Green San Francisco: Making Bio Diesel

A Million for a Brown Grease Conversion Plant

The Cal Energy Commission just awarded San Francisco a million dollars to build a pilot fuel conversion facility to help the sf grease cycle program that has been a huge success in gathering old frying grease from restaurants for the cities bio-diesel fleet. More than 300 restaurants have signed up for the free pick up of cooking oils.

The plant will be located in Oceanside Sewerage Treatment plant and able to produce enough bio diesel to make the plant energy self sufficient and off the grid. You can count on a lot of experimentation to try and do the same for all the city owned vehicles. This pilot program has grand schemes and hopes to be a model for the state.

The city's restaurants have a down side that only owners and property managers can talk about.Much of this grease often finds itself in the sewers and creates a kind of "plaque" that causes a grease blockage. San Francisco spends about 4 million a year to remove sewer blockages. This is a good win win program, restaurants get free pick up, the city gets free fuel for its fleet and the saves the PUC 4 million a year by keeping grease out of the serwer system.

Here's a kick. According to the SFist blog......
"Looking to honor the forty-third President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, the recently formed Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is looking to change the name of the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Facility to the 'George W Bush Sewage Plant."

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