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2012 Award
Name Changes
Tax Credit Lapse
Plant Construction Update
Atoll to Run Biodiesel
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   February, 2012
Aloha

Operations Manager, George Aiwohi

What a great place to work!  In 2000, when I began my career with Pacific Biodiesel, we were constructing the company's second Hawaii facility and Oahu's first biodiesel processing refinery. The Company has afforded me many opportunities to expand my knowledge and utilize my talents right here in Hawaii where I grew up.  Pacific Biodiesel strives to promote from within and engages each and every employee in its mission of sustainability.  Now, twelve years later, I'm thrilled to be witnessing the growth of the renewable energy industry in our State as we prepare for the opening of our newest project, Big Island Biodiesel.

This state-of-the-art facility, featuring zero-waste processing, will offer a great opportunity to join the biodiesel workforce and promote sustainability throughout the Hawaiian Islands. We hope to see many interested applicants at our Keaau Job fair on March 24th at Shipman Industrial Park. Pacific Biodiesel has been a great place to work  - but you don't have to take it from me; Pacific Biodiesel was nationally recognized as a winner of the 2011 Green Jobs Award and we made the 2012 list of Best Places to Work in Hawaii.
Best Place to Work in Hawaii!
Pacific Biodiesel named one of Hawaii's favorite businesses

Pacific Biodiesel is among those to be honored as one of the Best Places to Work in Hawaii by Hawaii Business Magazine.  The results were driven by confidential employee surveys conducted late last year.  The list of the Best Places to Work in Hawaii and how they will rank will be unveiled at an awards ceremony on March 30th 2012 at the Sheraton Waikiki.  

Pacific Biodiesel's Maui team at annual strategic meeting

New Names, Same Great Company

Administrative and service name changes unite cause and fortify the mission

Pacific Biodiesel Incorporated has combined with its Oregon division and will now be known as Pacific Biodiesel Technologies. "The change was primarily an administrative one," reported Kimberly Vanderlaan, Chief Operating Officer for the companies. "Our current operations and staffing will remain the same."


The company also announced a new name for its recycling collection service; Pacific Biodiesel Logistics, LLC. Formerly Cleanway, Inc., the change, in name only, highlights the close relationship between the service that picks up the used cooking oil and grease trap waste from food service locations and Pacific Biodiesel, who processes the waste into biodiesel.
 
"We spent much of our time explaining to our customers how Cleanway's services were related to Pacific Biodiesel," explained Beth Mathias Director of Sales and Marketing. "Now with the name change, the sustainability cycle is much clearer."

  

No Tax Credit = Less Biodiesel, Fewer Jobs
Decision on suspending biodiesel tax credit does more harm than good 

The biodiesel tax incentive that was reinstated in 2011 retroactive to January 2010 has again been suspended for 2012. This comes as a disappointment to those in the industry who thought that Congress understood the consequences of the 2010 lapse. The tax incentive was not available throughout 2010 and caused a significant domestic biodiesel production decrease along with a loss of many jobs. When reinstated the $1 per gallon credit bolstered a record production of 1.1 billion gallons and supported 39,027 jobs, according to Cardno ENTRIX, an international economic consulting firm.


To date, Congress has failed to take the actions necessary to extend this important legislation in the US Senate (Senate Bill s. 1277) and the US House of Representatives (HR 2238). On January 1, 2012 the domestic biodiesel industry entered a more challenging market competing against heavily subsidized non-renewable and greenhouse gas emitting petroleum products.

"The biodiesel tax credit is needed to help build demand and eventually replace a globally finite and polluting supply of crude oil," said Tyson Keever of Sequential Pacific Biodiesel.

Because of the uncertainty of government support to help offset petroleum subsidies, Pacific Biodiesel has spent much of the last decade advancing its process technology and improving efficiencies in production to create a model that can weather the fluctuations in market rates for feedstock and fuel. Despite the affects of the credit lapse on the industry, Pacific Biodiesel's Big Island Biodiesel plant will open this summer to showcase the most sophisticated, zero-waste and state-of-the-art community-based biodiesel refinery to date.

BIB Construction in Full Swing
Big Island Biodiesel plant opening slated for summer 2012; new jobs for Hawaii Island!

 

All eyes are on Keaau, Hawaii for the completion of the most advanced community scale biodiesel refinery. Sixteen years and 12 plants after the development of the plant that created America's oldest biodiesel business, Pacific Biodiesel will be producing the highest quality fuel from multiple feed stocks, including trap grease without water wash and producing no waste. The Big Island Biodiesel plant construction can be followed on Pacific Biodiesel's website homepage, www.biodiesel.com thanks to time-lapse photography.   

