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Md.'s first biodiesel plant opens in Worcester County

June 27, 2006

BERLIN, Md. - Maryland's first biodiesel fuel production plant has opened here.

State Agriculture Secretary Lewis R. Riley and Energy Administration Director Fred Davis joined the James and Virginia Warren family of Maryland Biodiesel at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Worcester County last week.

The plant can produce 500,000 gallons of biodiesel fuel a year and expects to increase production in September an additional 1 million gallons, the state agriculture department said in a news release.

"This opening of this facility is evidence that Maryland is at the forefront of agriculture-based technology," Gov. Robert Ehrlich said in the release. "I applaud the Warrens' vision and entrepreneurial spirit to see this project to fruition and look forward to the renewable additions it will make to our energy supply."

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The state government has already shown a commitment to biodiesel. A new law allows the payment of credits to ethanol or biodiesel producers.

Another new law requires at least 50 percent of the state government's diesel vehicles to use a five percent blend of biodiesel by 2008. Already, the State Highway Administration is using a 20 percent blend of biodiesel.

Biodiesel is a domestically produced renewable fuel that can be used in any diesel engine with no modifications, the agriculture department said. "It burns cleaner than petroleum diesel, increases energy independence from foreign sources of oil and benefits farmers whose crops are used as feedstock for the fuel.

"The facility will specifically support the local economy through the purchase of soybean oil from Perdue Farms' Grain and Oilseed Division and a local source of food oil," the department said.

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