SBA Certifies Pacific Biodiesel Plant

Kahului, HI – April 22, 2016 – The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance today announced that it has certified Pacific Biodiesel, Hawaii’s award-winning and internationally recognized producer of renewable fuels and the only commercial biofuel producer in the state, and its Big Island Biodiesel plant for showcasing sustainable biodiesel production and distribution practices.

With a nameplate production capacity of 5.5 million gallons annually and utilizing state-of-the art distillation technology to produce the highest quality biodiesel in the country, the plant is the first biodiesel facility of its kind in the United States to earn this certification.

The certification, awarded by the non-profit Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, is two fold:

  • Big Island Biodiesel earned “Gold Certified” status as a Biodiesel Producer with a score of 78 of 100.
  • Pacific Biodiesel/Big Island Biodiesel earned “Platinum Certified” status as a Biodiesel Distributor with a score of 92 of 100.

“The SBA is very pleased with the results of the certification audit, and applauds Pacific Biodiesel for being a leader in sustainably produced biodiesel” said Jeff Plowman, Vice-Chair of the SBA.

The certification process included an audit performed by independent third party auditor, Chris Garth of Carolina Management System Services, Inc. “It was a pleasure auditing the management systems of Pacific Biodiesel,” said Chris. “The biodiesel produced at Big Island Biodiesel is made efficiently, yielding high quality fuel that meets ASTM D 6751, and in an organizational culture that scores very high – and drives continual improvement – in quality, environmental, health, safety and sustainability metrics.”

The certification process evaluated a variety of production and distribution practices including:

  • Control of air emissions
  • Reduced water consumption
  • Continuous improvement toward zero-waste production
  • Lower energy consumption
  • Development of sustainable purchasing policies
  • Creation of diverse community benefits

“We are thrilled to hear today’s announcement from SBA’s Certification Committee,” said Jenna Long, Director of Operations, Pacific Biodiesel. “This gives our entire team a great sense of pride and reinforces our company’s mission to make clean, renewable fuels in the most sustainable and community-focused manner possible. We also received valuable input during the certification process so that we can continue to improve the sustainability practices of our facility.”

About Pacific Biodiesel

Founded in 1995, Pacific Biodiesel established and operated the very first retail biodiesel pump in America and for the past two decades has built a solid reputation as a leading pioneer in the renewable energy industry. With more than 70 employees statewide, the company excels in constructing and operating biodiesel-processing plants, advancing process technology, and producing and marketing quality fuels.

An innovator and industry leader, Pacific Biodiesel has earned numerous community, state, national and international awards, including most recently its founders Bob and Kelly King being named to the international list of the Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy for 2016. Throughout its history, Pacific Biodiesel’s vision has remained constant: to create truly sustainable, community-based biodiesel production facilities in order to maximize the economic and environmental benefits and minimize energy consumption.

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Blenders vs. Producers Credit

Tax credits for renewable fuel in the U.S. have been inconsistent at best. Recently Congress voted to pass the $1.00 per gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit retroactive to January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. While any tax benefit to the renewable fuel industry seems like a win, there are many trade groups including the National Biodiesel Board who have been advocating for the tax incentive to be reformed to a domestic producers tax credit.

The current blenders credit allows biodiesel that is imported from foreign countries and blended in the U.S. access to the tax incentive. This situation is problematic to the U.S. biodiesel industry and to taxpayers for many reasons.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the biodiesel import volume for 2016 will be more than 700 million gallons. If that biodiesel is blended into petroleum diesel here in the United States, it could result in a potential $700 million paid in taxpayer dollars to foreign biodiesel producers.

Today the U.S. market is flooded with biodiesel from places like Argentina and Malaysia, where the production is already subsidized in their countries yet they are able to undercut U.S. markets and double dip with the U.S. blenders incentive. To add insult to injury, much of the biodiesel produced in countries like Malaysia comes from questionable feedstock including palm oil, that has numerous negative impacts both environmental and social including rainforest clear cutting and forced labor and does not meet the sustainability requirements of the RFS.

