Washington funds biodiesel projects

By Nicholas Zeman | September 04, 2007
Through the Energy Freedom Loan Program, $6.4 million in energy loans were approved by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire in early July. Three biodiesel projects received a majority of that funding to pursue oilseed processing and/or biodiesel production plans.

The Spokane County Conservation District, which received $2.6 million, is working with Palouse Bio LLC to construct an oilseed crushing and biodiesel production facility in Spokane County, Wash.

Similarly, Odessa Public Development Authority in Odessa, Wash., which received $1 million, has partnered with Inland Empire Oilseeds LLC (IEO) to build an oilseed crushing and biodiesel refining facility. IEO, which was formed in 2006 in Odessa, is currently owned by Odessa Union Warehouse Cooperative, Reardan Grain Growers Inc. and Reardan Seed Company Inc.

The Port of Sunnyside, which received $750,000, is working with Natural Selection Farms (NSF) on an oilseed crushing facility to produce feedstock for biodiesel producers. A representative of NSF told Biodiesel Magazine that the crush apparatus is currently operating and the farm is marketing canola oil.

Earlier in the year, the Port of Warden received $7.1 million from the Energy Freedom Loan Program.. The port has partnered with Washington Biodiesel to construct an integrated oilseed crushing and biodiesel production facility.

State law requires that at least 2 percent of the diesel fuel sold in the state be a biodiesel blend by the end of 2008. Additionally, the law requires that at least 20 percent of the diesel used in state vehicles be biodiesel by June 2009. According to the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), five biodiesel plants are on line in Washington with a capacity of approximately 25 MMgy.
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