Empire State Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

Here’s an MSNBC story from Buffalo, NY that talks about biodiesel developments happening there – from a student at the University of Buffalo making biodiesel from waste grease to two small area businesses that have big plans for biodiesel production. Blue Sky Optimium Energy was started three years ago by a young Erie Community College graduate and Greenway Energy Group is a new company started by a Buffalo restaurant owner. Both are young start-ups – and I can’t find websites for either one – but they are both interested in making the product available on a local level. Here’s a good quote from the UB student in the article: “Biodiesel from a business standpoint and political standpoint is wonderful because it’s just surrounded with all of these great buzzwords: foreign oil dependency, emissions controls, domestic energy production, alternative fuel, supports farmers because all the virgin oil is coming from soy.”