The Oregon Clean Fuels Standard was launched to help meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, to diversify and grow the state’s economy through the manufacture and distribution of clean fuels, to stabilize volatility in fuel prices, and to provide more fuel choices for consumers and businesses. How is the program working? Check out this recent interview with SeQuential co-founder, Ian Hill, in Argus Media. In it, he discusses how Clean Fuels programs in California and Oregon are helping alternative fuel providers thrive:
San Francisco, 26 March (Argus) — Ian Hill is a co-founder of SeQuential, an Oregon biodiesel producer. In this interview, edited for length and clarity, Hill discusses the importance of Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard to his business and the changes he hopes to see in the program this year.
Tell me about SeQuential.
SeQuential is the west coast’s longest-running commercial biodiesel producer. We have a production facility in Salem, Oregon. We are also a used-cooking oil collection company. We operate in five states on the west coast. We also market and sell biodiesel directly to end users and to retailers here in Oregon. We have our product at approximately 90 locations in Oregon that are selling B20 or higher blends.
How important are the California and Oregon low-carbon fuel standards (LCFS) to your business?
We are big supporters and big fans of the high-level concept. We think it is the right way to go. It is really good, strong policy.
At this point, we do not move a tremendous amount of fuel into California because we have a pretty active market here in Oregon and because we are able to get product to the retail customer.
The Oregon Clean Fuels Program has the potential to be quite impactful and important to our business, specifically and potentially in the development of other renewable fuels, in particular renewable natural gas. We are very excited about the opportunity there and expect to see some pretty significant development in that area in Oregon.