Plans are already
brewing for the construction of New York’s first biodiesel plant.
NextGen Fuel Inc.
announced Wednesday, June 15, that it will use a former Miller Brewing Co.
brewery to house the new factory. According to Newsday, the company will
adapt the huge vats and other brewing equipment already in the facility to make
the fuel, which will be derived from soybean oil and used French fry grease.
The U.S. Department
of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program awarded the company a grant of
$99,500 for the project. According to a press release, the factory is expected
to open in August and will produce five million gallons of biodiesel fuel a
The brewery, which
closed in 1994, will also house an ethanol-producing refinery owned by
Northeast Biofuels, Newsday reported.