Global Clean Energy Selected for up to $30 Million USDA Climate-Smart Commodities Grant for Advancement of Camelina as Renewable Fuel Feedstock

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:GCEH) was selected for participation in the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant program. The company was awarded up to $30 million for a pilot project to measure and validate the advantages of camelina as an ultra-low carbon renewable fuel feedstock. Altogether the program received over 450 applications for this initial funding pool.

“Being selected for this grant signals that the advantages of camelina as a low carbon feedstock are undeniable,” Chief Executive Officer of Global Clean Energy Richard Palmer said. “Camelina is a nonfood crop grown on fallow land between traditional crop cycles so as not to contribute to land use change, while producing ultra-low carbon renewable fuels that act as a drop-in replacement for their petroleum-based alternatives. This funding from the USDA will help us accelerate farmer adoption of camelina, which will improve soil conditions on existing farmland and help reduce the negative impacts of climate change.”

The USDA’s cost-share grant is aimed at reducing American agriculture’s carbon footprint. According to the USDA’s announcement, Global Clean Energy’s Climate-Smart Camelina pilot project will “accelerate farmer adoption of camelina as a nonfood crop grown on idle acres to produce more plant-based feedstock for renewable biofuels and chemicals with low carbon intensity and no land-use change while increasing carbon capture in the soil.”

Global Clean Energy owns the world’s largest camelina patent and intellectual property portfolio. Their wholly owned subsidiary, Sustainable Oils, Inc., contracts directly with farmers to grow camelina in key regions of the U.S. including Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Camelina grain is grown for use as the source for Global Clean Energy’s ultra-low carbon renewable fuels produced from their Bakersfield Renewable Fuels refinery in California.

The USDA Climate-Smart Commodities announcement can be accessed here.


Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:GCEH) is a vertically integrated renewable fuels business that is focused on reducing carbon emissions sustainably through proprietary nonfood camelina varieties – delivering among the lowest carbon intensity renewable fuel in the marketplace. Global Clean Energy’s strategy since inception has been to control the full integration of the renewable fuels supply chain from science to seed and farm to fuel. They aim to operate the development, production, processing, and transportation of feedstocks, to the refining and production of renewable fuels. Global Clean Energy processes their proprietary nonfood camelina feedstock in our Bakersfield, California renewable fuels refinery, yielding a renewable diesel that is chemically identical to petroleum diesel, but with 80+ percent lower carbon emissions. Global Clean Energy’s proprietary camelina varieties are the only nonfood renewable feedstock on the market certified for both the U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. More information can be found at

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Amanda Parsons DeRosier

Source: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc.