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Trends Alert: Diesel Engines Still Power America — and Will for a Long Time

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

There’s a lot of buzz going around about new fuels for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. While research and development of cleaner fuels is always a good idea, the reality is liquid fuels will power U.S. fleets for decades to come.

That’s led some fleets to ask about renewable diesel as a solution. Renewable diesel is a good fuel, but most of the nation’s supply goes to the West Coast, and it will be a long time before it’s readily available elsewhere.

The fact is, biodiesel blends are needed to meet U.S. fleets’ fuel needs and sustainability initiatives for decades to come.

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Tips for Preparing to Store, Blend and Distribute Biofuels at Your Truckstop

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

There is a long process a gallon of fuel goes through before it flows through the nozzle at the pump, and it is crucial that fuel remains on spec. That holds true for those investing in biofuels as biodiesel has to be on spec before it gets into ultra-low sulfur diesel to get a renewable identification number [learn more about renewable fuels and RINs here].

During NATSO Connect, the Alternative Fuels Council offered a Renewable Fuels Workshop.

During the workshop, Paul Nazzaro, president of Advanced Fuel Solutions, also discussed biodiesel and shared his tips to help operators ensure fuel quality.

When determining whether or not to carry biofuels, operators should conduct a market analysis, assess mandates and incentive, Nazzaro said. He noted that demand dictates the size of the tank and required handling equipment. “Success will ultimately be determined by price, supply and product positioning,” he told attendees.

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Five Things Truckstop Operators Need to Know About Renewable Fuels

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

For more than a decade, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program has required fuel refiners and importers to incorporate an increasing volume of renewable fuel annually. For truckstop and travel plaza operators, the standard can create several benefits.

Here are the top things operators need to know about the Renewable Fuels Standard.

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3 Tips to Help You Find the Right Biodiesel Blend

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Warmer temps are right around the corner.

And that’s the time of year many travel plazas, truck stops and fleets start thinking about the amount of biodiesel that’s blended into their petroleum diesel.

It’s one of the most common questions biodiesel producers and suppliers are asked: What’s the right blend for me?

It’s an important question, and below I offer three tips to help you answer it.

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Adding Biodiesel to Your Truckstop is an Easy, Proven Revenue Driver

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

It’s common for those of us in the biodiesel business to get questions from truckstop operators about whether offering our fuel requires expensive infrastructure changes, like new tanks, piping and more. Fortunately for everyone, the answer is no.

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Tips for Making the Switch to Biodiesel

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

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It’s Time to Think About Your Winter Fuel Blends

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Most of us probably don’t want to hear it, but winter is around the corner. That means truck stops, travel centers and fleets in cold-weather regions need to start thinking about their winter fuel usage.

It’s also a good time to talk about one of the lingering misperceptions about biodiesel: that it doesn’t perform well in cold weather.

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Trends Watch: What Declining Gas Consumption Means for Your Truckstop

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Where do you see your fuel operations heading in 10 years, 20 years — how about 32 years? That may seem like a long way out, but with the ever-changing transportation sector, forward-thinking truck stops and travel plazas are looking that far ahead now.

And what they’re finding is the future of gasoline is uncertain. That may be putting it nicely. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that motor gasoline consumption will decrease 31 percent between 2017 and 2050. Why? The main culprit is increasing fuel economy standards.

So how should you react? Think of it this way: What would a 31 percent drop in gasoline sales mean for your business? Also, what would it mean for your in-store sales if traffic at your pumps dropped significantly?

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How Biodiesel Can Help Increase Your Fuel Margins

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Winter is finally in the rearview mirror and the busy summer travel season is almost here. This is the time of year many of the travel centers REG works with increase their biodiesel blend levels to take advantage of the economic benefits the renewable fuel brings.

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Get The Inside Scoop On The Newest Renewable Fuel Blend

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

The latest innovation in the fuel industry takes advantage of the benefits of two leading renewable fuels — ones many truck stops are familiar with.

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