On April 11, 2022, the Paramount City Council approved the plans and permits for the AltAir/World Energy Renewable Fuels Conversion Project that will end petroleum-based operations at the company’s facility and replace them entirely with renewable fuel production. Under the permit, the facility can produce up to 25,000 barrels per day – it is currently producing 3,500 barrels a day.
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) also supported this California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)-compliant project.
Additionally, the City Council approved a zone variance, which will allow some refinery equipment to exceed the 55-foot height limit.
World Energy focuses on renewable fuels made from sources such as beef tallow that reduce mobile fuel emissions. The project is expected to add approximately 30 jobs to the current 100 at the plant. This conversion would eliminate the refining of crude oil (including byproducts like asphalt) and support use of renewable jet fuel, diesel, gasoline, and propane.
The project is expected to decrease the levels of most pollutants at the facility, which will contribute to an overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the region.
World Energy’s renewable products are expected to provide a source of energy in support of California and Federal Low Carbon Fuel Standards. The company currently supplies renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel to fleet services such as UPS, United Airlines, Boeing, the Department of Defense, and several California municipalities and school systems, reducing both truck and airline emissions.
For more information, visit the City of Paramount’s website.