By Canadian Biomass
January 30, 2014, Welland, Ont. – Representatives from three biodiesel manufacturing facilities in Ontario have joined together to form the Ontario Biodiesel Association (OBA).
By Canadian Biomass
January 30, 2014, Welland, Ont. – Representatives from three
biodiesel manufacturing facilities in Ontario have joined together to form the
Ontario Biodiesel Association (OBA).
The organization has been formed through a partnership that
includes Methes Energies Canada Inc., Great Lakes Biodiesel and Noroxel Energy
Limited. Paul Grenier, a biodiesel advocate and three-term municipal councilor in
Welland, is the Association’s Executive Director.
OBA members currently produce 100% of the grain-oil based
biodiesel in Ontario, which accounts for 75% of the total provincial production
capacity of all biodiesel. OBA members
have invested over $80 million in plant and equipment to produce biodiesel in
the province. Besides environmental benefits, the biodiesel industry provides a
direct and indirect positive economic impact on the province and its
On May 2nd, 2013, the Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario
Minister of Finance, announced and committed to through the government's
budget, a consultation process to develop a biodiesel policy for Ontario. That
process began in July of 2013 and the creation of the Ontario Biodiesel
Association demonstrates the industry's commitment to the collective interests
and concerns of the industry. An Ontario mandate to blend mineral diesel with
2% biodiesel would create a demand for production of 600,000 tonnes of Ontario
soybeans annually, supporting Ontario soy growers.
OBA members – Methes Energies Canada Inc. located in Mississauga
and Sombra (55 million liters/year), Great Lakes Biodiesel (GLB) in Welland
(170 million liters/year), and Noroxel Energy Limited in Springfield, just
outside of Alymer (5 million liters/year) – are excited about the future of
biodiesel and look forward to working with the government to achieve its
environmental goals through establishing and participating in the development
of sound policy to ensure a viable supply of biodiesel in Ontario.
Like the biodiesel associations that exist in Western Canada
and Quebec, the OBA will represent the biodiesel producers in Ontario and
address those issues, which are important on both a provincial and federal
level for the producers.