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Military Biofuels Project Gets Underway
Pacific Biodiesel Sponors Sustainability Award
Marine Corps Base Using Locally Produced Biodiesel
UH Manoa and Pacific Biodiesel Collaborate on Waste-trap Treatment
SBA and Amazon Watch Hold San Francisco Fundraiser
Pacific Biodiesel Receives Gold Badge of Sustainability
Pat Simmons Named Customer of the Month
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   2nd Quarter 2011

It's an exciting time for biodiesel!  While the increase in petroleum costs has reflected positively on biodiesel pricing, I also attribute the enthusiasm for renewable, community- based fuels to a population determined to move toward true sustainability.  We are expecting biodiesel sales to increase dramatically in the next few years as the Big Island plant makes locally produced fuel more available.  

Larry Zolezzi

Operations Manager, Larry Zolezzi

Toward that end, in July we will install a new card-lock pump on Maui that will have B-100 available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We're looking to add a B-20 pump as well .  Cleanway, our trucking division has added new vehicles and drivers on Maui, Hawaii Island and Oahu to keep up with the demand from enthusiastic restaurant owners who want to be 'part of the solution'.  The Big Island Biodiesel plant is under construction in earnest as more components get ready to ship for installation at the Kea'au site.  With a sales team ready to find the perfect solutions for our customers and an operations team able to meet those needs, we look forward to a successful summer.  

Pacific Biodiesel's Military Biofuels Crop Project Gets Underway  

New hires oversee first plantings

Pacific Biodiesel, Inc. welcomes Matt Johnson and Dan Rudoy to its operations on Oahu, as the team leaders for the Hawaii Military Biodiesel Crop project.  Johnson has been named Project Manager and Rudoy was hired as Farm Manager.

"With a background in agriculture development training and fund management, Matt brings a wealth of experience to

Project Manager Matt Johnson

Pacific Biodiesel,"
said Kelly King, Vice President and Director of Communications.  "His experience in rural agriculture and renewable energy are perfect qualifications to oversee the project."

Farm Manager Dan Rudoy, an Oahu native, will oversee the day-to-day
Dan Rudoy

Dan Rudoy, Farm Manager

operations of the crop production.  Rudoy has held similar positions as a farm manager on both Maui and Oahu.  "Dan has a passion for agriculture and sustainable energy that was evident in the interview with him," King reported.


The two-year project, contracted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center to work with the Army Installation Management Command-Pacific, is aimed at reducing Hawaii's dependence on fossil fuels.  The project will demonstrate oilseed crop production on a commercial scale in Hawaii where these types of crops have not yet been grown for biofuel.
HMBC push planter

Hand planting the oil seed crops was one method used at Waialua

On June 20th the first large-scale planting of its kind took place in the Waialua field on Oahu using both hand and machine planting methods. Oilseed varieties that included sunflower, camelina, flax, safflower and chia are expected to produce their first yields in just over three months.


Pacific Biodiesel Sponsors Sustainability Award

Pacific Biodiesel, in partnership with Maui No Ka Oi Magazine,  co-sponsored the "Excellence in Sustainability" Award, presented at the 9th annual 'Aipono Awards on Maui.


The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa was the recipient of this year's award which was presented by Pacific Biodiesel Vice President Kelly King and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa.  When asked about the award winner, Beth Mathias, Marketing Director for Pacific Biodiesel commented,  "Since 2007 when they were inducted into the Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame, the Hyatt Regency Maui has set the bar for resort sustainability on Maui. With energy and resource reductions, eco-friendly upgrades throughout the resort and an aggressive recycling campaign which includes the proper recycling of its grease and used cooking oil, the Hyatt was the unanimous choice."

HRM Aipono Award

The Hyatt Regency Maui's Director of Engineering, Gary Bulson, Executive Chef Matt Smith and  

Green Team Chairman Andrew Gress receive the  

2011 Excellence in Sustainability Award from  

Kelly King, Vice President of Pacific Biodiesel and  

Mayor Alan Arakawa

Marine Corps Base Using Locally Produced Biodiesel

The Marine Corps is now supplying B-20 to their "white fleet" or service vehicles on their Kaneohe base.  They have begun dispensing the B20 in their alternative fuels station, which also provides E85.  Pacific Biodiesel collects used cooking oil around the base and now returns it as biodiesel fuel to the station on base.

