Grants Boosting CT’s Biodiesel Industry

John Davis

Seven Connecticut biodiesel distribution firms have received a total of $350,000 in grants.

This press release from Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell says the money was handed out under the state’s Distribution Facilities Grant Program to companies that undertake projects to develop biodiesel distribution equipment and facilities:

“Support for biodiesel production is not only an economic development issue but also an environmental issue,” Governor Rell said. “By creating more opportunities for renewable energy sources we can assist individual businesses, reduce energy costs, improve air quality and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil. Programs such as this are a key component of my agenda to make Connecticut a leader in sustainability.”

Award recipients are:

* Megellan Terminal Holdings, L.P., an independent petroleum storage company that will purchase and install a blending system, biodiesel storage and necessary piping at its facility at 85 East Street in New Haven.

* Bantam Supply Co. Inc., is a retail Bioheat, diesel, and propane distributor in Bantam. The company will upgrade the pump, metering and monitoring system and increase distribution capacity at the facility.

* Baribault Oil Company, Inc., located in the Oakville section of Watertown, is a wholesale distributor of B5 Bioheat biodiesel blends, fuel oil and diesel fuel. The company intends to use its grant to replace existing piping with 4-inch Schedule 40 welded pipe and install a new loading area to accommodate the diameter change.

* Total Energy Solutions, LLC, parent company to Sterling Street Terminal, sells petroleum products from five locations in Connecticut as well as others in New England, New York and the mid-Atlantic region. East Hartford-based Sterling Street Terminal LLC, a petroleum distribution facility, will use the grant to modify its storage tank for a blending system and purchase and install a 10,000 gallon biodiesel “day tank” with dispensing pump and meter.

* Norbert E. Mitchell Co. Inc., a retail petroleum fuel distributor throughout Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties, will purchase and install a 10,000 gallon biodiesel storage tank and fuel injection system.

* Greenleaf Biofuels, LLC, is a wholesale and retail distributor of biodiesel and biodiesel blend B99.9 located in Guilford. Greenleaf Biofuels will purchase a 6,900 gallon biodiesel tank trailer.

* Hale Hill Farm Biofuels distributes biodiesel and biodiesel blends from its Portland facility. The company will purchase and install two 1,000-gallon storage tanks with fueling apparatus, a 3,000-gallon delivery truck, three 275-gallon storage tanks with fueling apparatus and a 20-foot-by-20-foot field office for biodiesel sampling and testing.

Biodiesel, Government