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November 17th, 2022 |  Types Releases

Neste to acquire used cooking oil collection and aggregation business from Crimson Renewable Energy in the United States to strengthen Neste’s renewable raw materials sourcing platform


Originally published by Neste

Today, we are excited to announce that Crimson Renewable Energy Holdings has entered into an agreement to sell its wholly-owned subsidiaries, SeQuential Environmental Services and Pure SQ, and their related used cooking oil collection and aggregations business and assets to Neste Corporation. Additionally, Crimson will also sell its Salem, Oregon biodiesel production and UCO processing facility to Neste.

We are very pleased that our investment in the development and continued growth of our SeQuential businesses over the past 4+ years will be continued under Neste’s ownership, especially because we see that Neste is a company that has very similar values and shares in our desire and mission of making the world a better place for future generations by providing sustainable, low-carbon transportation fuels.


October 3rd, 2022 |  Types Mentions

RV Out West Podcast Feature

Originally published by RV Out West

October is National Energy Awareness Month! Our COO, Tyson Keever is the speaker on this month’s RV Out West podcast episode. Listen in to learn about how the used cooking oil SeQuential collects is turned into ultra-low carbon biodiesel to fuel your engine.

July 15th, 2022 |  Types Mentions

Tasting Table promotes our best practices to dispose of used cooking oil

A cook pours used cooking oil into a metal container

Originally published by Tasting Table

Learn how to avoid creating “fatbergs,” keep your pipes healthy, and properly dispose of cooking oil. Thank you, Tasting Table, for mentioning our recommended best practices to ensure your at-home #cooking oil is properly disposed of after making an oil-heavy meal.

Read the full how-to here


June 30th, 2022 |  Types Mentions

Biobased Diesel Magazine | RepCat Biodiesel Plant Project Complete in Bakersfield

. Originally Published by Biobased Diesel Magazine 

Biobased Diesel Cover

We are thrilled to have made the cover of the Summer edition of Biobased Diesel Magazine! Featured is our partnership with BDI-BioEnergy International and the opening of Plant II in Bakersfield, CA. This exciting expansion is made possible by the 27,000 locations we partner with. Together, we collect millions of gallons of used cooking oil. Our plant’s cutting-edge technology is on track to remove an additional 135,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from turning food waste into fuel! We’re proud to continue serving our communities in a new way.

Read the full magazine feature

June 20th, 2022 |  Types Mentions

SeQuential & Crimson Renewable Energy turn used cooking oil into biodiesel

Originally published on ABC10

Waste into fuel

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Thank you, ABC10, for crafting this informative piece that showcases the journey of the oil we collect from our valued partners, such as the San Francisco Ferry Building’s six eateries. The restaurant owners are proud to be SeQuential customers as they can work towards the vital mission to preserve the Bay Area’s abundance. Crimson Renewable Energy Holdings, LLC turns our millions of gallons collected into cleaner-burning, ultra-low-carbon biodiesel that fuels local economies and reduces carbon impacts.

“The choices we make today shape our tomorrow.”

April 23rd, 2022 |  Types Mentions

Burgerville Focuses on Sustainability with SeQuential

Originally Posted by KGW News

KGW News Feature | Burgerville focuses on sustainability | Watch NowBurgerville sustainability

KGW News has an Earth Day series featuring the PNW fast-food favorite, Burgerville. In the clip, our bin is shown, and it is mentioned how we made it possible for them to divert over 46,000 gallons of oil and promote “cars fueled by fries.” Because of our sustainability efforts, we help our restaurant partners’ customers “eat lunch with a side of sustainability!”

Based on Burgerville’s 2021 used cooking oil gallons (46,263), this saved 411 metric tons of carbon. These savings can be shown in the equivalencies shown below.


April 14th, 2022 |  Types Mentions

Kern County Reaches a Milestone in Biodiesel Production

Originally published on ABC23

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“Crimson Renewable Energy unveiled its newly completed expansion project in southwest Bakersfield making the company the largest producer of ultra-low carbon biodiesel in the western United States.

This expansion added 13 million gallons of production capacity, which will allow the facility to produce almost 50 million gallons of ultra-low carbon biodiesel moving forward.

