Southern Oregon positioned for biodiesel

As reported in Medford Tribune, Southern Oregon is well positioned to be a regional producer of biodiesel.  The Oregon biodiesel industry produces less than 1 percent of diesel consumed in Oregon.  The Oregon Legislature has mandated 18 million gallons, or 2 percent, of the diesel pumped in Oregon must be of the bio variety.   That means the vast majority of biodiesel is shipped in from other states.

“Oregon uses 720 million gallons of diesel (annually), and we’re capable of producing 5 million.”says Tyson Keever, founder of SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel, which manufactures the fuel in Salem.

Even so, the industry’s future will rely on crop production. “If you recycled all of the cooking oil in Oregon and captured every gallon, that would be about 3.5 million gallons,” Keever says.

That means Oregon producers are going to rely on the region’s farmers to make up the difference. “

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