Maui Coronavirus Updates

Pacific Biodiesel Continues Operations

April 23, 2020, 12:56 PM HST
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Courtesy of Pacific Biodiesel

This year, Pacific Biodiesel is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Co-founders Bob and Kelly King say they had plans to commemorate the milestone at the beginning of this year, until the Coronavirus pandemic happened.
“Our refinery on Hawaiʻi Island is running at full capacity to meet the renewable energy needs in our state, including serving our largest industrial and utility customers, like Hawaiian Electric and Hamakua Energy and large fleet customers like the City & County of Honolulu,” a press release from the company read.
“At the same time, we are heartbroken to see the impact COVID-19 has had on many of our customers statewide – like Extended Horizons (our first and longest biodiesel marine customer in Hawaiʻi) who like so many other marine and tourism-related companies, and hotels and restaurants, have been forced to shut down to flatten the COVID-19 curve.”
Inspired by the generosity and kindness throughout the Maui community during these trying times, co-founder Kelly King spent hours this past week sewing face masks for the companyʻs Hawaiʻi Island refinery team.
“As the world’s communities #stayhome, our Earth is taking a deep breath – fossil fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions have precipitously declined, drastically reducing air pollution to reveal blue skies and clear waters in cities around the world,” the press release added.
Bob and Kelly King are encouraging others to retain these changes and commit to reducing the use of fossil fuels for the long-term benefit of the planet.
“Our planet, with its climate still in crisis, is showing us that a significant reduction in pollution can drastically improve the health of our environment. We’re just sorry that it took a global pandemic to prove this point.”

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