Washakie Renewable Energy: National Biodiesel Board Visits Utah

Posted on July 2nd, 2014

From Washakie Renewable Energy (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.”

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