SALT LAKE CITY, March 15, 2012 – USDA Rural Development Utah State Director Dave Conine announced today a public event to highlight the success of USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program. Washakie Renewable Energy Fuels (WRE) will host a public tour of their $10 million biofuel facility Tuesday, March 20. In 2011, WRE received a $496,750 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant from USDA Rural Development to improve their facility’s operations and finance construction of their pretreatment of biofuels and advanced biofuel production plant with two blender pumps. Located in Plymouth, Utah, the plant offers 65 jobs and makes $3 million in annual sales. In a town of just more than 300, its impact is significant. The plant is the largest of its kind in Utah and creates biodiesel from renewable resources such as natural oils like canola, safflower and soybean. Other waste products like used cooking oil from restaurants, animal fats and wastewater pond scum also go into the production of biodiesel. The event will include a tour of WRE for the public to experience how a biodiesel facility looks, sounds, feels, and operates; an overview of the plant’s production; and a public call for applications to the Renewable Energy for America Program. Grant and loan money is available for renewable energy projects statewide. What: Renewable Energy for America Day Event When: Tuesday, March 20 12:00pm – 2:00pm Where: Washakie Renewable Energy plant 24050 N 6000 W, Plymouth, UT 84330 Open to the public/press. USDA Rural Development’s programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. In fiscal year 2011, USDA Rural Development funded 12 renewable energy projects, totaling $2,156,005 in loans and grants. For further information on REAP programs in Utah contact Roger Koon, Energy Coordinator, (801) 524-4301, Roger.Koon@ut.usda.gov. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $165 billion in affordable loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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