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Jan 24

Below is a note from AZ BioDiesel owner Dan Rees about the federal tax incentive that expired this January. AZ BioDiesel is a local Arizona biodiesel producer that makes their fuel from 100% locally sourced waste vegetable oil.

Hi Everyone,

Az BioDiesel is still alive and producing for now without the $1 a gallon federal biodiesel tax credit.

It will hopefully be passed by Feb/March and be retroactive to Jan 1st but there are no guarantees.

For now, we (AZ BioDiesel) can afford to “weather the storm” and wait until the end of January to see if the tax credit will come back anytime soon.

Most plants around the country unfortunately, have closed or severely reduced production as they can’t weather a long wait to get the tax credit dollars.

The word is that if congress doesn’t get around to it before Feb, most of the industry will close and many may not be able to reopen. 29,000+ jobs will be lost very soon. Congress came back Jan 20th from their holiday break. Health care was still taking priority to anything else when they started.

Our industry is the victim of congress’ focus on health care and not having time to pass the biodiesel tax credit extension which helps biodiesel to be competitively priced to the already subsidized petroleum fuels.

Several senators (Dem & Rep) have sent letters to President Obama to get the extension passed quickly but, no answer yet.

Some are saying that Big Oil is behind this. The EPA was going to pass (this Feb) it’s new alt fuel standards which, for the first time, would include a national minimum requirement for 1 billion gallons of biodiesel to get the industry on its feet and growing. The EPA now is saying they may just give the 1 billion gallons to the ethanol industry to add to the minimum requirement they already have since they don’t believe the biodiesel industry can now live up to the new requirement.

Another win for Big Oil and their support of ethanol! The alternative fuel (ethanol) that isn’t a threat to the future of replacing petroleum oil.

It really concerns me that President Obama had the nerve recently to tout the $2.3 billion he gave out to create new forms of energy and add 17,000 jobs while he knows that the biodiesel industry is about to lose 29,000+ jobs and already can produce new energy but no one in congress or the white house seems to care. You’ll notice very little press about the loss of the biodiesel tax credit and it’s potential to bankrupt this industry even if they get around to passing an extension later in the year.

Please help save the biodiesel industry by going to this link and sending emails to our congressmen:

Your Help Is Needed to Reinstate the Biodiesel Tax Incentive
http://www.biodiesel.org/news/taxcredit/default.shtm

With your help, this industry can survive!!!

Thanks,
Dan Rees, AZ BioDiesel

Apr 19

FUEL is an insightful portrait of America’s addiction to oil and an uplifting testament to the immediacy of new energy solutions. Director, Josh Tickell, a young activist, shuttles us on a whirlwind journey to track the rising domination of the petrochemical industry — from Rockefeller’s strategy to halt Ford’s first ethanol cars to Vice President Cheney’s petrochemical company sponsored energy legislation — and reveals a gamut of available solutions to “repower America” — from vertical farms that occupy skyscrapers to algae facilities that turn wastewater into fuel. Tickell and a surprising array of environmentalists, policy makers, and entertainment notables take us through America’s complicated, often ignominious energy past and illuminate a hopeful, achievable future, where decentralized, sustainable living is not only possible, it’s imperative.

I saw Fuel last night and thought it was a good thought provoking film. It is an interesting look at oil and how we use it to power our world, it’s pros and cons, and what might be the future of clean renewable fuels. Although I thought it was a tad long, I’d highly recommend seeing it. Eric Johnson of Desert Biofuels has a good write up on what he thought of the film on their blog. If you are interested in sustainable biofuels check out Desert Biofuels website to learn more.

Run down to the nearest theater showing this film and check it out! If you are in Arizona the film has just been extended to show until Thursday April 30th at Harkins Camelview.

Dec 16

If you don’t already know the Tesla Motors is a California start up that has just started selling an electric battery powered sports car. They are much too expensive for the average car buyer, but hopefully the research that has gone into these will move into less expensive models someday. Tesla’s specs are pretty impressive for a electric car, it goes 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds with a top speed of 125 MPH. It also can go around 200 miles in a single charge.

Top Gear’s review is a bit mixed, but overall they seemed impressed. Pretty good considering they usually bash “eco” cars.

Dec 4

This is pretty neat, a company called Change to E85 is selling kits to allow non-flex-fuel vehicles to run on E85 ethanol. These kits are basically a small computer that tricks a car’s computer to adjust the fuel injection system for E85. This actually works and I know of a guy that has been running this in a Prius with no problems. If you have been wanting to run E85 in your vehicle, but it’s not flex-fuel you might want to check this out. The video below show how easy it is to install, you basically just have to plug it in to your fuel injector.

There’s been a lot of debate about biofuels lately, so before you swith you might want to learn more about it and decide for youself if E85 is better than gasoline.

Nov 12

Not bad for only being open for a couple weeks! If you haven’t been over there yet now is a great time to check them out.

Here’s a quote from AZ Biodiesel’s owner Dan Rees from local diesel forum sparkfree.com.

You told us…………”appointments are lame”

So………….no more appointments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is the map to our Gilbert location for you to get fuel:
http://azbiodiesel.com/contact.htm

And just to celebrate……..biodiesel now $2.50 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah!!!!!!!!! lower methanol prices allowed us to lower our price again!!!

Thanks everyone!
Dan

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