Funding will provide economic relief to more than 100 biofuel producers and 195 facilities
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2022 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the department has provided $700 million to help reduce costs and support biofuel producers who have suffered unexpected market losses due to of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are made available through the Biofuels Producers Program, which was established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Investments include more than $486 million for 62 producers located in socially vulnerable communities.
“The Biden-Harris administration is committed to rebuilding the rural economy after the effects of the pandemic,” Vilsack said. “That’s why the USDA is targeting resources and investments to improve the strength and resilience of US sustainable fuels markets. The investments we’re announcing today will pave the way for economic recovery for America’s biofuel producers, spur a critical market for America’s farmers and ranchers, and support our nation’s transition to a clean energy economy.
The USDA is making payments to 195 biofuel production facilities to support the maintenance and viability of an important market for agricultural producers of commodities such as corn, soybeans or biomass that supply biofuel production. These biofuel producers suffered unexpected market losses of a combined 3.7 billion gallons due to COVID-19.
- In Iowa, Southwest Renewable Energy LLC receives a $3 million payment. It suffered a market loss on 14.3 million gallons of ethanol due to the pandemic.
- In Illinois, Adkins Energy receives a payment of $774,000. Its biomass diesel production suffered a market loss of nearly 3.5 million gallons due to the pandemic.
- In Texas, White Energy Holding Company receives a payment of $21 million for the production of two facilities. Its ethanol production suffered a market loss of 98 million gallons due to the pandemic.
The investments the USDA is making today will support biofuel producers in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota , Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
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