Changing the blenders tax credit to a domestic producers tax credit would ensure that U.S. tax dollars are benefiting only U.S. biodiesel producers. Groups that oppose the reform say that a domestic producers credit would limit the global market essence of fuels, but as many countries including the U.S. look into the future towards energy security and renewable solutions, a robust domestic industry is key. U.S. Biodiesel producers big and small can all get behind that.

*Biodiesel Magazine – Trade groups at odds over us biodiesel tax credit structure

 

*Biodiesel Magazine – Congress proposes reinstatement of biodiesel blenders tax credit

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Biodiesel can be part of the CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTION

PARISIn today’s world of public access to real-time media updates it is no surprise that the interest in and support for important issues concerning our environment tend to ebb and flow like tides in the ocean. As concerned and proactive citizens our attention is constantly being pulled in many different directions. While all of the issues we are drawn to are important and carry their own merit it is important that we do not loose sight of the end goal and that we can continue to strive for solutions that will help us live in a fossil-fuel free world. Biodiesel is an old technology that is not being used to it’s full potential as a tool to help end our dependence on fossil fuels and move collectively toward renewable energy solutions.

The biodiesel industry  has continued to stay resilient through years of inconsistent public and policy support, and the SBA would love to see the day when biodiesel use is not a foreign concept to the majority.  With the release of An Inconvenient Truth the world’s eyes were on the environment and solutions that could be taken in our everyday lives to make the changes necessary to get our planet on a corrective course. Out of this concern and willingness to do better, the community-scale biodiesel movement and the SBA were born. Since then, the biodiesel industry (on every scale) has experienced it’s own victories and defeats. From tax incentives that helped make a community-scale biodiesel movement possible and government support for small scale start-ups to changes in tax law that made it difficult for local-scale biodiesel producers to survive and seeming government support for globalized production and export, our industry has seen it all. In turn the US Biodiesel industry has persevered and so has the community-scale producer and biodiesel user.

Today in the final weeks of 2015 the eyes of the world have once again shifted to the issue of climate change and the steps that each of us can take to be a part of a collective solution. It is crucial that we remember that local, sustainably produced biodiesel is one part of a host of solutions for this critical issue. Here is a list of ways that you can help support the biodiesel movement in your community. If you drive a diesel vehicle, using locally produced biodiesel and biodiesel blends is a no-brainer. But for those of us who do not own a diesel vehicle there are still ways to support the cause.

  • Contact your local school district and ask them to use (or continue to use) biodiesel blends in the local school bus fleet. This simple solution takes no change to infrastructure, usually does not effect cost significantly and makes an instant reduction in harmful emissions and an improvement in the quality of air for the student bus riders.
  • If you use HEAT OIL for your home furnace look into available BIOHEAT options. BIOHEAT is a biodiesel blend that can be used (without hardware changes) in most home furnaces. BIOHEAT immediately reduces the amount of harmful emissions from furnace use (up to 80% depending on blend used) and the oil is created from local feedstocks like used cooking oil instead of fossil fuels.
  • Support the companies in your community that support local biodiesel. Go online and find your local biodiesel producer. Use your local biodiesel producers web resources to identify the companies that run their fleets on this local, more sustainable, environmentally friendly fuel and make ann effort to give your business to those companies. To make this more effective contact these companies and let them know you are using their product or service because of their choice to use local biodiesel.
  • Be vocal and spread the word. When you see a diesel vehicle ask the driver ‘Do you use biodiesel?’ if the answer is yes…it’s high-five time! If the answer is no, let them know that there is a clean energy solution that is produced in America that they can use without making changes to their vehicle, then tell them the name of the biodiesel producer most local to your community.

These solutions may seem simple…that is because THEY ARE. 

The world is aligning to take action with a DRAFT PACT from The Paris Climate Talks and NOW is the perfect time for each of us to do our part and tell our friends how they can do theirs. This holiday season, don’t just spread the holiday cheer, spread the word about community-based biodiese

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2015 Collective Biodiesel Conference News

Jangchub Chorten Stupa of Enlightenment - Crestone, CO

Jangchub Chorten Stupa of Enlightenment – Crestone, CO

 

The Collective Biodiesel Conference has been the most unique grassroots biodiesel event in the nation annually since 2006. This year’s conference held in conjunction with the Crestone Energy Fair in the remotely beautiful town of Crestone, CO did not disappoint. The theme of the conference was “One Planet, Many Technologies,” and brought together educators, experts and enthusiasts from Biodiesel, Solar, Biogas, Natural Building and others from across North America.

