New plant owner optimistic about future of biodiesel

Sharna Johnson An Iowa renewable energy company that has acquired a Clovis biodiesel plant says it is optimistic about the future of biodiesel. Wednesday, Renewable Energy Group announced it has purchased a twice-stalled biodiesel plant planned for Clovis. Company spokeswoman Alicia Clancy said REG is “excited” about its future in Clovis. However she said the […]

3-18-08 Business Digest

The first New Mexico Biodiesel Policy Summit is being held

Officials: Biodiesel plant construction delayed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Construction on the Clovis Biodiesel facility was stopped this week because of financial concerns and market reasons, according to a company official. ARES Blue Sun Development Vice President Gerry Runte told city commissioners during Thursday’s regular meeting the delay was brought on by the rise in soy bean prices […]

Business Year in Review: Industries flocked to Clovis in 2007

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To economic developers 2007 brought the promise of new industries coming to Clovis. To farmers, the year brought in a combination of a great crop and great prices. On the other hand, the same year saw a flat housing market. But things are looking up for next year, according […]

Biodiesel agreement up for Commission vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission will vote today whether to approve an agreement with Australian company to build a biodiesel facility at the Clovis Industrial Park. The agreement would provide American Rewewable Fuels 25 acres of city-owned land to build an $80 million facility in the northern corner of the […]

Business Feature: Biodiesel plant taking shape

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Job site superintendent Doug Noguez, left, of Agate Construction and Kevin Rubright, construction manager for ARES Corp., oversee work on the Clovis Biodiesel plant. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor In what was once a winter wheat field sits clusters of stainless and carbon steel tanks. The 14 tanks are […]

Biodiesel plant construction in motion

CNJ staff Construction of the $16 million Clovis Biodiesel plant has begun at the Clovis Industrial Park, according to a company official. Financing agreements have been completed with Bank of Albuquerque by ARES Blue Sun Development, Clovis Biodiesel’s parent company, officials announced in a news release. The plant is expected to be operational by the […]

Biodiesel plant will produce fuel from animal fat

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American Renewable Fuels, a subsidiary of Australian Renewable Fuels, plans to locate the plant at the Clovis Industrial Park in southeast Clovis. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An Australian company plans to build a biodiesel plant in Clovis that has the capacity to produce 75 million gallons of biodiesel annually from animal fat, officials […]

Governor to announce Clovis biodiesel plant

By CNJ staff Another biodiesel plant is coming to Clovis, according to a news release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to make the announcement at 2 p.m. today in Albuquerque, according to a media advisory from his office. It would be the second multi-million-dollar biodiesel plant to be […]

Business Digest: Companies form joint venture

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Engineering firm ARES Corp. and Blue Sun Biodiesel have formed a joint venture to improve biodiesel processing technology and to build biodiesel production facilities in North America, according to a press release. The new company — ARES Blue Sun Development — has already selected a site in Clovis to […]

Plant aims to get fat on fuel production

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Another multimillion-dollar renewable fuel company is poised to settle in Clovis. An $80 million facility that would turn animal by-products into fuel is likely to become the second tenant of the Clovis Industrial Park, Clovis Industrial Development Corp. officials announced Thursday. CIDC Executive Director Chase Gentry said he is […]

Ag Sense: Canola ideal biodiesel crop

By Sangu Angadi: Ag Sense The biodiesel industry is rapidly growing in the United States. Energy security, fuel quality, and environmental and economic benefits are driving this growth. Biodiesel can be produced in this country with existing technology, thus reducing reliance on foreign oil. With a higher cetane rating, lubricity and oxygen content, biodiesel offers […]

Clovis lands $16 million biodiesel plant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News editor Clovis city commissioners gave the green light Thursday for a $16 million biodiesel plant to be constructed at the city’s industrial park. Commissioners approved their intent to issue industrial revenue bonds up to $15.3 million in connection with the proposed plant to be developed by ARES Corp. of Burlingame, […]

State biodiesel firm

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer An alternative fuel business is considering the Clovis Industrial Park as a possible location for a biodiesel plant. Energy Conversion Corp. of Santa Fe is holding a meeting today at the Chamber of Commerce for parties interested in investing in the company, according to Chase Gentry, executive director of the […]