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Friday, March 1, 2013

Connecticut Officials Visit New Haven Biofuels Plant

Greenleaf Biofuels recently began producing biodiesel from its plant in New Haven and company officials took State Senator Ed Meyer, D-Guilford, on a tour of the facility with Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Dan Esty.

Meyer (who is shown in the photo at left with Esty) represents the 12th Senate District, which covers Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford. He is chairman of the state legislature's Environment Committee.

"Greenleaf will put Connecticut at the forefront of clean, renewable energy production," Meyer said.

Greenleaf Biofuels is projected to produce 10 million gallons a year of biodiesel when it is fully operational, making it the largest such facility in New England. Twenty new jobs will be created to keep the plant running. Additional jobs are expected to be created in the future as the facility expands.

The biofuel production facility is located within the fuel storage tank farm adjacent to New Haven Harbor. The biodiesel that Greenleaf is producing is made from used cooking oil and other types of recycled vegetable oil and animal fats.

Esty said the biofuel plant shows the importance that Gov. Dannel Malloy has placed on developing a clean energy economy.

"Governor Malloy has made clear that Connecticut will not be left behind when it comes to enjoying the benefits of a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future,' Esty said. "This plant is a great example of the kind of economic development that comes with this push."

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