Crestone has a cooperative interest in integrated sustainable energy systems and off-grid living. Many of the residents are focusing on the next step in evolving from just sustaining to regenerating resources within their community. It is in this spirit of regenerative solutions and “all things possible” that ran through the weekend’s workshops and presentations.

 

Conference Highlights:

Ben Doon from the San Juan Valley gave a presentation on the Costilla County Biodiesel Project that is currently making biodiesel out of locally grown canola seed crops and looking to experiment with other crops that might thrive as feedstock in the high and dry agricultural region.

Keegan Duff, Research Support Scientist with the University of Idaho gave a presentation on the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program at the University.

Doug Renk, Biological Commissioning Engineer with BIOFerm Energy Systems gave a presentation on “Biodiesel and Biogas Synergy.”

Stephen Gomez Ph.D. Chair and Assistant Professor for the Trades, Technology and Sustainability Department at Santa Fe Community College gave a presentation on Supercritical Biodiesel.

John Bush, CBC Board Member and Scott Williams Ph.D. Managing Director, Omaha Biofuels Co-op performed a mini batch and titration Biodiesel 101 demonstration.

 

Brian Roberts, President of Cowichan Biodiesel Co-op in Vancouver, B.C. gave a follow-up presentation from last years CBC that focused on “marketing Biodiesel directly to the consumer with a high-tech, low cost point of sale system and blending pump station.”

Jeff Rola of Go Bio Co led a roundtable type discussion about the integration of sustainable renewables.

Biodiesel Fuel Education Program at University of Idaho with Keegan Duff

Biodiesel Fuel Education Program at University of Idaho with Keegan Duff

 

Many other presentations by locals in the community, such as the Institutional Solar Thermal System of the local Charter School designed and presented by Michael Wasserman and a lesson in water/Methanol injection for internal combustion engines by Mechanic Eric Maki.

By mid-Saturday everyone was looking forward to continuing conversations in the park with a cookout, live music and local vendors. Those who stuck around for Sunday’s finale were treated to local home tours and optional field trips to Colorado Reptile Park or Costilla County Biodiesel among others.

 

 

Thanks to all the individuals that made this year’s CBC such a success!

 

Until next year…

Biodiesel 101 with John Bush and Scott Williams

Biodiesel 101 with John Bush and Scott Williams

 

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Aloha State Aims for 100% Renewable Portfolio

New Hawaii Energy Law Makes Speaker’s Talk More Timely

Provided by The National Center for Appropriate Technology

A bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature earlier this month could put one of the 2015 Harvesting Clean Energy Conference speakers squarely on the forefront of energy development in the Aloha State.

The legislation makes Hawaii the first state in the nation to adopt a 100 percent renewable Portfolio Standard, which means Hawaii utilities will generate 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045.

HB623, CD1 – which increases renewable portfolio standards to 30 percent by December 31, 2020, 70 percent by December 31, 2040, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045 – will boost the state’s local energy industry and save ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars in years to come.

The bill passed the Hawaii legislature on May 5 and was transmitted to the governor. Go here for more details: http://bit.ly/1FzLVyW

The new portfolio standards will make Kelly Takaya King’s HCE conference topic, “Hawaii’s Emerging Ag/Energy Economy – 20 Years of Innovation Leads Back to the Farm” even more timely.

Kelly is vice president and chief communications officer of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies as well as a co-founder and chair of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

Kelly’s address will be just one of the exciting features of this year’s HCE conference,  the 14th in the annual Harvesting Clean Energy series. It is set for September 30 – October 2, 2015, at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings, Montana. For the second year, it is being hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

As always, the conference promises to be the premier meeting of experts and wide-ranging practitioners in the agriculture, forestry, and energy industries. Its aim is to help advance rural economic development through clean energy development and to maximize profits by practicing good stewardship.

You can find out more details on the conference presentations as well as biographies of the speakers at www.harvestcleanenergy.org/. That’s the site to register, too, and you also can sign up for updates as the conference develops.

