Tough times, recognition, and upcoming events

First, I’d like to thank everyone reading this for supporting us. I recently made the switch from a somewhat stale messageboard over to this blog. I took the liberty of subscribing everyone to the blog that was on the site, so if you’re getting this with no idea why, feel free to unsubscribe. I apologize for duplicate subscription notifications, but now I’ve got all the bugs worked out. Going forward, I would expect a message a week at most, probably more like once a month. If you’d prefer to get updates via RSS or other method, go to the blog and choose that method.

BIODIESEL UPDATE:

For the second week, we are struggling to find adequate supply of B100 to support our Austin customers. We are completing a major expansion of our operation, and are practically crippled due to lack of biodiesel availability. We hope to have a small load delivered on Monday, and will be making an announcement of our new locations at that time. We hope the new load will be at the same price as before, but are bracing ourselves for upward pricing trends. This is a complex subject that we get lots of calls and emails about. There’s no 5 minute answer, but know that we are working every day to bring you the best quality biodiesel at the most competitive price. While we may not stay at or below the price of diesel forever, we will always provide you a product that you can feel good about using, and is good for your car or truck.

Lucky for us, we chose a somewhat challenging path early on – concurrent with our biodiesel sales, we are collecting used cooking oil from local restaurants. This biodiesel feedstock will prove to be the foundation for our business, and although the biodiesel industry as a whole is doing poorly right now, the large feedstock providers are thriving (think OPEC, but on a smaller scale). We always have plenty of filtered WVO for sale, and are working to produce enough to be turned into biodiesel for our customers.  We offer a $50 bounty for anyone who gets us a new restaurant source! We have promotional materials online at http://www.dieselgreenfuels.com/prospectus.pdf.

RECOGNITION:

Check out this month’s Austin Monthly magazine – we are featured on the table of contents, and in a full article! We saved a pdf of it at http://www.dieselgreenfuels.com/AMM.pdf.

We were also profiled in the Austin Chronicle last week for our position against TCEQ regarding the use of B99.99 biodiesel. I would never guess I would be at odds with a governmental environmental agency – but they are being unreasonable and regulating our industry in a manner that hurts the economy and ultimately has the opposite environmental effect of what they’re supposed to be doing. Read all about it here.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

In two weeks, join us at the Austin Convention Center for our second year at the Austin Green Living Show. We’ll have a booth set up, talking to the public about biodiesel and waste vegetable oil, and I’ll be doing a 30 minute presentation on Sunday at 3PM about biodiesel and veggie oil as fuels.

Every Tuesday night, we have our Open House at our warehouse, 5217 Cesar Chavez St. We invite the public to come out and see what we do, ask all those burning questions about renewable fuels, and see cars that have been converted to run on vegetable oil.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

As the market for biodiesel grows, we are getting an increasing volume of calls, emails, and other inquiries. Help us by providing feedback on our business. Should we expand the FAQ on the website, make bigger signs at our retail outlets, provide more promotional material? We are always seeking alternative energy advocates to help us get our message out there. Although we have no paid positions available, we would welcome help on a volunteer basis on Tuesday nights to pump fuel, run occasional errands, work on making copies or getting supplies, and possibly answering the phone (cell phone you’d carry around during business hours). This is not a program that we have set up, nothing formal or pre-defined. We are seeking the right person with skills to work with restaurants about oil, customers about our products, and overall intern type work. If you are interested, send a resume and cover letter to info @ dieselgreenfuels.com

3 thoughts on “Tough times, recognition, and upcoming events

  1. Well! it dont sound good for the future for WVO , it is what i use and i get it recycled from you guys, sounds as tho you will need all you can get! also if the price keeps going up, may have to find a small resturant and dewater and filter anyway, and so far im using the dreaded DSE way. made a couple small mods to car, like a very small fuel heater, and small turbocharger setup. let you know what happens! RON

  2. Here’s me take on the biodiesel shortage. First, there’s no shortage of raw materials. Second, many would-be biodiesel refiners are deterred by the relative high cost of raw veggie oil in the Austin market. Third, because of exclusivity agreements, all of the restaurants ‘under contract’ with current waste oil collectors already have their oil spoken for, leaving few options for biodiesel refiners to turn any profit at all in an industry with already slim margins. Times like this lead people to either convert to SVO (small percentage but good for outlets like Diesel Green fuels) or just give up and go back to running dino diesel (or worse yet all the way back to gas). So in a city like Austin with a huge interest in alternative fuels, we are literally deadlocked as the industry works itself out. No finger pointing — these are just the facts as I see them. These are pure market issues, and everyone’s toying with supply and demand, just like the big boys. Hopefully a resolution is in the works. Otherwise I see some intense competition developing for waste oil supplies — someone has to make the biodiesel, and that won’t happen with SVO prices as high as they are now. We’d like to start a neutral forum to discuss these topics openly. The Austin biodiesel/SVO community desperately needs it.
    -doug waterson

  3. Doug,

    Thanks for the comment. I agree with the substance of what you’re saying, and unfortunately there are few in Austin who understand this or are working to change things. For our business to be successful in the long run, we must grow our oil collection to a level that create enough fuel to satisfy our customers. This keeps us so busy that we don’t have much time to build a community around these ideas, and we cater to the customers that come to us.

    If you do anything, we’d like to participate in any way we can.

    Jason
    391-0569

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