Originally published Jan. 31, 2019 by Investigate West
TUKWILA — On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, Chad Peters is picking up oil from the Din Tai Fung restaurant at Southcenter Mall.
The SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel vacuum truck driver wears his long, salt-and-pepper hair in a ponytail to keep it out of the way as he wheels one of the restaurant’s two plastic oil collection vats out into the chilly, spitting rain.
“You should eat here. They’ve got good oil,” he says to SeQuential Marketing Manager Rachel Shaver. “That’s how I choose what restaurants to eat at — the quality of the oil. I can tell whether the oil is reused or not. This is good oil. Hasn’t been reused.”
Peters isn’t thinking much about what is going on an hour’s drive south at the Legislature in Olympia — but his bosses are.
Bakersfield, Calif and Portland, Ore (October 22, 2018) – Crimson Renewable Energy LP (Crimson) announced that it has acquired SeQuential, a vertically integrated producer of biodiesel made from used cooking oil headquartered in Portland, Ore. The purchase will enable continued growth and availability of local, ultra-low carbon biodiesel across the West Coast.
Originally published May 21, 3018 by KTVZ News
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s groundbreaking Clean Fuels Standard kept 929,105 tons of climate pollution from transportation out of the air in 2017, according to new calculations from the Department of Environmental Quality.
In its first two years, the Clean Fuels Standard reduced climate pollution by more than 1.7 million tons, the equivalent of taking nearly 365,000 cars off the road for an entire year, a news release Monday from the coalition Renew Oregon stated.
Originally published May 21st, 2018 by Biodiesel Magazine
As music venues across the nation gear up for their summer concert series, the biodiesel industry is paving new territory with its summer conference series—“Exploring Biodiesel” (XBX). For the first time, the National Biodiesel Board, with funding from the Nebraska Soybean Board and Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, is taking biodiesel on a cross-country tour for a series of one-day workshops from coast to coast and points in between.
The XBX regional seminars are one-day programs designed to educate fuel wholesalers, distributors, retailers, marketers, fleets, and municipalities on the current benefits and opportunities surrounding biodiesel. Biodiesel Magazinehas been given a sneak peek at the preliminary agenda. The overview is comprehensive, holistic and thorough, with an ability to appeal to biodiesel newcomers and industry veterans alike.
originally posted March 27th, by Argus Media
San Francisco, 26 March (Argus) — Ian Hill is a co-founder of SeQuential, an Oregon biodiesel producer. In this interview, edited for length and clarity, Hill discusses the importance of Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard to his business and the changes he hopes to see in the program this year.
Originally posted Feb. 1 2018, by Biodiesel Magazine.
In terms of the U.S. market for biodiesel, 2017 was not a record-breaking year, as was 2016, but it was also not a bad year for production and demand either, particularly considering that the industry faced numerous challenges.
“It was a record biodiesel production year for SeQuential,” Tyson Keever, CEO of SeQuential, told Biodiesel Magazine.
Originally posted Nov. 24th by The Columbian
With the earnestness of a missionary, Peter Brown will proselytize about the eco-friendliness of biodiesel and methane digesters — or extol their virtues with the already converted. In his mind, Vancouver could be to the green-energy movement what the San Francisco Bay Area was to the digital revolution, if only people would see the vision and take it seriously.
“If you look at Silicon Valley, when they started they had a semiconductor — a soldered piece of silicon on a piece of plastic. Now look at how far they’ve taken that stuff,” he said. “I don’t think we know how far the renewable fuels world can go.”
Brown thinks Vancouver is the right place on the right coast in the right moment in time to push biodiesel forward. He’s got an ambitious plan to buy fuel crops from farmers in the Columbia River Basin, convert them into biodiesel at a facility in Vancouver and then put the fuel on the market — but he needs the right people to buy in.
Originally Posted July 26th by Portland Business Journal
Brandon West turned a valve, sending a stream of brown, murky fluid from a several-thousand-gallon receiving tank into a half-gallon jar on a sunny summer day in Salem.
“This is what we start with, UCO,” the SeQuential shift supervisor said.
That’s used cooking oil; this year, more than 8 million gallons of the unappetizing stuff will be trucked into SeQuential’s plant, from the likes of Burgerville and Kettle Brand and thousands of other fryers of food, in a collection network that stretches from Washington — Safeco Field is a contributor — down to the Bay Area. A remarkably high percentage of the UCO will become biodiesel, a fuel with less than one-fifth the greenhouse-gas emissions of standard diesel.
Originally posted on June 19th, 2017 by Ian Hill for The Register-Guard
Oregon’s Clean Fuels Standard is helping local businesses and reducing air pollution. This innovative, market-based program is helping businesses like ours — an Oregon biodiesel producer with a presence throughout the West Coast — compete on a level playing field, hire more employees and contribute to our communities.
