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Call to Action - Biodiesel FET Credit needs your stories NOW!
October Customer of the Month
Pacific Biodiesel Takes Part in Hawaii-Hosted Environmental Conferences
Maui County Goes Green
SBA News
Oahu Plant Featured in Hirono Campaign Message
Pacific Biodiesel Partners in Community Clean Up
Maui Unveils New Fuel Truck
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Pacific Biodiesel Technologies

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance

Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit

World Congress on Zero Emissions

Jefferson Fellowships

Customers of the Month

Hard Rock Café

"To The Sea" Tour

All at Once

Oahu Plant Featured in Campaign Message

Aloha Aina Earth Days

PB Merchandise

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   October 2010
Beth Mathias
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I'm thrilled to join the Pacific Biodiesel team as the new Marketing Associate.  My predecessor, Amy Corbitt, has taken on a new opportunity to work exclusively from home allowing her to spend more time with her 5-month-old.  We wish her and her family the very best.

As a Maui resident for more than 25 years, my commitment to our community and its environment is unwavering.  My background is in the travel industry with a focus on sales and marketing. I've long admired Pacific Biodiesel and its mission and couldn't be more excited about joining the team. I look forward to sharing with you news about our companies and bring to your attention those issues that affect our industry. Thank you for supporting community-based biodiesel.  Feel free to pass this newsletter on to interested friends and colleagues!

Call to Action - FET Credit still in limbo.  We need your videos NOW!

September 17, 2010   In Washington, the US Senate voted down a proposed amendment  to extend the biodiesel tax credit. The final vote was 58-41 in favor of the credit, but Senate rules required 67 votes owing to a procedural hurdle placed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. is reporting that there are possibilities of the tax credit or a "light" energy bill (which would include a Renewable Power Standard) coming up in the waning weeks of this legislative session.  Unless Congress hears from you, the people they represent, nothing will happen.

Working with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, Pacific Biodiesel wants to get your stories heard.   Our collective stories will send Congress the message that inaction on renewable energy is inexcusable.

So get out your video cameras, cell phones or other recording devices and let our lawmakers know how you are being affected.  We're not looking for professional videos, only real stories by real people who believe in sustainable biodiesel.   Send your 15-20 second video clip by October 15th to and contribute to this grassroots effort.  Together we can save the biodiesel industry and keep moving toward local energy production for all American communities!

Pacific Biodiesel recognizes long time Maui

businessman as Customer of the Month

Since 2005, Matt Daniells has been fueling up on Maui with B100 from Pacific Biodiesel.

"I care about the environment and want to do my part to reduce the need to import fuel."    A Maui resident for many years, Matt and his wife represent the third generation in the family to operate Hanzawa's, one of the Island's best known grocery and variety stores. In addition, Matt is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty. 

As Daniells tells it, "I started fueling up at Pacific Biodiesel when I bought my 2006
Customer of the Month
Matt Daniells
Dodge truck.  I use it because it's a renewable resource and you don't have to fight wars to get it.  Up until I sold my Mercedes diesel, I used B100 in it as well.   You have that bumper sticker that says, 'Biodiesel - No War Required'.  Well, that says it all and I want to be part of the solution."

No War


Check the website to find out about different Hawaii consumers and businesses that are fueling with locally produced biodiesel!
Pacific Biodiesel Takes Part in Hawaii-Hosted Environmental Conferences
Bob and Kelly King speak on issues and showcase at Honolulu conferences.
PBI new booth; Bob, Tom Liu
Bob King talks with MEDB's Tom Liu at APCESE booth.

With a newly designed display, Pacific Biodiesel drew lots of interest at APCESE, which attracted over 1,200 local, national and international attendees.  As sponsors of both the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and the The World Congress on Zero Emissions, Kelly and Bob King of Pacific Biodiesel shared their expertise and passion for community-based biodiesel at these two Honolulu conferences in September. 

Pacific Biodiesel's Vice-President and Marketing Director Kelly King will speak with international journalists at the East-West Center's Fall 2010 Jefferson Fellowships program.  This year's theme, The Road to Energy Security:  Paved with Efficiencies, Renewable Technologies and Investment, will look specifically at two of the largest users of energy, the U.S. and China, and their efforts in addressing energy security. King's topic:  Renewable Innovation: Powering Communities with Locally Produced Biodiesel will be presented at 10am on Thursday, October 28th at the East West Center's John Burns Hall in Honolulu. 
Maui County goes Green with
Community -Based Biodiesel

The County of Maui is getting "greener" every day.  Pacific Biodiesel is once again supplying biodiesel to meet the County's B20 requirements. 
County refuse driver Shawn Motonaga fuels up with B20
photo by Lois Bisquera

Used in refuse trucks, dump trucks and other vehicles fueled at the Wailuku depot, the County is doing it's part to support locally produced biodiesel.


SBA News

Recent fundraisers help spread the word about the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

At a stop on Jack Johnson's "To the Sea Tour", the SBA awarded the 2010 Organization Visionary Award to All at Once for its outstanding contributions.  This organization, founded by Jack and Kim Johnson, supports non-profits in their work toward sustainability.  An Eco-Village is set up at every Jack Johnson concert giving local non-profits a venue to showcase their agency and mission to concert goers with tour proceeds going to these groups to support their projects.