 

 

 

With the arrival of the storage tanks at the beginning of the year, the plant has already become a sort of landmark. The next big shipment of equipment will arrive in late March. 

 

In anticipation for the plant start up, hiring will begin soon and an onsite job fair is scheduled for Saturday, March 24th, 2012 to give local residents a head start before positions are noticed on Pacific Biodiesel's website. Big Island Biodiesel anticipates adding about 12 new positions for the start up of this new plant. Big Island Biodiesel Plant Manager Don Caffee shared his enthusiasm, "I am excited to be planning for the hiring and training of the start up staff." Potential job seekers should check the website, www.biodiesel.com starting in early March!

 

 Atoll to be Carbon Neutral

Nature conservancy of Hawaii on Palmyra Atoll using biodiesel generators

 

On January 26, 2012 10,000 gallons of biodiesel was delivered by tanker from Pacific Biodiesel to Palmyra Atoll for half of the island's annual supply of fuel. This order was part of the usual diesel fuel order for the research station that is currently powered solely by energy from diesel generators. The Nature Conservancy's plan is to become 100% carbon neutral in the next couple of years. They will use this first shipment to fuel one of their two generators as a test trial with the intent that the next supply ship will deliver 20,000 gallons of biodiesel for full integration of B100 (100% biodiesel).    

 

Palmyra Atoll 

  

"The Nature Conservancy is honored to work with Pacific Biodiesel" said Suzanne Case, the Conservancy's Hawaii executive director. "Using biodiesel is the first step in a multi-year plan to reduce our carbon footprint and eliminate the use of fossil fuels on Palmyra Atoll. Biodiesel in combination with a planned installation of photovoltaic panels, will provide a clean source of energy for running our research station and laboratory, as well as our kitchen and laundry facilities. It will also power heavy equipment such as our tractor and vehicle."

  

The Conservancy's research mission includes studying the coral reef that was almost destroyed in the Second World War when the military reconfigured parts of the Atolls and surrounding reef. The reef rebuilt itself into one of the most healthiest reefs in the world. The Conservancy seeks to understand how to replicate this regeneration in other struggling reefs throughout the world. Pacific Biodiesel is happy to support the Conservancy's mission with their quality renewable fuel.   

New Faces at Pacific Biodiesel
Announcing new employees and promotions

In the short three months since our last newsletter, Pacific Biodiesel is pleased to report continued growth. E komo mai (welcome) to new team members!

 

New Employees 

  • Administration - Maui offices: Kimberly Haueisen has filled a new position as Grants Director and will be overseeing all major grant projects. Formerly with the Maui Economic Development Board, Kim joins the team with a depth of knowledge in grant fund acquisitions and project management that will assist Pacific Biodiesel in continuing to improve efficiency and sustainability through research and new process technology demonstration projects.   
  • Operations - Oahu offices: Brian Leighton's mechanical expertise and knowledge with diesel motors will serve the Operations Division well in the role of Maintenance/Plant Operation Support. Brian is responsible for repair and maintenance of vehicles and other equipment on Maui, Oahu and Hawaii Island.
  • Engineering - Oregon offices: Kevin Harris joins the research and development team as Engineer/Scientist. Marshall Gibson and Jim Teichrow will work collaboratively in their new Maintenance & Fabrication Technician roles as new technologies are developed for retrofits and expansions to Pacific Biodiesel production facilities.  
  • Logistics - Kailua-Kona: As our newest Account Executive, Bill Chaul is paving the way for the new plant opening on the Big Island of Hawaii as he introduces more restaurants and hotels to Pacific Biodiesel Logistics and adds their used cooking oil and grease trap waste to Hawaii's renewable energy feedstock supply.  
  • Logistics - Oahu office: Christian Medina joins our Oahu collection service crew as a Driver/Service Representative, while Amber Long has filled the position of Customer Service Representative.       
  • Logistics - Texas: Vincent Hinson joins the Texas biodiesel operation in the role of Driver/Service Representative as production ramps up at Pacific Biodiesel Texas in Hillsboro. 
Status Changes 
  • Engineering - Oregon offices: Matt Decker and Peter Stocking take on full-time roles after previously supporting Pacific Biodiesel Technologies as contractors. Matt will be the new Project Engineer and Peter takes on the Fabrication Project Manager leadership role.
  • Operations - Maui Plant: Josh Sommer successfully completed his University of Hawaii Maui College internship and has been hired for part time plant operations while he continues his studies.
  • Logistics: Maui's Jason Bedard and Randall Fontes from Hawaii Island both transitioned from part time to full time.
Headquartered in Kahului, Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel 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 research and development division located in Salem, Oregon, has designed and built biodiesel plants from Hawaii to Maryland. 
PB 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 bmathias@biodiesel.com