Iowa company supplying biodiesel to Super Bowl generators

Renewable Energy Group will provide as much as 15,000 gallons of biodiesel blends

An Iowa company will be providing the biodiesel to keep the backup generators running Sunday for the Super Bowl and events leading up to the big game.

Renewable Energy Group will provide as much as 15,000 gallons of biodiesel blends at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., during the Super Bowl. It also will supply biodiesel for more than 18 generators along Super Bowl Boulevard in New York City leading up to the game.

Renewable Energy Group is partnering with two heating oil distributors in the region, Hart Energy for delivery to Times Square and Majka and Sonís for delivery to Metlife Stadium. The Ames company is North America's leading biodiesel producer with 257 million gallons of annual capacity at eight biorefineries in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas.

Jack Groh, environmental program director for the National Football League, said the organization has been working on the 'greening' of the Super Bowl for 20 years and adding biofuels is one more step in that process.

"We have a comprehensive program that includes solid waste recycling, food recovery, repurposing of decor and construction materials, collection of books and sports equipment for children in need, urban forestry projects and renewable energy use," Groh said. "Integrating biodiesel is another way we can address the environmental impact of our activities at the Super Bowl."

Groh said the NFL will have diesel-powered generators in place to provide power in the event that power to MetLife Stadium is disrupted. Last year, a power blackout in the second half of the game at the Superdome in New Orleans halted play and left millions of TV viewers in the dark.

"We have a double-redundant system of generators at the stadium," Groh said. "After the power failure last year, a commitment was made by the league to not let that ever happen again."

Biodiesel is made from a diverse mix of feedstocks including recycled cooking oil, animal fats, waste greases and refined vegetable oils. The fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions between 57 and 95 percent when compared with petroleum-based diesel. 

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