Winter 2011 Newsletter

To Our Amazing Customers and Clients,

Before we go into this season’s updates, I would first like to take this moment to thank you all for your loyal support and confidence in us as your dedicated alternative fuel provider. We have made tremendous strides in the quantity of both used cooking oil collected and processed biodiesel sold to customers throughout Western North Carolina. If you know of someone who has thought of using biodiesel but hasn’t become one of our customers yet, please urge them to contact us at (828) 253-1034.

This has been a very exciting year for Blue Ridge Biofuels! We have expanded our oil collection services into the Upstate of South Carolina, purchased new equipment to increase our production capabilities, and added new staff members at certified living wages.

We’re quickly approaching a huge milestone – one million gallons of 100% biodiesel sold! This is thanks to YOU – our loyal supporters.

We would like to offer recognition to our newest oil collection clients for helping us reach a greater level of production:

~ Ruth’s Chris’ Steakhouse and El Que Pasa in Asheville

~ Depot Diner and Square 1 Cafe in Hendersonville

~ Saffron and Grille 33 in Greenville, SC

~ The Steakhouse and Smokey Que’s in Marion

~ Hurley’s Creekside in Maggie Valley

~ Cafe 50 and Thai Spice in Waynesville

~ Mountain Magnolia Inn in Hot Springs

Please visit these wonderful restaurants and tell them you support biodiesel and cooking oil recycling. Contrary to popular belief, the competition for used cooking oil is fierce and we pride ourselves on providing the best service and paying the most to our clients for their oil.

To help spread the word about biodiesel we have hired Thom Ransom as our marketing specialist. He will be representing Blue Ridge Biofuels online through our Facebook page, website, and with the media. His main goal for after the New Year will be to get non-users accustomed to the idea of using biodiesel as an alternative to petro-diesel. If you would like to offer a comment, kind word, or anecdote about your involvement with biodiesel and Blue Ridge Biofuels, please contact him at Thom@BlueRidgeBiofuels.com.

Yours Truly,

Melita Kyriakou, Business Administrator & Partner

All I Want for Christmas… is a $1 Per Gallon Tax Credit

Despite a growing interest in second generation non-food feedstocks (materials used to produce biofuel), we are still having trouble getting the biodiesel tax credit extended beyond 2011. Costs remain high on soybean oil, the most common biodiesel feedstock, making used cooking oil still the most economical and sustainable choice.

Compare tax credits for biodiesel to credits for petroleum: the US federal tax code shows subsidies available at every stage of oil production from exploration to extraction. On any given year, there are roughly a half-dozen tax exemptions for oil and gas and an additional $200 million a year for coal. There is bipartisan support for domestically-produced fuel. Yet currently the $1 per gallon federal tax credit is the only substantial credit or subsidy the biodiesel industry receives from the federal government (compared to the billions received by the petroleum industry) and allows us to keep our prices – for now – below that of petroleum. It is our hope that our representatives will see biodiesel as the most effective tool in creating fuel security and in displacing foreign petroleum with a locally-made product.

To make this happen, we request that you take 3 simple steps:

  1. Call: Richard Burr (202) 224-3154, Kay Hagan (202) 224-6342, AND Heath Shuler (202) 225-6401
  2. Ask: “Are you familiar with the Biodiesel Blenders Tax Credit set to expire at the end of the year?”
  3. Say: “I want Western North Carolina running on biodiesel. Please vote to extend the Biodiesel Tax Credit.”

For more information, visit the National Biodiesel Board’s Legislative Action Center to see what else you can do to help the biodiesel industry and Blue Ridge Biofuels. Your efforts really do make a difference!

“Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat”

For those who are new to biodiesel, Bioheat is a blend of biodiesel and petroleum heating oil that burns cleaners, is better for your furnace, and costs less than conventional #2 heating oil. Absolutely no modifications or retrofits to your oil furnace are necessary to use Bioheat.

Our office is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday and we provide quick turnaround once you place your order. Call (828) 253-1034 ext. 1 for our current price. You can visit our Bioheat page on our website for more information. Mention this newsletter and get $10 off your next order of Bioheat.

Cooking Oil Recycling Program – Our New Year’s Wish

We have broken ground on an exciting new Cooking Oil Recycling Program for residents of Asheville, Buncombe County, and greater WNC. This is a new recycling service offered to area residents and a way for anyone to be able to participate in the local fuel economy. Through the COR Program, we hope to generate new interest in using locally-sourced feedstock in pursuit of the “triple bottom line” (See Mountain Xpress article “Planting a Seed,” by Max Cooper). Show your support by liking the COR Program Facebook Page and by recycling your oil – bin locations are listed on the COR Program website and more are coming soon. We would like to specially thank Buncombe County Department of Solid Waste for their support of the program, as well as our long-term supporter Self Help Credit Union for housing our next used cooking oil recycling bin being placed in January.

Once more, thank you all for the growing support, and we look forward to hearing from you in the New Year. Look for us in the news: Mountain Xpress, Asheville Citizen-Times, 880 The Revolution, and Mix 96.5. Finally, visit us on Facebook to see what we’ve been up to.

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