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August 24th, 2020 |  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 tell 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 plants 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 10 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 time 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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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?


January 31st, 2019 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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.