Plymouth biodiesel plant opens for public event

The largest biodiesel plant in Utah will be open for a public tour on Tuesday, March 20 and it’s scheduled for 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Washakie Renewable Energy Plant in Plymouth, Box Elder County. The plant received a $496,750 Rural Energy for America Program grant from USDA Rural Development to improve the operations at the facility. The plant creates biodiesel from renewable resources, such as natural oils from canola and safflower. Dave Conine, State Director for USDA Rural Development, says the plant at 24050 N. 6000 W. in Plymouth offers 65 jobs in a town of just over 300 people. “Renewable energy is not just the right thing to do from an energy perspective, but it’s excellent job creation,” Conine explains. “It is job creation in our rural communities just because of the nature of where those material feed stocks come from. “We are regarding renewable energy, particularly biofuels, as unique opportunities for rural communities.” Conine says grant and loan money is available for renewable energy projects statewide. To learn more about the biodiesel plant, visit their website

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