Additionally, the base has participated in the Department of Defense Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), which is evaluating a 20% blend of biodiesel in selected tactical, non-deployed vehicles operating on the base. 


UH Manoa and Pacific Biodiesel Collaborate on Waste-trap Treatment

Public-private partnership powers research



University of Hawai'i at Manoa and Pacific Biodiesel

Inc. have signed an agreement to collaborate in finding pathways for treatment of waste trap grease from restaurants. If successful, the project could turn restaurant trap grease from a problematic waste into a new source of useful products, such as liquid and gaseous fuels and soil amendments.  

An outgrowth of a Water, Energy and Soil Sustainability (WESS) research effort at UH Mānoa, the research is funded by the UH Sustainability Initiative and U.S. Department of Energy.

Michael Cooney

UH Researcher Michael Cooney

Lead researcher, Michael J. Cooney, an Associate Researcher with the Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute states, "This is part of the University's serious and long-term efforts toward
becoming a leading driver of sustainability in the state."

"We're excited to be working with the University of Hawai'i on solving some of these big wastewater problems," said Pacific Biodiesel President Bob King. "Our company was created and built on the premise of environmental stewardship, so it's gratifying that we are partnering with the state's preeminent university campus, as well as helping another start-up, RealGreen Power, to further the mission."

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Amazon Watch Hold San Francisco Fundraiser

Bentley Reserve hosts special event 

   SBA Save the Date 8/11

On July 22nd the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance will team up with Amazon Watch for a 'first of it's kind' fundraiser event at the beautiful Bently Reserve building in Downtown San Francisco to raise money for the work of both groups. In the past biofuels, including biodiesel have been linked to deforestation and rainforest endangerment through large scale palm oil and soy production. This event will help educate the public on how supporting local, sustainable biodiesel production and using local renewable resources instead of feedstocks like imported soy and palm oil can protect our planet's precious rainforests.

Both organizations are very excited about this event as it will mark the first time ever a rainforest protection group and a biofuels organization have worked together for a common cause.  The evening will include great food, a live auction and entertainment by Sara Wasserman and special friends in one of the most elegant settings in San Francisco.  For more information and tickets click here.

Pacific Biodiesel Receives Gold Badge from SBA
Hobron station receives high marks 
SBA LogoThe SBA has awarded a gold badge of sustainability to Pacific Biodiesel's Maui Hobron fueling station. 

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance initiated a retail fuel evaluation program to rate the sustainability of biodiesel at pumps across the nation.  The scoring matrix is based on critical elements of the Baseline Practices for Sustainability and include criteria on feedstock, distance traveled and production process and practices. For more information click here.      

Pat Simmons Named June "Customer of the Month"
Pat Simmons COM
Pat Simmons with Pacific Biodiesel's Kelly King
Check the
website each month to read about different Hawaii businesses that are fueling with locally produced biodiesel!

Grammy award winning songwriter and founding member of The Doobie Brothers, Pat was introduced to biodiesel through his friend Willie Nelson and has been a supporter, both personally and professionally, ever since. When at home on Maui, both Pat and his wife Cris fuel their personal vehicles with B100.  When on the road, The Doobie Brothers make a point to educate their fans on the importance of individual involvement in social and environmental change.  Pat joined the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance's Honorary Board of Directors in 2007, pledging to use his voice and image to support the development of sustainable, community-based biodiesel programs and the pursuit of a sustainable U.S. biodiesel industry.  The impact of his support is truly priceless.


Upcoming Community and Industry Events
Look for Pacific Biodiesel and Cleanway at these upcoming events:
  • July 8 - Hawaii Clean Energy Day III - Honolulu YMCA
  • July 9 - 9am-2pm - Sustainable Aloha Summer Fest - Alii Kula Lavender Farm
  • July 13 & 14 - Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality and Foodservice Expo - Neal Blaisdell Center 
  • July 22 - SBA/Amazon Watch Fundraiser - San Francisco, California  
  • July 26 - Lahaina Sunrise Rotary
  • August 1 - 6pm-8pm - Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii    
  • August 24 - 26 - Hawaii Transportation Association - Annual Conference - Sheraton Maui 
  • Sept. 12 - 15 - Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo - Hawaii Convention Center 
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