES, LTD.

88,572

 WESTERN IOWA ENERGY

72,317

 WESTERN DUBUQUE BIODIESEL, LLC

58,151

BLUE SUN BIODIESEL, LLC

57,255

 PETER CREMER NORTH AMERICA, LP

53,393

IOWA RENEWABLE ENERGY, LLC

50,897

 SCOTT PETROLEUM CORPORATION

47,480

 DELEK RENEWABLES, LLC

36,761

 GEN-X ENERGY GROUP, INC.

35,617

IMPERIAL WESTERN PRODUCTS, INC.

32,954

 ELEVANCE NATCHEZ, INC.

32,622

CRIMSON RENEWABLE ENERGY, LP

31,409

 GLOBAL ALTERNATIVE FUELS, LLC

28,274

SOUTHERN RESOURCES AND COMMODITIES, LLC

22,819

 SEQUENTIAL-PACIFIC BIODIESEL

21,891

 BIOENERGY DEVELOPMENT GROUP, LLC

21,772

 MIDWEST BIODIESEL PRODUCT, LLC

21,014

VIESEL FUEL, LLC

19,855

AMERICAN BIODIESEL, INC.

19,394

 CENTER ALTERNATIVE ENERGY COMPANY II

18,876

U.S. BIOFUELS, INC.

16,901

 WASHAKIE RENEWABLE ENERGY, LLC

16,543

CLINTON COUNTY BIO ENERGY, LLC

16,365

GREENLEAF BIOFUELS, LLC

16,016

 BIODIESEL OF LAS VEGAS, INC.

15,686

NORTH STAR BIOFUELS, LLC

13,286

 ETHOS ALTERNATIVE ENERGY MISSISSIPPI, LLC

13,103

 EVER CAT FUELS, LLC

9,936

NEW LEAF BIOFUEL, LLC

9,719

 INTEGRITY BIOFUELS, LLC

9,067

 NATURAL BIODIESEL PLANT, LLC

8,867

 WHITE MOUNTAIN BIODIESEL, LLC

8,655

BIG ISLAND BIODIESEL, LLC

7,817

 ME BIO ENERGY, LLC

6,730

 RECO BIODIESEL, LLC

6,361

GENUINE BIO-FUEL, INC.

6,233

 RENEWABLE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS, LLC

5,932

VEROS ENERGY, LLC

5,794

 GRIFFIN INDUSTRIES, INC.

5,408

 NEWPORT BIODIESEL, LLC

4,146

 VIRGINIA BIODIESEL REFINERY, LLC

3,764

 AGRIBIOFUELS, LLC

3,637

 JNS BIOFUELS, LLC

3,232

 WALSH BIO FUELS, LLC

2,485

 SOUTHEAST BIODIESEL, LLC

2,464

GGS FT MYERS, LLC

2,452

 SUN POWER BIODIESEL, LLC

2,104

 GENERAL BIODIESEL SEATTLE, LLC

2,087

 EMERGENT GREEN ENERGY, INC.

1,912

 MAINE BIO-FUEL, INC.

1,346

 BLUE RIDGE BIOFUELS, LLC

1,218

 BENTLY BIOFUELS COMPANY

1,209

DOWN TO EARTH ENERGY, LLC

965

TOTAL PETROLEUM, LLC

940

 TRIANGLE BIOFUELS INDUSTRIES, INC.

860

 KIOR COLUMBUS, LLC

805

BIODIESEL ONE, LTD.

727

 

Blue Sun Biodiesel is receiving $57,255 under the program. “Blue Sun is reinvesting all incentive funds received to commercialize advanced production technology at the Blue Sun St. Joe biodiesel refinery,” Blue Sun’s Business Manager Steve Bond told Biodiesel Magazine. “Our biggest achievements in this area are inventions by Blue Sun related to enzymatic transesterification and the Blue Sun MAX Process.”

American Biodiesel, doing business as Community Fuels, is receiving more than $19,000 under the program. “During 2014 our team has been working to complete the installation of an advanced biofuel terminal and an expansion of our production capacity,” Lisa Mortenson, CEO of Community Fuels, told Biodiesel Magazine. “While our primary focus this year has been construction, we are pleased that we have been able to maintain a base level of production to serve key customers. The USDA payment is tied to production and continues to provide critical support to U.S. biodiesel producers. We sincerely appreciate the USDA and their support of biodiesel—America’s first commercially available advanced biofuel. Our industry has struggled with inconsistent regulations from other agencies, but the USDA has not wavered in its support of biodiesel and its benefits for America—cleaner air, good jobs, energy diversity and high-value use of agricultural coproducts.” 

The additional grants totaling more than $4 million to organizations and institutions come from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The National Biodiesel Board and Regents of the University of Idaho received $768,000 and $192,000, respectively, through the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program. The program was established to stimulate biodiesel consumption and the development of a biodiesel infrastructure. The funded education and outreach activities will raise awareness of biodiesel fuel use among governmental and private entities that operate vehicle fleets and the public. Funded projects also focus on educational programs supporting advances in infrastructure, technology transfer, fuel quality, fuel safety and increasing feedstock production.

South Dakota State University received $2.3 million through the Sun Grant Program. This program encourages bioenergy and biomass research collaboration between government agencies, land-grant colleges and universities, and the private sector. SDSU will lead a consortium of five regional grant centers and one subcenter that makes competitive grants to projects that contribute to research, education and outreach for the regional production and sustainability of possible biobased feedstocks. The project period will not exceed five years.

Through the Critical Agricultural Materials program, Iowa State University of Science and Technology received $1 million for the development of new paint, coating, and adhesive products that are derived from acrylated glycerol, a coproduct of the biodiesel industry. The Critical Agricultural Materials program supports the development of products that are manufactured from domestically-produced agricultural materials and are of strategic and industrial importance to benefit the economy, defense, and general well-being of the nation. Many such products replace petroleum-based products and offer opportunities to create new businesses and new markets for agricultural materials.

 

 
 
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