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Pacific Biodiesel Newsletter
Second Quarter 2014 
In This Issue
Best Green Business
BIB Produces 1 Millionth Gallon
Tech Talk at Maalaea Harbor
Earth Day 2014
Legislative Updates
Merrie Monarch Parade
New Employees
Upcoming Events
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Best Green Business
Pacific Business News Editor's Choice Award bestowed on Pacific Biodiesel Technologies
Pacific Biodiesel's Jenna Long accepts the Editor's Choice Award for Best Green Business at the Pacific Business News event on May 7, 2014. 
I was very honored to accept the Best Green Business Award on behalf of Pacific Biodiesel. We were surprised and extremely honored to be nominated by the Blue Planet Foundation, one of Hawaii's most prominent environmental advocate organizations. Pacific Biodiesel was founded on the basic principle of recycling and all of our employees have worked hard over the years to expand the types and volumes of materials that we can reuse.  Beyond the successful recycling, our biodiesel is also beneficial to the environment, since it has much lower greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum and is biodegradable.  Because of this, we have loved making this fuel for the past 18 years and we look forward to the next decades of local, renewable fuel production.  I'd like to give a special recognition and thanks to all of our customers who use biodiesel in their vehicles and equipment, without whose ongoing support we would not have won this Best Green Business award!
~ Jenna Long, Supply Chain Manager

One Million Gallons and Beyond!
Big Island Biodiesel produces its 1 millionth gallon
Big Island Biodiesel Plant Operators hard at work, monitoring the biodiesel process.
Island Biodiesel employees made their first major milestone in June by producing the facility's one millionth gallon of renewable fuel! Operations Manager Mike Heinemann is proud of the team's accomplishments. "I am so pleased to be working with such a fantastic production team," he said. "Production Manager Tony Pastrama has assembled four outstanding production shifts which focus on quality and consistency and he is supported by the entire Big Island Biodiesel and Pacific Biodiesel staff on all three islands," Heinemann added.

As the facility continues to increase production to reach its annual 5.5 million gallon capacity next year, the team anticipates the plant will exceed the 2,500,000 million gallon mark before the end of this year.


Biodiesel Tech Talk at Maalaea Harbor
Maui marine business owners excited to sail into cleaner waters
Erik Stein, Owner of Extended Horizons operating from Mala Wharf in Lahaina, has been fueling with B100 since 2006. 
Pacific Biodiesel, Hawaii's only commercial biofuel producer hosted an information session on June 30 at the Maalaea Harbor Ferry Building to educate local charter boat business owners about the multiple benefits of switching from fossil fuel to biodiesel. Bob King, industry pioneer and founder of Pacific Biodiesel, presented technical, environmental and logistical information related to fueling with biodiesel. Among the businesses represented at the session were Pacific Whale Foundation, Maui Dive Shop and Trilogy Excursions.


Biodiesel delivery at Maalaea Harbor will allow South Maui's marine charter businesses to market their tours to the growing number of eco- and health-conscious visitors who vacation on the island each year. Boat owners already using biodiesel are also realizing reduced energy costs.  

Pacific Biodiesel's Bob King discusses the benefits of biodiesel to tour companies based in Maalaea Harbor 
Extended Horizons, operating from Mala Wharf in Lahaina (pictured above), has been fueling with B100 since 2006. Owner and long time  biodiesel supporter Erik Stein said, "Customers seek us out because consumers are now looking for businesses that are actively protecting the ocean and earth. The benefits have flowed to our bottom line as biodiesel burns cleaner than petroleum diesel, reducing our engine maintenance costs."


Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides

Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides, based in Kona, made the switch to B100 for its snorkeling cruise fleet last year. VP of Operations Alex Dant said, "We're always looking for opportunities to integrate eco-friendly initiatives throughout the Fair Wind operations. One of the biggest steps was switching to biodiesel fuel for all our snorkeling cruises. We're proud of it and our customers have been truly appreciative of such commitment to the environment!"


Interested in learning more about converting to a cleaner fleet? Please contact Beth at or call 808-877-3144.


