Several Central Valley entities are building new biofuel facilities in part due to California Energy Commission (CEC) funding approved this month. Among them are well known ag enterprise the Wonderful Company who is planning to build two new plants near Lost Hills, one converting almond shells to 4.8 million gallons per year of renewable diesel. The second will process 40 million tons of waste pistachio hulls to make 2 million gallons of renewable diesel. Owned by Stewart Resnick, the company will receive over $3.2 million for each facility to match around $6.3 million the company will spend on each of the projects. The developments will take a major disposal problem and turn it into clean burning fuel.
Also receiving funds is Calgren Renewable Fuels of Pixley who will get $3.6 million to build a 5 million gallon biodiesel plant adjacent their ethanol production facility in Hwy 99. The waste heat from the $9 million biodiesel plant, built on half an acre, will be used at the plant, making the whole operation more efficient, says a state report. The plant should in operation in early 2018.
The state is pushing to incentivize more production of clean burning biodiesel in California with total production now at 77 million gallons a year. In California all diesel is blended with biodiesel.
The state’s largest plant is owned by Crimson Renewables in Bakersfield who will expand from 24 million gallons to 36 million gallons under the program.
Also gaining funding is the City Of Manteca waste to fuels program using waste food and solid waste material to convert to renewable biogas for city vehicles.The city will get $1.6 million in CEC funds.