Kern County is a leader in oil production across the state but because of the number of pollutants in the air there was a vision to change production for the environment. Crimson Renewable Energy’s new plant looks to do just that.”


August 24th, 2020 |  Types Mentions

Renewable energy plant takes waste and creates ultra-low carbon biodiesel

Originally published on 23ABC News

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Crimson Renewable Energy is California’s largest biodiesel plant and biggest producer of ultra-low carbon biodiesel in the state. The company tells 23ABC their biodiesel is not only reducing pollution but it’s also creating jobs.

23ABC was invited to see how the lab takes waste materials such as cooking oil, from thousands of restaurants and turns it into fuel.

Congressman TJ Cox, a chemical engineer himself who was also touring the plant, said there needs to be a transition away from fossil fuels and towards more sustainable energy sources.

“When we can continue to build things like refineries, big capital investments and create those well paying jobs, those are the steps that we want to take. These types of plants and these investments are critical to meet our energy needs of the future,” said Rep. TJ Cox.

Cory Busby, who is the director of operations at Crimson Renewable Energy, said the current plant’s pollution reduction is taking approximately 33,000 cars off the road. Busby also said when the new plant opens, that number will increase.

“With the Crimson plant and the Rip Cat plant it’s like 50,000 cars off the road per year,” said Busby.

Kern County ranks number five as the most oil producing county in the entire nation. Tax records show over the last few years, six of the top ten taxpayers in Kern County are oil related companies. 23ABC asked Rep. TJ Cox how transitioning to renewable energy can impact local communities like Kern County, whose biggest industry is oil.

“We can transition to renewable fuels like this that are going to use the same type of plants, the same type of refineries, the same heat exchangers and distillation columns and the new technologies that we’re seeing. And these are all well paying jobs that are on par with other fossil fuel industries,” said Rep. TJ Cox

Ron Stein, who is an author and the founder of PTS Advance an energy staffing company, said a life without fossil fuels would mean no planes in the skies or drivers on the freeways.

“It’s not going to provide fuels. I mean our transportation system -there’s almost one and half billion vehicles in the world. The airlines the cruise ships, I mean electricity can not run those. Without transportation we have no economy,” said Stein.

According to Crimson’s website, more than half of the biofuel they produce is used nearby in the Central Valley. While the COVID-19 pandemic has left many unemployed Crimson Renewable Energy said they are hiring.

November 5th, 2019 |  Types Mentions

SeQuential plant turning more cooking oil into biodiesel than ever

Originally published in the Portland Business Journal

SeQuential, the Oregon company that collects used cooking oil and turns it into biodiesel, has boosted production capacity at its Salem plant by 30 percent. It credited a state program with helping drive increased demand.


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SeQuential Finalizes Plant Expansion, Increases Biodiesel Production Up to 12 Million Gallons Annually

SALEM, Ore., Nov. 5, 2019 – SeQuential, the longest running commercial biodiesel producer on the West Coast, announced today that it has completed an expansion to its Salem facility that increases production capabilities by 30 percent. The upgrade enables the production of 12 million gallons of low carbon biodiesel annually.


October 4th, 2019 |  Types Mentions

4 Ways Biodiesel Extends Beyond Environmentally Friendly

Originally published in School Transportation News

Biodiesel is often introduced as an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional diesel fuel. Biodiesel produces an up to an 85 percent smaller carbon footprint. With climate change concern on the rise globally, biodiesel plays a crucial role as a fuel that can be produced indefinitely, and replace other exhaustible resources, such as fossil fuels.