Kelly King, founding board member of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, presented the Johnsons with the award at the Clark County Amphitheater in Ridgeville, Washington just prior to Jack's packed concert on October 3rd.

L to R:  Pacific Biodiesel CEO Bob King, SBA's Tanner Watt, Kelly King, Jack & Kim Johnson, and Josh Glasheen
Jack Johnson receives SBA award

Two fundraisers with local ties were held to benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.   At the 20th anniversary celebration of Hard Rock Cafe on Maui, the SBA was the recipient of proceeds from the event.  A packed house
Ataris presents HRC's Romy Mehlman with autographed gear at SBA fundraiser.
rocked to the sounds of guest band The Ataris, while guests were treated to great food and sumputious desserts.  HRC's Western Region Marketing Director, Romy Mehlman said, "The SBA is a perfect match for Hard Rock's mission of increasing awareness about sustainable energy for our planet."

On September 27th, biodiesel champions Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson and some very special celebrity friends joined together at the Hustler Casino in Gardena, California
Biodiesel advocates Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson raise funds for the SBA.
Wille and Woody Poker Tourney Promo
for a no-limit Texas Hold'em tournament.  Proceeds from the event and silent auction benefited the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance in support of their work to educate the public on the value of community-based biodiesel. Pacific Biodiesel's very own Kelly King came away with top honors, winning the entire tournament! In an email shortly after the event, Kelly reported, "I'm still in shock!  All I was hoping for was to make a good showing  supporting the
Rooted on by Woody and Laura Harrelson, Kelly King outlasts competition at the SBA fundraiser.
Kelly King wins SBA Poker Tourney
 organization and not embarrass myself!"  King beat out 67 players (including a few pros) in the tournament that lasted until 3:45am. Jeff Plowman, Executive Director of the SBA announced that King graciously donated the major portion of her winnings to the SBA, bringing the total cash raised at the event to over $43,000. 

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono Continues Support of Local Alternative Energy Sources

Campaign Message Features
Oahu Biodiesel Facility
Hirono with Plant Manager George Aiwohi
Mazie with George and friend

A long time supporter of community-based renewable energy, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono visited Pacific Biodiesel's Oahu plant last month.  With the lapse of the biodiesel FET credit causing nation-wide layoffs in the industry, Hirono continues to be an outspoken advocate.  She joined many House Representatives in voting to extend the FET credit last year before it expired.  In her latest campaign message, Hirono features footage of Pacific Biodiesel's plant highlighting her commitment to building our economy through the research and development of alternative energy sources right here in Hawaii.


Pacific Biodiesel Partners in Community Clean Up

Aloha `Aina Earth Day Team Collects Cooking Oil

To celebrate Earth Day monthly and help Hawaii's schools earn some cash for their trash,  Aloha`Aina Earth Day Recycling Community Clean-Up Project was created, in a private-public partnership with businesses that donate their time and resources. 
The public is encouraged to save their cooking oil, scrap metals, car parts, bulky items, newspapers, cardboards, beverage containers, passenger tires, green waste, car batteries, usable clothing and household items, cellular phones, printer cartridges, telephone books and more. 
Twice each month, in a different Oahu neighborhood, local businesses provide free collection of these recyclables. The community is cleaned up and the participating recycling companies donate the funds generated to local non-profit and charitable organizations.

Jenna Long and volunteers from Kapolei Middle School collect used cooking oil.
Aloha Aina Earth Day

During a recent Aloha Aina Earth Day event, Jenna Long, Sales Manager for Pacific Biodiesel teamed up with students and staff from Kapolei Middle School to collect household cooking oil .   The collected oil won't contaminate our wastewater systems and will remain out of the landfills when turned into fuel at Pacific Biodiesel's Oahu plant.  For more information about recycling your own used cooking oil and for upcoming Aloha Aina Earth Day events

click here.

Maui Unveils New Fuel Truck
Sales and Service Rep Ferd Ballesteros pumps B100 from new fuel truck.
New PBI truck w/Fred
With our mission "renewable ˇ sustainable ˇ community-based" riding high along the top line of our new vehicle, Pacific Biodiesel's message can now be seen island wide.

The new look for Pacific Biodiesel's fuel truck has the Maui team energized.  "It's a big growth step for us and I'm very excited", said Operations Manager Larry Zolezzi.PBI Truck wide

Headquartered in Kahului, Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel, Inc. was conceived in 1995 as a response to local concerns over unmanageable quantities of waste cooking oil being dumped at the Central Maui Landfill.  Since opening and operating the very first retail biodiesel pump in America, Pacific Biodiesel has built a solid reputation as a leading pioneer in the rapidly expanding biodiesel industry. Its technology division, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies in Salem, Oregon, has designed and built biodiesel plants from Hawaii to Maryland. 
PBI is committed to the community-based biodiesel model and to our mission of promoting a clean, sustainable energy future through local production of renewable fuels.  For more information, please visit our website or contact Beth Mathias at