REG Expanding Biodiesel in the West

John Davis

regbiodieselIowa-based Renewable Energy Group (REG) is making more inroads in the Western United States as it has opened a new biodiesel terminal in Southern Colorado.

This company press release says the opening of REG’s 20,000 gallon tank in Alamosa, Colorado comes on the heels of another terminal in Ogden, Utah and will make available the company’s REG-9000TM brand biodiesel in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico:

REG-9000TM brand biodiesel from Renewable Energy Group® (REG®) is available at the location as part of the company’s national infrastructure plan. REG has a strategic agreement with Alta Fuels., a petroleum company and experience biodiesel marketers, to offer blending of petroleum diesel with REG-9000 biodiesel at the site.

Company officials cite the upcoming Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as one driver of biodiesel demand. “The RFS calls for 500 million gallons of biodiesel to be used in the U.S. in 2009. This biodiesel blending facility allows petroleum distributors in Colorado, New Mexico and throughout the Southeast to make biodiesel blends available now in preparation for implementation of the RFS later this year,” explained Renewable Energy Group’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Gary Haer.

Haer noted the Colorado terminal is just one piece of Renewable Energy Group’s strategic plan to increase biodiesel availability. “We are committed to meeting U.S. demand for biodiesel through infrastructure creation,” explained Haer. “REG currently markets biodiesel to all 48 continental states, and with this and other strategic terminal locations, REG is able to extend our biodiesel product offering. We aim to help our petroleum distribution customers more quickly access high quality biodiesel to meet their customers’ demands.”

There are more than 20 Renewable Energy Group biodiesel locations nationwide.