September 5th, 2019 |  Types Mentions

‘There’s oil in those grills!’ – Turn it from wasteful to useful

Originally published by Pizza Marketplace

When it comes to reduction of restaurant industry food waste, a lot of action has taken place and goals have been set, including just four years ago when the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency announced the first ever domestic goal to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. This past April, those two agencies joined with the Food and Drug Administration to issue the FY2019-2020 Federal Interagency Strategy with the three agencies agreeing to coordinate actions around food loss and waste awareness, research, tool development and much more. READ MORE

August 16th, 2019 |  Types Mentions

Policies Impacting Clean Fuel Use

Originally Published in School Transportation News

There are many reasons to embrace cleaner fuels. Improved emissions, less toxicity, and carbon reduction are among the numerous benefits of moving away from fossil fuel use. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), nearly 12.6 million Americans are exposed to daily toxic air pollution from active oil and gas wells to transportation and processing facilities. READ MORE

August 5th, 2019 |  Types Mentions

5 Biodiesel Benefits for School Buses

Originally published in School Bus Fleet

In 2018, Oregon announced that it will use one-quarter of the state’s $18 million in Volkswagen (VW) settlement funds to retrofit or replace old diesel school buses with new, more energy-efficient buses. Since then, many states have followed suit, including Michigan, Arizona, and Nebraska. While this is great news for select school districts within these states, what if your district isn’t one of the lucky ones to receive funding?


April 19th, 2019 |  Types Mentions

A Little Sizzle: Restaurant’s Guide to Recycling Cooking Oil

Originally published in Modern Restaurant Management
After serving up that last batch of fries, it’s time to replace the oil in the restaurant’s commercial-grade deep fryer. So, what steps can a restaurant take? READ MORE

January 31st, 2019 |  Types Mentions

Washington May Require More Climate-Friendly Motor Fuels

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.


October 22nd, 2018 |  Types Releases

Crimson Renewable Energy and SeQuential Join Forces for West Coast Biodiesel Production

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.


August 2nd, 2018 |  Types Mentions

Biodiesel Offers A Simple Switch for School District Bus Fleets

Originally published Aug. 2, 2018 in School Transportation News

By Tyson Keever

The American Lung Association states that diesel emissions are a significant source of air pollutants that account for as many as 50,000 premature deaths in the U.S. each year, and contribute to the development of conditions like asthma and lung disease. School buses are one of the largest mass transit programs in the United States, transporting more than 24 million children every day.


May 22nd, 2018 |  

DEQ: Clean Fuels Standard Cuts Nearly 1 Million Tons of Pollution

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.


May 21st, 2018 |  Types Mentions

Biodiesel Summer Conference Series kicks off June 12

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.


March 27th, 2018 |  Types Mentions

Q&A: Oregon LCFS will Help Biodiesel

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.


February 2nd, 2018 |  Types Mentions

Despite challenges, 2017 was a solid year for US biodiesel

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.


November 24th, 2017 |  Types Mentions

Should Vancouver be Betting on Biodiesel?

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.


July 27th, 2017 |  Types Mentions

Oregon’s Controversial Clean Fuels Program Revs its Engine

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.


June 22nd, 2017 |  Types Mentions

State Shouldn’t Settle for Clean Fuels Compromise

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


June 6th, 2017 |  Types Mentions

Biofuels Work for Oregon

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.


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Clean Fuels Program Pumps up Demand, Jobs at Biodiesel Maker

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.


April 14th, 2017 |  Types Mentions

Oregon’s Clean Fuels Standard: First year Successes

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.


April 9th, 2017 |  Types Mentions

Biodiesel: An Easy Step Towards Reducing Carbon Pollution

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.


March 24th, 2017 |  Types Mentions

When Clean Fuels Win, Oregon Prospers

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.


March 16th, 2017 |  Types Releases

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Certifies SeQuential Biodiesel Plant

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.


August 3rd, 2016 |  Types Mentions

SeQuential: Turning Waste into Energy

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.


May 26th, 2016 |  Types Mentions

Reducing the Impact of Fossil Fuels on Our Marine Environment

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.


September 18th, 2015 |  Types Mentions

King County Seattle Biodiesel Water Taxis

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.


May 30th, 2015 |  Types Mentions

Clean Fuels Vs. Transportation: We Don’t Have to Choose

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.


May 14th, 2015 |  Types Mentions

Clean Fuels Standoff Could Put Republicans on Thin Ice

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.


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SeQuential Biofuels Preparing for Increased Demand

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.


May 12th, 2015 |  Types Releases

SeQuential Prepares for Increased Biodiesel Demand Thanks to Oregon Clean Fuels Program

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.


March 13th, 2015 |  Types Releases

SeQuential Applauds Oregon Governor for Signing SB 324

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.