Iowa biodiesel plant has ribbon cutting

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Renewable Energy Group and East Fork Biodiesel recently had a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Iowa for what will be the nation’s fifth-largest biodiesel plant.

The Nov. 30 ceremony in Algona, about 50 miles west of Mason City, doesn’t mean the state’s largest biodiesel plant is quite up and running yet. The facility is the last phase of construction, though a timeline for the plant opening is unavailable, an East Fork Biodiesel spokeswoman said.

The plant will produce biodiesel from soybean oil and other refined oils, with a production capacity of 60 million gallons a year.

As of September, 165 biodiesel plants were in operation in the United States, 80 were being built, and another four were being expanded, according to the National Biodiesel Board.