North Carolina Biodiesel Trade Group Launched

North Carolina biodiesel pioneers, including industry leaders, community college
representatives and workforce development experts, have formed a trade
association to promote increased use and production of biodiesel fuels in North
Carolina.

The group, known as the North Carolina Biodiesel Association
(NCBA), hopes to involve all stakeholders interested in the development and
growth of the North Carolina biodiesel industry sector. As a non-profit
membership organization, NCBA seeks to represent the business interests of the
biodiesel industry, including producers, distributors, and retailers. Other service
providers to the industry, such as engineers, consultants, contractors, law firms,
and financers, educators, as well as other supporters and allies who are directly
involved in the biodiesel industry will be included in the NCBA.

The founding Board of the Association includes Randy Dellinger, Foothills Bio-
Energies, Tommy Evans, Evans Environmental Energies, Leif Forer, Piedmont
Biofuels, Larry Sullivan, Kreido Biofuels, and Brian Winslett, Blue Ridge Biofuels.
“Now that we are established we are inviting producers, suppliers and members
of the public to join us in unleashing the power of the biodiesel here in North
Carolina,” said Association member Leif Forer of Piedmont Biofuels.

Forer went on to say, “We believe that we can support North Carolina’s
achievement of improved air quality and energy independence while enabling
refiners to sustain reasonable economic returns and support local economic
development.”

Founding Member Rachel Burton said that “We see that many of our industry’s
interests are directly aligned with those of North Carolina’s farming community
and other raw material suppliers. We look forward to working on common issues
with our allied industries.”

“Our goal is to serve as the voice of the industry, representing the State’s
biodiesel sector in government relations in Raleigh and beyond, said Board Member Randy Dellinger of Foothills Bio-Energies. “We hope to continue to
educate the public about the value of biodiesel fuels in promoting energy
independence, enhancing local economies, improving air quality and reducing
our collective impact on climate changes.”

Biodiesel is the fastest growing alternative fuel in the US market with production
having tripled between 2005 and 2006, from 75 million gallons to about 250
million gallons. It is renewable, biodegradable, and nontoxic. Biodiesel
significantly cuts life cycle carbon dioxide and other harmful environmental
emissions, including carbon monoxide, sulfur, and aromatics. It can be made
from recycled cooking greases and any vegetable oil or animal fat, can run in any
diesel engine with little or no modification, and is compatible with the existing
petroleum distribution infrastructure.

NCBA offers memberships to biodiesel producers, marketers, and distributors as
well as to companies and individuals who support the industry. The North
Carolina Biodiesel Association is developing a website. In the
meantime, interested parties should contact Paul Knott at 828-254-1921, x5844
or knottp@ncbionetwork.org.

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4 Responses to North Carolina Biodiesel Trade Group Launched

  1. Bailey Koch says:

    Please send more info.
    137 Hidden Falls Dr Wilkesboro, NC 28697
    thanks

  2. Leif says:

    Bailey, I can email you a membership form. My address is leif@biofuels.coop

  3. Sahm Sullivan Gormley says:

    I am a Salem College student in the Not For Profit Buisness Mangement program. I have recently become intrested in the world of biodiesel and need more information on programs, operating companies in the Piedmont area and anything anyone would like to offer a “newbie”. Biodiesel , from all the information I have read so far, seems to be the way to go.
    Thanks :)

  4. Leif says:

    Sahm, we have some very handy biodiesel resources in the education section of our website.

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