Earth Day 2014
Pacific Biodiesel gives back to the earth by sprucing up  our Maui headquarters pump office



State and Federal Legislative Updates

While on target with its utility renewable energy goals, Hawaii remains sadly behind in its clean energy goals for transportation. Both the Hawaii State Biofuels Production Tax Credit and Biofuels Task Force bills died on the final day of Conference Committee hearings. After being postponed multiple times from earlier in the week, the Senate Ways & Means Committee and House Finance Committee failed to approve the funding for this legislation. It was a surprising and disappointing end to many months of tracking these bills and having employees, investors, local environmental organizations and concerned citizens testify multiple times. Furthermore, the intent to invest in importation of liquefied natural gas will be a huge setback for the development of renewable energy in Hawaii.


On the federal level, the Biodiesel Industry is still awaiting the reinstatement of its Federal Excise Tax credit, which has been discussed on Capitol Hill without action. Similarly, the EPA has still not acted on the Renewable Fuel Standard RVO (Renewable Volume Obligations); however, RINS have been on the rise from low levels at the end of last year. The U.S. Biodiesel Industry is cautiously optimistic and continues to produce fuel at high volumes.


A strong supporter of domestic biodiesel production, recognizing the triple bottom line it brings to rural agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke at the 2013 National Biodiesel Convention, telling the industry, "The reason you're being challenged is that you're winning!" With the goal of increasing fleet usage of biodiesel throughout the country, the USDA funded a grant program this year for biodiesel education and is expected to announce the winning proposals in the fall.  

Breathe Easy Hawaii
A celebration of sustainability and the local community at the 2014 Merrie Monarch Parade 


Pacific Biodiesel and Big Island Biodiesel were thrilled to participate in this year's Merrie Monarch Parade, an annual Hawaii Island highlight that celebrates one of the world's most prestigious hula competitions! The two companies took the opportunity to showcase different types of vehicles running on renewable, sustainable and locally produced biodiesel, including work vehicles and personal vehicles.  

"We want the community to know that we appreciate this land and the Hawaiian culture," said Pacific Biodiesel Customer Service 
Big Island Fleet Manager, Robert Richardson, gets his truck parade ready 

Representative Mae

Gauvin. All plant decorations were donated by Pacific Biodiesel and Big Island Biodiesel employees, their families and members of the community. "The team did such an outstanding job, that we are planning on being in the float competition next year," added Gauvin. "Now that we know what it takes, we are ready to take on the competition!"  


The response from parade viewers on the 1.5 mile route was incredible! The exposure generated new customer accounts and Big Island Biodiesel employees anticipate an even cleaner and greener parade next year.  

Employees Joining the Biodiesel Team
BIB, PBT and PBL welcome new faces this quarter

With the increase in shifts, new employees have joined the Big Island Biodiesel team, along with several new faces for Pacific Biodiesel Logistics and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies.

Big Island Biodiesel:
Phillip Prieto - Shipping & Receiving Operator, Keaau

Pacific Biodiesel Logistics:
Nolan Correa - Driver/Service Technician, Keaau
Damien Mattos - Driver/Service Technician, Keaau

Pacific Biodiesel Technologies:
Kathleen Wyner - Accounts Payable, Maui

Upcoming Events
Learn more about biodiesel at these upcoming events! 

Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Food Service Expo - Oahu
July 9 - 10, 2014, 10am-5pm, Neal Blaisdell Center
Visit us at Booth 519! For more info, click HERE 

ThinkTech with Jay Fidell - National
July 14, 2014, 3pm
Pacific Biodiesel's Kelly King and Jenna Long will discuss sustainable biodiesel for Hawaii's clean energy goals.

Maui Hemp Workshop - Kahului
August 9, 2014, 9am - 4:40pm, University of Hawaii, Maui College
Sponsored by the Sustainble BIodiesel Alliance, the Maui Hemp Workshop will focus on the current efforts to legalize hemp across the country, the potential for a hemp industry on Maui and other Hawaiian Islands and the benefits of hemp products and what stands in our way of producing them locally. To Register, Donate or Sponsor, click HERE 

Hawaii Transportation Association Conference - Oahu
September 10 - 12, 2014, Waikiki Beach Marriott
Learn what's new for Hawaii's Transportation Industry, with information sessions, presentations, expo and more! For more info, click HERE

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.
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