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.
McKay 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 where he served as President and led the marketing, sales, and daily operations of the biodiesel facility. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors. 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.
o Hunter is a 2011 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics. Hunter joined Down to Earth Energy in 2013 and currently manages daily operations of the biodiesel plant, logistics & scheduling, inventory management, and the truck maintenance & fabrication shops. In his spare time, Hunter enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors.
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.
ControllerAttended Georgia Perimeter College right after High School and have been in the accounting field since 2012. 2016 Cum Laude graduate of Post University with a Bachelor’s of Accounting/Accountancy. Responsible for compliance, cash flow, and day-to-day financial activity for Down to Earth Energy and ESCOGO. In 2014, I became a Mother! My hobbies include photography, running, softball, and spending time with close family and friends.
Logistics Manager & 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.