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.
Fredrick W. (Rick) Huszagh II
Manager, Co-FounderEntrepreneur Rick Huszagh brings more than a decade’s worth of expertise in starting and growing business ventures in the technology and agriculture industries. Rick founded software company PMTI in 1995 and expanded operations with a subsidiary in Europe, growing a worldwide client base. In 2000, Rick sold PMTI to the largest technology venture capitalist group in the United States to form Law.com. While Rick continued to manage a family-owned livestock farm with his wife Crista Carrell, they expanded their focus in renewable energy solutions, founding non-profit Down to Earth Foundation to provide experiential environmental education for students. In 2003, Rick went on to begin biodiesel research and production and was awarded a USDA grant for renewable energy technology to further his efforts in 2007. In May 2008, Rick founded Down to Earth Energy, LLC with partners Crista Carrell, McKay Johnson and Tyson Johnson. Rick has served on the States Biofuels Clearinghouse Board and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Down to Earth Energy leading the business development and overall operations for the business. Rick is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Co-FounderMcKay Johnson spent several years teaching economics and successfully incubating small businesses in an emerging capitalist country in the former Soviet Union. Following his interests in environmental sustainability, McKay returned to the United States and served as the Director of two Georgia-based land conservation non-profit organizations – successfully protecting green space, developing public parks, and advocating for changes in local laws towards a more sustainable approach to land use. McKay joined Down to Earth Energy in 2008 to serve as President where he leads marketing, sales, and daily operations of the biodiesel facility. He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Hampton-Sydney, Virginia.
Co-FounderTyson Johnson brings a wealth of expertise in facility concept communication, construction, and management for multi-million dollar corporate projects. Tyson joined Down to Earth Energy in 2008, leading the construction of the two-million-gallon per year biodiesel research and production facility. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.
Plant ManagerHunter is a 2011 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics. Hunter has two years of experience at an industry leading wholesale tree farm dealing in customer service, logistics coordination, sales, and marketing and now over four years of experience at Down to Earth Energy & ESCOGO in operations, logistics management, plant management, quality control, and maintenance. In his spare time, Hunter enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors.
ControllerJamie is a 2012 graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In 2014, he earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting and started working for Down to Earth Energy. He now handles most of the day to day financial activity for both Down to Earth Energy and ESCOGO, while trying to help out wherever else needed when called upon.
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Shipping & Media CoordinatorWhitney 2014 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management. With over ten years of customer service experience, she has a passion for helping others succeed. Whitney joined the team in 2017 to coordinate shipping and order fulfillment for ESCOGO and to focus on marketing, social media and administrative tasks for both companies. Her hobbies include reading, going to concerts, and playing with her two dogs.
Oil Collections ManagerAlex Johnston has been a biodiesel enthusiast since 2005 and in the biodiesel industry since 2007. He has worked for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy as a biodiesel plant operator in Atlanta, Georgia, and Knoxville, Tennessee. Currently, he manages the waste oil collection service for Clean Energy Biofuels. He lives in Atlanta with his wife of 17 years and their son.
Sales AssociateJoe is a Georgia native who studied industrial engineering at Southern Polytechnic in Marietta, GA. He started with CEB in 2017 sales associate for waste oil collections and biodiesel sales. He brings over nine years of fuel and oil industry experience in everything from delivery to sales. Joe also has ten years of construction experience, which he uses to lend a hand whenever needed. His hobbies include metal detecting, crafting walking sticks, coin collecting, and camping.
Vacuum Truck DriverEarl has over 30 years of truck driving experience under his belt. He has been with Clean Energy since 2016 as a part-time vacuum truck driver collecting waste oil used for biodiesel production. In his free time, Earl enjoys fishing, driving his motorcycle, and walking his dog, Stormy.
Truck DriverJacob has worked as a truck driver for 17 years and has experience driving everything from flatbeds to fuel tankers. He has been with DTEE since 2012 as our first truck driver. Jacob’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, and camping with his family.
Truck DriverErnest has been driving a truck for 43 years and has received safe driver awards each year for the past 26 years. He has been with DTEE since 2016. Ernest is very much a family man who spends his time off with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He loves to go swimming, fishing, camping or just being together at home with his family.
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