And remember, if you have an idea for a presentation you would like to offer at HCE, let these speakers inspire you to contact Cathy Svejkovsky at cathys@ncat.org.

  

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2015 Resolution: Support Sustainable Biodiesel

As 2015 begins, many reflect on the past year and come up with resolutions for the year ahead. While most people think of a resolution as an intention to do something, resolution can also be defined as an answer or a solution to a problem. Biodiesel represents a solution to many issues facing our communities and our planet, such as domestic energy security, climate change, and limited fossil fuel resources.

Despite hurdles and challenges in 2014, the biodiesel industry perseveres. Consumers continue to demand the product, existing producers continue to thrive and new community-scale biodiesel production facilities continue to be built. Communities across the country are seeing the environmental, social and economic benefits of community-scale biodiesel as more consumers, companies and fleets move toward local biodiesel and biodiesel blends from traditional ULSD. But there is more work to be done…

As individuals and communities we can choose to support local biodiesel producers and the companies that use their product. From the fuel we put in our vehicles to the dollars we spend, we can show our support for community-based, sustainable biodiesel.

The following are some ways you can resolve to support biodiesel use and be an even bigger part of a renewable energy solution in 2015.

 2015 BIODIESEL RESOLUTIONS

Tell state and federal representatives biodiesel is important to you – Use your voice and your vote to tell your representatives that biodiesel matters to you and your community. Federal legislation like the Biodiesel Producers Tax Credit is crucial to the survival of local biodiesel. The one thing that matters to every politician is VOTES let your representatives know your vote depends on support for community-based clean energy!

Consider renewable options from your local electric provider – When you purchase electric power for your home or business consider renewable options or biodiesel-based power generation when available. Companies like Hawaii’s Pacific Biodiesel provide locally made sustainable biodiesel to power generators that provide power to the community.

Switch to Bioheat blends or B100 in your home or work place furnace – Contact your local biodiesel provider for ASTM certified B20 Bioheat oil as an alternative to traditional heat oil for your furnace or ask about affordable furnace conversion kits for B100 use.

Encourage biodiesel in your community school busses – Nationwide, school busses travel 4 billion miles a year, transporting over 25 million students Biodiesel burns cleaner and provides improved air quality for student passengers and the environment alike and has a proven record of success in school fleets.

  • The Deer Valley School District in Phoenix, AZ has been running their fleet of (380+ vehicles) on biodiesel since 1997.
  • Green Circle North Carolina created a community fundraiser for their county school districts called BIODIESEL 4 SCHOOLS that encourages local businesses to donate used cooking oil to be converted into biodiesel which provides fuel to the school bus fleets at a savings to the community.

Consider biodiesel co-products as alternatives to traditional cleaners – Many biodiesel producers like Portland Maine’s ME Standard Biofuels create co-products like soaps and industrial cleaning products during the biodiesel production process. Purchasing these items as an alternative to traditional cleaning products further supports local biodiesel producers and the industry as a whole.

Support the business that support the industry – Check out your local biodiesel producer’s website to see what fleets use their product. Consider these companies when making your purchasing decisions. Companies across the spectrum are switching their fleets to biodiesel and biodiesel blends. By choosing these businesses and letting them know you support their choice to use local bio, you support the biodiesel industry in your community.

Eat more fried food (from restaurants that work with a biodiesel producer) – Don’t get us wrong, the SBA isn’t encouraging eating more fried food, just choosing to eat fried food from businesses in your community that provide grease to a local biodiesel producer. Efforts like Hawaii’s Restaurants For Renewables are a great example of local businesses doing their part to support community-based biodiesel.

Create your own biodiesel with DIY Biodiesel Kits – Companies like Evolution Biodiesel and Springboard Biodiesel sell kits for small–scale noncommercial use. Don’t forget to refer to a manual such as Penn State’s Biodiesel Safety and Best Management Practices for Small-Scale Noncommercial Use and Production.

Breathe easier knowing that by contributing to your local community, you are making a global impact.  Happy New Year from the SBA!

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Show Your Thanks for Local BIO!

