March 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Blue Ridge Biofuels,

With spring in the air, we achieved an amazing milestone this month by having sold ONE MILLION GALLONS of biodiesel since we opened in 2005! What seemed impossible only a few years ago is now breathing new life into our local economy. 2011 was our best year yet and 2012 is proving to be a success as well and it could never have happened without your support and belief in the value of local, renewable energy.

One of the great things about growing and adding new staff is that we get to participate in more community events and support others in our local green economy. Check out the event list at the end of the newsletter and like us on Facebook to see what we’re up to. Woody Eaton, one of our founders, was invited to speak at several conferences recently, including the BioEnergy Symposium in Charlotte and the Organic Growers’ School Conference at UNC-Asheville. We made new friends with several local farmers and we received an incredible amount of positive feedback from community members who attended.

The Cooking Oil Recycling Program placed its 15th bin at the ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters at 1329 Tunnel Rd in East Asheville, putting us one step closer to our goal of 35 public bins! If you have any requests on where to place our next bins, contact Info@CookingOilRecycling.org. We want to know where our community needs this new recycling service the most.

Our team member and acrobat extraordinaire Kymber Owens is updating our Diesel Vehicle Guide for our website. If you have any experience running biodiesel in your car, truck, or off-road equipment, please click here to email her. Again, we need your feedback and input to create this resources. That’s what being a community fuel provider is all about! And make sure you check out the Runaway Circus this weekend if you haven’t already.

Thank you for your support.
We would not be here without you.

Melita Kyriakou, Business Administrator

1,000,000 Gallons of Pure Biodiesel Sold as BRB Continues to Grow

On Friday, March 9, 2012, Blue Ridge Biofuels sold its one-millionth gallon of B99 biodiesel. That means 1,000,000 gallons of petroleum diesel not consumed in North Carolina and over 8,700 tons of carbon dioxide kept out of our atmosphere. In 2011, we reached a record annual production level of 250,000 gallons of B99 and we are on track to double that this year. We have been purchasing new equipment that is opening up bottle-necks in our production process which makes the production plant more efficient. This has allowed us to keep our prices low even without the federal tax credit.

Despite the imbalances in the subsidies granted to the petroleum industry compared to the biodiesel industry, the biodiesel industry is growing in the US and biodiesel is, on average, less expensive than petroleum diesel. Blue Ridge Biofuels’ fuel is typically priced 5-10 cents less per gallon than diesel fuel and is produced exclusively from waste cooking oils.

As some of you may know, the biodiesel tax credit amendment failed this month in the Senate (again – wah waaah). We are disappointed in our national leaders’ lack of support for an alternative fuel economy and still need you to contact your representatives and urge them to reconsider the biodiesel tax credit and to support the EPA Renewable Fuel Program. Visit the National Biodiesel Board’s Fueling Action Center to learn how.

Even without the federal tax credit, our company is stronger than we have ever been and we have a lot to look forward to this year. Our growth has also allowed us to create additional, Living-Wage Certified jobs and we now have a staff of 11. Creating meaningful, rewarding jobs is a goal we have set for ourselves and we plan on adding 1-2 new jobs in the coming months.

Our growth in 2011 and into 2012 has allowed us to develop collaborative projects like the public Cooking Oil Recycling Program, the Clean Tech Concept Lab at AB Tech’s Global Institute for Sustainable Technologies, and the F3 Project. These are the types of green-economy boosting initiatives we want to join and see thrive.

Growing the Appalachian Food Economy: A Forum on Local Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture

To help expand local economic development, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is hosting a forum on local food systems and sustainable agriculture. This is an opportunity for community leaders to share ideas on how to cooperatively build local wealth and resources in Appalachian communities. Join us Tues., April 3 and Wed., April 4 at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Asheville with scheduled area tours and site visits including a presentation by Woody Eaton of Blue Ridge Biofuels.

To learn more or register, visit the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Oil Collection Services Expand into Boone and the Upstate of South Carolina

We welcome some of our newest Oil Collection Clients:
Black Cat Burrito – Boone, NC
Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar – Boone, NC
Makoto’s Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar – Boone, NC
Casa Rustica – Boone, NC
Macado’s – Boone, NC
Glen Cannon Country Club – Pisgah Forest, NC
Nose Dive – Greenville, SC
The Lazy Goat – Greenville, SC
Soby’s New South Cuisine – Greenville, SC
Smoke on the Water – Greenville, SC
Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine – Greenville, SC

Restaurant Appreciation Night at Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company

Join us Thurs, April 26th from 7-9pm at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company at 675 Merrimon Ave. in North Asheville. The Brew & View was one of our first oil collection clients and have been with us since the beginning. We would like to thank them by inviting you to party with us! The owners have also supported the Cooking Oil Recycling Program with a bin in the parking lot behind their building. Join the folks who make BRB happen with pizza, beer, and games and we’ll answer all those questions about biodiesel you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

Testimonial from Navitat Canopy Adventures – Squirrels Like Biodiesel, too!

“Currently, we operate four vehicles that use B20 and we plan on switching to B50 this summer. When we started out we knew we wanted to use biodiesel to power our vehicles but we had no idea how to get it let alone setup a storage tank or how to prep the vehicles. Melita was extremely helpful. From the beginning she was easy to work with and completely willing to answer our seemingly endless and most likely repetitive questions. She was very patient and we felt like she went above and beyond to offer us services. If we have any questions or concerns I know that Blue Ridge Biofuels will be there to help us out. We will continue to use Blue Ridge Biofuels in the future because I can’t imagine better quality and service.”

~ Dylan Burt, Navitat Canopy Adventures

Upcoming Events: Please join Blue Ridge Biofuels in supporting the Local Green Economy!

Green Building Directory Release Party
Wed., March 28 from 5:30-7pm
Pack Place, 2 South Pack Square, Downtown Asheville

ASAP’s Community Supported Agriculture Fair – Asheville
Thurs., March 29 from 3-6pm
Grove Arcade main level, 1 Page Avenue, Asheville

ASAP’s Community Supported Agriculture Fair – Boone
Sat., April 3 from 4-6pm
Hob Nob Farm Café, 506 West King St., Boone

Growing the Appalachian Food Economy: A Forum on Local Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture
Tues. April 3 – Wed., Apr. 4
Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St, Downtown Asheville

Mountain Science Expo 2012: From Beakers to Backyards
Sat., April 14 from 1-4pm
NC Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville

Join us for an afternoon packed full of science and fun for the whole family and see a presentation by Eric Schneider, BRB Production Team Member, on Biodiesel 101.

WNC Culinary Expo presented by Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR)
Mon., April 16 from 8:30am-3pm
The Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St. Downtown Asheville

Come meet our wonderful Client Reps and learn about our oil collection services

Restaurant Appreciation Night at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company
Thurs., April 26 from 7-9pm
675 Merrimon Ave, North Asheville

Cooking Oil Recycling Program Spring Event
Sat., April 28 from 2-4pm
Trout Lily Market, 1297 Charlotte Hwy, Fairview

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