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American Biodiesel, Inc., dba Community Fuels – Expanding Access to Renewable Fuels, Port of Stockton Terminal

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American Biodiesel, Inc. dba, Community Fuels will construct a new biodiesel terminal at the Port of Stockton. Currently operating a 10 million gallon per year biodiesel production plant at the Port, Community Fuels will supplement their own production by importing biodiesel and biodiesel feedstocks into California. They will then certify the fuel for quality, re-process as needed and sell the finished biodiesel in California. The new biodiesel terminal installation will support the sale and distribution of up to 73 million gallons of fuel annually.

California's weakest link for using biodiesel, and other bio-oils, is lack of bulk storage and blending facilities. Lack of biodiesel terminals significantly raises the cost to transport, store, blend and ultimately retail biodiesel fuel. This project provides one terminal blending facility and will leverage the existing diesel distribution infrastructure and expertise of petroleum distributors to increase biodiesel blends throughout California. This project is expected to lower the retail price of biodiesel by reducing storage and distributing expenses.

Grant Amount

$1,999,379 from the Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

Match Funding

$5,121,335 from the project participants.

Project Participants

American Biodiesel, Inc. dba Community Fuels will construct and provide the biodiesel for this new biodiesel terminal. They plan to begin construction in first quarter 2012 and begin operations in first quarter 2013.

Project Benefits

Successful completion of this infrastructure investment will result in a strategically located biodiesel terminal capable of efficiently distributing biodiesel in California at B5, B20 or B99 blend levels. The biodiesel supplied will reduce diesel exhaust emissions, especially from older less emission controlled vehicles. Local air quality will be improved due to biodiesel's estimated net criteria pollution reductions. At full capacity, the terminal could dispense up to 73 million gallons per year of biodiesel, representing 67 million equivalent gallons of diesel displacement, and corresponding annual reductions of 410,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and 217 metric tons of air pollution. Biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 88 percent if made from waste grease and 12 percent if it is made from soybeans. According to Community Fuels, the project is anticipated to create 20 permanent jobs and up to 50 temporary construction jobs.

Grant Agreement Number: ARV-10-037

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