ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010
Kelly King

Kelly King

VP

Pacific Biodiesel

Kelly King is the Vice President of Pacific Biodiesel, Inc., having co-founded the renewable energy company with her husband Robert King in 1996. Well known as an industry pioneer, Pacific Biodiesel was created to alleviate the disposal of waste cooking oil at Maui’s landfill and became the first commercial biodiesel company in the U.S. As director of Marketing, Kelly has helped sell and/or develop 12 biodiesel plants built by Pacific Biodiesel in the U.S. and Japan, and the company’s community-based biodiesel model has become a standard for the sustainable renewable fuel industry. She successfully represented her company in the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s 2005 BlueSky Awards which named Pacific Biodiesel one of the Top Ten Global Renewable Energy Investment Scenarios. In 2006, together with Daryl Hannah and Willie and Annie Nelson, Kelly co-founded the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a national non-profit organization that is developing a certification process for sustainable biodiesel practices. Kelly has also been active as a board member for numerous local non-profits and most notably served as the Maui County elected member to the Hawai`i State Board of Education from 1994-98. She currently serves as the biofuels expert on the board of the Hawai`i Energy Policy Forum. Kelly was named a top ten finalist for the 2010 Pacific Business News Businesswoman of the Year Award.
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