From management, logistics and support staff in our office in Portland to our retail station in Eugene, from our processing plant in Salem to our newest truck drivers in White City, the Clean Fuels Standard has enabled us to grow our business footprint in Oregon by 150 employees
Originally posted June 6, 2017 by Capital Press
With all the hype surrounding the oil boom, it’s tempting to pretend that America is on a glide path toward energy independence.
Unfortunately, even as fracking reached new heights, America’s total domestic crude oil production declined in 2016. According to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, that lost domestic energy production was quickly replaced by rising imports from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), with Iraq leading the pack as the fastest growing source of America’s imported oil.
Originally published June 6, 2017 by Portland Tribune
Oregon’s controversial Clean Fuels Program is fueling growth at the state’s only biodiesel manufacturer.
SeQuential, which is based in Portland and operates a biodiesel production facility in Salem, hired 100 new employees since the legislation took effect in January 2016. That brings the company to about 250 employees.
It’s a labor-intensive business creating biodiesel from used cooking oil, says company co-founder and CEO Tyson Keever.
Originally published April 14th, 2017 by Oregon Environmental Council
Transportation is a leading source of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions – cars, trucks & buses are responsible for nearly 40% of our state’s climate pollution. So when it comes to taking responsibility for our part in contributing to climate change, changes to transportation is, naturally, where we can make a big difference.
That’s why the Clean Fuels Standard is so critical. There are three ways to reduce transportation climate pollution: cleaner cars, cleaner fuels, and fewer vehicle miles traveled (walking, biking and using transit more). We need all three for a stable climate and healthy communities.
Originally Published April 9, 2017 by Clean Fuels Work
The desire to commit to a low-carbon vehicle may be sincere, but when it comes time to make a purchase, that desire may be outweighed by the financial reality of adopting new technology.
The sometimes-limited availability of non-petroleum fuels can be a barrier. But biodiesel – a renewable, non-toxic alternative to traditional petroleum diesel – can provide a simple, affordable option for diesel engine users.
Originally published March 24, 2017 by Clean Fuels Work
Good news in the environmental world can feel hard to come by these days. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we elevate and celebrate local success stories. SeQuential Biofuels is one of those local stories that is definitely worth celebrating.
Audit Confirms Plant’s Commitment to Sustainably Produced Renewable Fuel
Salem, OR – March 16, 2017 – The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has announced the certification of SeQuential, the longest-running commercial biodiesel producer on the west coast, for its innovative and nearly zero-waste production of renewable fuel.
Originally Published August 3, 2016 by Oregon Department of Energy
In 2002, Ian Hill was on a college road trip when his car broke down. Looking at the cloud of black smoke billowing from his engine, Ian decided there must be a better, cleaner way to travel. He and his friend, Tyson Keever, started researching biofuels as students at the University of Oregon. Nearly 15 years later, the Oregon business they founded – SeQuential – is thriving.
Originally published May 26, 2016 by King County Water Taxi
There is a reason for the faint whiff of fried chicken or french fries while waiting to board the Water Taxi. It’s not from the ship’s galley. It comes from the used cooking oil mixed in the fuel.
Originally published Sept. 18, 2015 in Fleets & Fuels
Seattle-area King County has deployed two new 104-foot water taxis and will operate them on B10 biodiesel from local sources.
Originally published May 30, 2015 in the Eugene Register Guard
After years of hard work and public process, in March Oregon took a big step forward in the transition to a clean energy economy. In passing Senate Bill 324, the state’s Clean Fuels Program can proceed as devised by the state’s elected leaders and supported by its voters — if politics can be set aside.
Originally published by the Portland Business Journal
A demand by Oregon Republicans that the state repeal the Low Carbon Fuel Standard program before they’ll consider a popular transportation package could put the minority party on thin ice with supporters of both issues.
Originally published by KLCC Eugene
Over the next few years, more trucks in Oregon may be running on the waste from yesterday’s burgers. Oregon-based SeQuential Biofuels has upgraded its equipment and added jobs, to prepare for a growing market.
Eugene, ORE, – May 12th, 2015 – Local biodiesel manufacturer SeQuential today announced it has ramped up operations in anticipation of growing demand for cleaner burning fuel. The company has upgraded equipment and added operators to enable its plant to produce more biodiesel each month. With these changes, SeQuential expects it can grow production by as much as 20% in 2015. The company has also installed a blending rack to allow customers using biodiesel blends to mix their product onsite. These developments come on the heels of Governor Kate Brown’s signing of SB 324, which fully implements the Oregon Clean Fuels Program.
Salem, OR – March 13, 2015 – Governor Kate Brown announced yesterday that she has signed SB 324, which removes the sunset on the Oregon Clean Fuels Program. As Oregon’s largest and longest-running biodiesel producer, employing more than 30 Oregonians, SeQuential applauds the governor’s action.