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NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

June 12, 2018

NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

NATSO Inc. on June 12 launched a new business venture known as the Alternative Fuels Council (NATSOAltFuels.com) to help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to learn about and incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings.

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

August 31, 2016

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

It is well known that higher productivity vehicles and fuel efficiency standards for trucks are gradually reducing the per-vehicle demand for diesel, which is likely to change operations at truckstop and travel plaza locations across the country.

Biodiesel Tax Credit Likely to Remain at Blender Level

December 16, 2015

Biodiesel Tax Credit Likely to Remain at Blender Level

On December 15, Congress unveiled a massive tax and spending package that will be debated over the remainder of this week. NATSO will be analyzing the thousands of pages of legislation in the coming days, but is pleased to report that some lawmakers' efforts to convert the biodiesel blenders credit to a biodiesel producers credit has failed.

States Push Alternative-Fuel Vehicles to Pay Fair Share

November 24, 2014

States Push Alternative-Fuel Vehicles to Pay Fair Share

Several state legislatures are expected to take up the issue of whether to impose special fees on hybrid and electric vehicles in 2015 as a means of generating revenue for highway construction and maintenance, Bloomberg BNA reported.

Sapp Bros. Adds Natural Gas

July 1, 2014

Sapp Bros. Adds Natural Gas

Sapp Bros.’ first location opened on June 7, 1971, in Omaha, Neb. Today there are 16 travel centers located in eight states. F rom the beginning, the company has always embraced new ideas and technology that would improve its offerings and better meet its customers’ needs. With this focus in mind, this year they added natural gas to one location in Lincoln, Neb., and are working on installing the second in Columbus, Neb. They are contemplating adding two more this year.

The Promising Future Of Fuels

October 25, 2013

The Promising Future Of Fuels

While diesel will remain the primary fuel for the trucking industry for the near future, a growing number of manufacturers and carriers are embracing alternative technologies and fuels that will allow them to move away from diesel derived from crude.

EU Seeks to Cap Food-Based Biofuels

July 15, 2013

EU Seeks to Cap Food-Based Biofuels

The European Union plans to propose limiting the use of crop-based biofuels in transportation to 5 percent.

 Legislation Would Mandate Alternative Fuel Vehicles

July 1, 2013

Legislation Would Mandate Alternative Fuel Vehicles

With Congress increasingly critical of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), legislation introduced last week is taking a different tack: it would require that 30 percent of new automobiles in 2016 operate on non-petroleum fuels instead of, or in addition to, petroleum-based fuels. That figure would increase to 50 percent in 2017 and in subsequent years.

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

June 20, 2013

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

While alternative fuels and technologies may increase in the future, diesel will remain the primary fuel for the trucking industry for decades. The findings were part of a two-year study on the future of alternative fuels conducted by the National Petroleum Council. The U.S. Secretary of Energy requested the study, which looked at the full breadth of alternative-fuel options alongside traditional diesel and gasoline.

States Consider Charging Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

June 17, 2013

States Consider Charging Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Lawmakers tasked with finding new revenue streams to fund infrastructure projects increasingly are asking drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles to pay their fair share of infrastructure fees.

EPA Proposes Adding Fuels Made From Landfill Biogas to Renewable Fuel Standard

June 3, 2013

EPA Proposes Adding Fuels Made From Landfill Biogas to Renewable Fuel Standard

A proposed U.S. EPA rule would greatly expand the number of advanced fuels that would be eligible to generate RINs. Responding to petitions from renewable fuel producers, EPA has proposed allowing renewable diesel, renewable naphtha, and renewable electricity (used in electric vehicles) produced from landfill gas to generate RINs under the federal renewable fuel standard. Also proposed to generate RINs are renewable compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas produced from landfill biogas. To be eligible, the landfill biogas must produce 60 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions over its lifecycle as compared to gasoline.

States Offer Tax Incentives to Encourage Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

April 22, 2013

States Offer Tax Incentives to Encourage Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

Several state legislatures recently offered tax incentives aimed at boosting usage of cars and trucks that run on alternative fuels.

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Trucking

April 10, 2013

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Trucking

Diesel fuel will remain the primary fuel the trucking industry uses for decades to come, according to a two-year study on the future of alternative fuels conducted by the National Petroleum Council. The U.S. Secretary of Energy requested the study, which looked at a range of alternative-fuel options alongside traditional diesel and gasoline.

Trucking Industry Drives Natural Gas Demand in Transportation

April 1, 2013

Trucking Industry Drives Natural Gas Demand in Transportation

Significant infrastructure costs coupled with low consumer demand has many gasoline retailers hesitant to invest in natural gas.

Love’s Travel Stops Announces Addition of Compressed Natural Gas

March 11, 2013

Love’s Travel Stops Announces Addition of Compressed Natural Gas

Love’s Travel Stops announced the addition of fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capability to service Class 8 trucks is underway at eight of its travel stops between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, Texas.

U.S. Natural Gas Production to Remain Strong Through 2040

March 4, 2013

U.S. Natural Gas Production to Remain Strong Through 2040

U.S. natural-gas production will accelerate over the next three decades and provide a growing source of moderately priced natural gas through 2040, according to an extensive study performed by the University of Texas that examined 15,000 wells in northern Texas.

Obama Addresses Infrastructure, Energy and Minimum Wage in the State of the Union

February 18, 2013

Obama Addresses Infrastructure, Energy and Minimum Wage in the State of the Union

In his State of the Union address, President Obama touched on several issues important to truckstop and travel plaza operators, including highway funding, alternative fuels and the minimum wage.

House Committee Seeks EPA Information on RIN Fraud

February 18, 2013

House Committee Seeks EPA Information on RIN Fraud

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to detail steps it is taking to prevent fraudulent renewable fuel credits, or RINs, from entering the marketplace. The committee also wants to know whether fraudulent credits have contributed to a “dramatic decline” in RIN prices since July 2012. The committee asked EPA to respond by Feb. 22.

IRS Releases Guidance on Retroactive Biodiesel Tax Claims

February 11, 2013

IRS Releases Guidance on Retroactive Biodiesel Tax Claims

The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance on how to claim biofuel tax incentives that were retroactively reinstated by Congress through 2012.

U.S. Governors Focus on Increasing Natural Gas Use in 2013

January 14, 2013

U.S. Governors Focus on Increasing Natural Gas Use in 2013

The National Governors Association will make the increased use of natural gas a priority in 2013, said Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the vice chair of the group.

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