San Francisco Gets Greasy

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The city will consider a proposal to build what could be the first biodiesel plant in San Francisco - and possibly buy the fuels from the plant for its fleet.

Bullet Arrow September 5, 2008

A newly proposed biodiesel plant in San Francisco could supply fuels for the city fleet, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said Friday.

Darling International will seek approval from the San Francisco Port Commission to build the biodiesel plant at Pier 92. The plant would produce up to 10 million gallons a year by converting cooking oils from local restaurants and other fats and greases into biodiesel.

If it's approved, it will be the second planned biodiesel plant in the city. In May, the San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission received a $1 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build a pilot plant. The plant would make use of the more than 2.5 million gallons of brown grease - pan scrapings and oil residues in restaurant sinks - produced annually in the city.

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