Clancy said the company is currently taking applications at to set up customer accounts for the wholesale biodiesel and encourages inquiries about delivery and future production at the plant.

According to Clancy, Renewable Energy Group is focused on converting natural fats, oils and greases into advanced biofuels.

“With more than 210 million gallons of owned/operated annual production capacity at biorefineries across the country, REG continues to lead the industry as the largest U.S. producer of biodiesel,” she said. “We will eventually be looking at local producers of used cooking oils and the agriculture industry for animal fats, so there will an added benefit for regional business and industry in and around Clovis.”

“On a national level, the National Biodiesel Board continues to work with agriculture equipment manufacturers to promote biodiesel, and we are hopeful we will soon receive B20 endorsement from our partners. Already, Ford Motor Company, Dodge and General Motors are promoting their new passenger trucks as B20 rated. Five-percent biodiesel can be blended in any diesel fuel and still meet federal requirements, reduce emissions and ultimately support energy independence,” Clancy said.

She says the biodiesel industry needs passage of a rumored federal blender’s tax credit. A $1 a gallon tax break would help the industry generate investment and would make biodiesel price more competitive. But of more concern is the growth of renewable fuel standards.

“We are anxious to see what EPA and the Administration are going to do about setting the 2013 quota for biofuel production,” Clancy said.

This year that number is one million gallons, but Clancy says REG stands with the National Biodiesel Board’s recommendation of setting the 2013 production requirement at 1.28 million gallons.

“This alone would represent a continued interest and effort to support alternative fuels,” Clancy explained.