Fall 2011 Newsletter

First let us start by saying THANK YOU to all the supporters of Blue Ridge Biofuels. We are proud to be your community fuel provider and we are having our best year yet! This year’s success is largely due to the strong commitment of the people of Asheville and Western North Carolina to the environment and our local economy. Thanks to our loyal customers and great restaurant clients, we were able to continue producing fuel in 2010 despite the lapse in the Biodiesel Blenders Tax Credit. In 2010, we saw the majority of the biodiesel producers in this country shut their doors, but not us. When the tax credit was reinstated in 2011, we received enough funds from the IRS to pay off some debt that was in danger of getting out of hand, make necessary upgrades to our processing capabilities, and hire new staff members. We are now making more fuel than ever, and we are committed to using only waste cooking oil as our feedstock. That makes our biodiesel the most sustainable fuel available. Last month, we set a new record for biodiesel production: 30,000 gallons of biodiesel produced and every gallon was produced and sold here in Western North Carolina.

Unfortunately, the tax credit is set to expire again at the end of 2011, further destabilizing the alternative fuels industry in the US. Please visit the National Biodiesel Board’s Legislative Action Center to see what you can do to help the biodiesel industry and Blue Ridge Biofuels. Your efforts really do make a difference!

We are proud to introduce the Cooking Oil Recycling Program

You can now recycle your used cooking oil in Western North Carolina! The Cooking Oil Recycling Program is a pilot project funded by the Biofuels Center of North Carolina and is the only program of its kind in the country. The Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County, in collaboration with Blue Ridge Biofuels and Green Opportunities, is working to keep used cooking oils and greases out of the sewers and landfill and divert them into biodiesel production to be sold back to the community as clean, renewable fuel. For more information visit: www.cookingoilrecycling.org or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/cookingoilrecycling

Please Join Us at EvolveEnergy Mon Oct 17th

Western North Carolina’s rapidly growing clean energy industry has joined with business and community leaders to form the EvolveEnergy Partnership. Please join us as we showcase the findings of this economic development plan and launch the EvolveEnergy Partnership. This event starts at 4pm and is free but registration is required. For more information, visit EvolveEnergy.

BioHeat Season is Here!

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and it’s time to fill up your tank with BioHeat! BioHeat can be used in any oil furnace without modifications and is the same price as conventional heating oil. It is better for the environment, better for your furnace, and helps support the local economy. Visit the BioHeat section of our website for more information. To place an order call 828-253-1034 ext. 1. Remember to schedule your annual furnace tune up by calling our friends at Affordable Furnace Service. They specialize in BioHeat furnaces and have the best rates in town. You can reach them at 828-254-3141.

Restaurant Oil Collection

Our used cooking oil collection service is the backbone of our business. If you know of a restaurant or kitchen we should contact, let Manny Melendez, our new Feedstock Manager, know by emailing him at manny@blueridgebiofuels.com or calling 828-253-1034 ext 3. If we sign up a new client referred to us by you, we will send you a $50 gift certificate to that restaurant!

Until Next Time…

Thank you again to all our supporters. We are moving forward and having fun while we do it. The future is looking bright as we move towards a more sustainable future. This year has been great for BRB and will continue to get better.

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