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.