#thankslocalBIO

IMG_3224It’s that time of year again when we take time to give thanks for the good things in our lives. The biodiesel industry is made up of countless awesome individuals that work to bring a local, renewable fuel option to communities nationwide.  It has proven tough to persevere given the setbacks facing the industry this past year.  So, in the spirit of appreciation the SBA is asking our supporters to get online and use social media to show their thanks for locally produced biodiesel in their community.

We hope that through this mass show of thanks we can encourage and fuel the conversation about the importance of community-based, renewable fuel. It is this dialog that will help local biodiesel succeed in communities across the nation.

You can choose from three easy ways to participate:

  1. Take a picture with your local biodiesel provider or business that uses biodiesel and post the pic along with your message and #thankslocalBIO to social media.
  1. Print out one of the provided signs (you can customize or use the simple version) and post a pic of you holding it to social media and tag it #thankslocalBIO.
  1. Use Twitter or Instagram to post your own personal message of thanks and tag the message with #thankslocalBIO (examples below)
  • I’m thankful when I buy fuel it is supporting local business not foreign wars. #thankslocalBIO
  • I’m making cleaner air for my children with local biodiesel. #thankslocalBIO
  • I’m thankful for my local biodiesel producer. #thankslocalBIO

The SBA is thankful for all of the individuals and businesses showing support for local, sustainable biodiesel. By sending a widespread message of thanks we can help these local businesses succeed and keep a local, sustainable alternative to petroleum available for consumers who demand it.

Send your message of thanks online using #thankslocalBIO today!

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SBA at Farm Aid 2014

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SBA Booth in the Farm Aid Homegrown Village

Each year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews headline a benefit concert to bring together a wide variety of musicians, farmers and fans for one mission: keeping family farmers on their land. This year they visited the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina and were joined by Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. and many more.

Farm Aid is the longest running benefit concert series in America, raising more than $45 million to help family farmers thrive all over the country while inspiring millions of people to learn about the Good Food movement. Each year, in addition to amazing music, Farm Aid brings together local farmers, non-profit organizations and groups working to support local farms and food systems to connect with fans and give them the chance to get involved locally.

A staffer from Biodiesel For Schools talks 'The Benefits of Biodiesel' with a Farm Aid fan.

A staffer from Biodiesel For Schools talks ‘The Benefits of Biodiesel’ with a Farm Aid fan.

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance was proud to be part of the Farm Aid Homegrown Village again this year. SBA teamed up with local North Carolina biodiesel producers, Green Circle North Carolina and Carolina Biofuels to inform fans of local, sustainable options in the Raleigh community. The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance was also joined by Biodiesel For Schools, a local non-profit effort to bring locally produced biodiesel to our school bus fleets as a way of improving air quality for our kids and our planet.

SBA is proud to be a part of the fight for Family Farms and Local Food Systems. The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance believes that locally produced, sustainable biodiesel is a Farm Fuel of the Future and will help local farms control their energy costs while contributing to their local economy and improving public health. For more information on the important work of Farm Aid CLICK HERE or visit www.farmaid.org

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Welcome to the Sustainable Biodiesel Community

Welcome to the Sustainable Biodiesel Community, where the SBA will be telling stories of how people are working together to create a more healthy and sustainable environment to benefit their community.

Making a switch from the petroleum diesel status quo to a renewable, local alternative in school buses, city fleets, emergency services and home heating are all simple steps communities are taking across the country. These are just a couple of ways that communities are helping  improve local economies, community health, and air quality.

The Sustainable Biodiesel Community Blog will showcase alternative energy options and initiatives happening all around us that are making the planet more sustainable for future generations.

The SBA is working toward a Sustainable Biodiesel Certification program that will highlight the work of biodiesel producers, distributors and retailers who are taking the extra steps to operate with environmental and community impact in mind. This certification will help educate consumers to prefer a local, sustainable product and push purchasing choices in the direction of a local, renewable product.

The biodiesel community is full of inspiring stories that will be shared through the Sustainable Biodiesel Community, so please check back with soon.

If you have an inspiring story to tell about steps your community has taken to become more sustainable please email us at infoadmin@fuelresponsibly.org so we can share it with the rest of the Sustainable Biodiesel Community.

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