Three Virginia companies are getting money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the production and expansion of advanced biofuels.
The federal agency on Monday announced nearly $45 million in payments to more than 155 local producers and business-owners to support biofuels.
In Virginia, the Potomac Supply Corporation received more than $36,500 for producing two types of advanced biofuels: fuel pellets and dry kiln. The Kinsale company makes the products from clean pine chips, sawdust and shavings feedstock. Officials say the money will help save 10 jobs.
Richmond-based Reco Biodiesel received nearly $30,000 and Virginia Biodiesel Refinery in West Point received more than $46,000.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the money will help increase the production and availability of renewable energy and support green jobs.