We started Clean Energy Biofuels in 2008 with the ambition to provide a cleaner energy source to the state of Georgia while supporting the rural community in Walton County Georgia. In the ten years since Rick Huszagh and Crista Carrell founded the company, we have achieved both. Over the years we have been supported by the local community of Monroe, GA, USDA, EPA, University of Georgia (UGA), and many other people. These people have believed in our vision for cleaner air and a more renewable agriculturally based fuel source for trucks, cars, and electric power generation. Since we started the business, we have grown to support a significant local employee workforce, and we operate our fleet of vacuum and transportation trucks. Rick and Crista were recognized by the White House Champions of Change program for their work in farmland preservation and work towards sustainable and renewable energy.
Clean Energy Biofuels supports the Down to Earth Foundation which was created to focus on environmental education and foster a positive attitude toward solving the challenges with our current energy supply. The foundation’s mission is to create an experiential education curriculum through which students learn a creative and rewarding approach to solving the challenges faced by our world. Focusing on four areas – renewable energy, public health, ecology, and agriculture – Down to Earth Foundation’s programs demonstrate the connections among these areas and provide hands-on learning experiences for students of all ages.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a national program that specifies that a specific volume of renewable fuel supplements the petroleum fuel supply. The RFS program was created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), which amended the Clean Air Act (CAA). The program aims to diversify the American energy supply and to support the agricultural sector. The RFS endorses the inclusion of renewable energy in this strategy along with traditional sources of energy such as petroleum transportation fuel, heating oil or jet fuel. Much like diversification is a good investment strategy for financial investments, energy independence in the United States is supported by a diversification strategy that includes renewable energy. Companies like Clean Energy Biofuels is an integral part of this strategy to make our energy sources more renewable and cleaner.