Monday USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced payments for over 150 advanced biofuel producers in the U.S. to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels. The payments include $4,347,148 for six Indiana companies.
The funding is being provided through USDA’s Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels.
“Essentially the biodiesel facilities that we have in the state, as well as an ethanol facility here in the state, are using biomass products that could have been put into a landfill,” explains Cary Aubrey, the Program Manager of Bioenergy Development at the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
“Now they are being re-routed and put through these facilities and producing either a biodiesel product that we can use on the highway, or an ethanol product from these wastes or by-products. So essentially they’re leaving the opportunity of a landfill and actually getting used on Indiana highways and byways.”
Payments are made to eligible producers to support and ensure an expanding production of advanced biofuels. Payments are based on the amount of biofuels a recipient produces from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. Eligible examples include biofuels derived from cellulose; crop residue; animal, food and yard waste material; biogas (landfill and sewage waste treatment gas); vegetable oil, and animal fat.
The USDA payments announced this week total $44.6 million to 156 local producers and business-owners.
Indiana producers are:
Central Indiana Ethanol, LLC: $120,490.25 for Ethanol Production.
E Biofuels, LLC: $1,621,836.31 for Biofuel from Waste Products.
Integrity Biofuels, LLC: $101,414.49 for Biodiesel Trans Esterification.
Louis Dreyfus Agricultural Industries, LLC: $2,394,192.13 for Biofuel from Waste Products.
T and M Limited Partnership: $60,231.63 for Anaerobic Digester.
Union County Biodiesel Company: $48,985.39 for Biofuel from Waste Products.