April 22, 2021

Today, in honor of Earth Day 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is “investing $487 million in critical infrastructure that will help communities in 45 states build back better and stronger while prioritizing climate-smart solutions and environmental stewardship.” This includes $18,218,670 in funding for Hawaii. These USDA investments are being made under the Water and Environmental Program, the Rural Energy for America Program, the Electric Loan Program and the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.

Pacific Biodiesel, Hawaii’s only commercial producer of liquid biofuels, is a recipient of USDA infrastructure funding that will be used to create a series of mobile biodiesel fueling stations – expanding the availability of the company’s locally made 100% renewable fuel to customers throughout Hawaii. More information and locations will be announced soon. “Thanks to this USDA funding, we’re able to serve our customers throughout the state who have been wanting more convenient locations where they can purchase our biodiesel,” said Jenna Long, Director of Operations for Pacific Biodiesel.

According to Hawaii/Western Pacific State Acting Director and Business Programs Director Denise Salmeron, the USDA Rural Development investments for our rural island communities are vital. “These projects will support our local farmers, fuel distributors and biofuel producers by providing access to cleaner and more affordable higher blends of fuel as well as increasing our renewable energy capabilities which is a priority for our environment.”

Read the full USDA press release here: