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National Biodiesel Board Visits Utah

Jul 02, 2014
Recognizes Utah Opportunities, Innovation and WRE Biodiesel Production

For Immediate Release

SALT LAKE CITY – July 1, 2014 National Biodiesel Board (NBB) representatives including CEO Joe Jobe, visited with Utah’s largest biodiesel producer, Washakie Renewable Energy (WRE), and the Governor’s Office of Energy Development last Thursday. Discussions centered on policies and opportunities that will encourage Utah to continue pioneering biodiesel production in the Intermountain West.

“Utah is in a very unique position to explore groundbreaking studies that will be used for biodiesel production – it’s very exciting, and could have international implications,” said NBB CEO Joe Jobe.

Spurring the trip for NBB was a visit with longtime colleague and friend, Dallas Hanks, who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer last week. Hanks was the founder of USU’s Center for Agronomic and Woody Biofuels where he spearheaded many operations and projects to use untillable land to grow biofuel feedstock plants. During the visit, a memorial fund was set up in Dallas’s name to support the Next Generation Scientists program and help carry on Dallas’s vision (www.biodieselfoundation.org).

“Dallas was a brilliant scientist, educator, humanitarian, entrepreneur, spirited lover of life, and a certified good dude” said Jobe. “He was a huge contributor to NBB’s Next Generation Scientists program… and we were fortunate to spend some time together before he passed.”

Hanks’ vision of using untillable land for biofuel feedstock production could be realized by the seed crush plant WRE is constructing in Northern Utah. “Our crusher will be set up to initially run on soy beans and canola seeds, but we want to utilize Utah feedstock options as much as possible,” commented Jacob Kingston, CEO of WRE. “The crush plant will be a big deal for Utah agriculture, especially since the crushed residue can be used by farmers for feedstock for their animals.”

WRE is teaming up with several different organizations and education centers to advance biodiesel production in Utah. Kingston added, “Utah is already a leader in the nation in many categories like high quality of life and top places to do business – why not add biodiesel production to that list? We really are excited about what we do, and the economic, environmental, and agricultural benefits we can provide the state – not to mention the technological advancements being discovered. It’s an exciting time.”

Both Jobe and Kingston are optimistic that support will continue for biodiesel production in Utah. This last legislative session, lawmakers passed a post-production incentive that is helpful to the biodiesel industry in Utah, and WRE anticipates further support as the company expands.

 

About The National Biodiesel Board

The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing America's first Advanced Biofuel. The group works to create sustainable biodiesel industry growth through education, communication, governmental affairs, technical and quality assurance programs. Serving as the coordinating body for research and development in the US the National Biodiesel Board is comprised of state, national, and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, biodiesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.

About Washakie Renewable Energy®

Washakie Renewable Energy is a privately held biofuel development company that is focused on producing clean-burning fuel from renewable resources, creating jobs that support our economy, partnering with local farmers, and reducing U.S. dependence on oil. We are committed to improving our environment through conscientious management of feedstock that can be replenished through farming and recycling. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Washakie Renewable Energy is the largest producer of biodiesel in the Intermountain West.

Washakie Renewable Energy and WRE are U.S. registered trademarks owned by Washakie Holdings, LLC.

Contact:

Jeff Peterson
Public and Government Affairs WRE®
3950 South 700 East, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT  84107
801-885-6494
jeff.peterson@wrebiofuels.com

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