Browse by Category

Browse by Date

Most Active

Newest Posts

NATSO Blog: Fuel and Trucking

First Page of 6 Last Show per page, 56 total

5 Tips For Finding A Biodiesel Supplier for Your Truckstop

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

What do I need to do to offer biodiesel blends at my location?

That’s a common question among travel plaza and truck stop owners and managers interested in adding biodiesel to their fuel lineup but unsure of the first steps.

There are several things that should be considered. For example, what blend level are you interested in providing your customers to maximize your profitability? Blend level is how much biodiesel is in the diesel fuel — B20 means it has 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel. If you are going to purchase B100 and blend yourself, then you should review your storage tank options and look into blending systems.

Read More

Compliance Corner: NATSO Toolkit Outlines UST Requirements

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Compliance Corner

Several new requirements related to underground storage tanks (USTs) have taken effect over the past few years. As fuel retailers, most NATSO members own and operate USTs for motor fuels and must comply with state and federal regulations. To help truckstop and travel plaza owners stay current on UST requirements, NATSO has compiled a regulatory toolkit outlining the latest UST standards.

Read More

Learn How Distilled Biodiesel Can Help Your Truckstop Business

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

What are the benefits of distillation?

Distilled biodiesel has advanced cold flow properties because distillation does a superior job of removing minor components, such as steryl glucosides, that can contribute to filter plugging. Even with a higher cloud point, distilled biodiesel can outperform undistilled low cloud biodiesel in cold weather.

Distilled biodiesel has a lower carbon intensity score than undistilled biodiesel made from vegetable oils, such as soy. That’s especially important in regions with air quality standards, like California and some Canadian provinces, as well as with the growing number of fleets that have sustainability goals.

Distilled biodiesel is the purist type of biodiesel. This helps it blend more easily with petroleum diesel because there are fewer minor components to hinder blending.

The minor components found in biodiesel depend in part on the feedstock, and because distillation does such a good job removing those, the producer has more freedom with feedstock. This feedstock flexibility can be a benefit when there are price and supply fluctuations in commodity markets.

Read More

Fleets Are On The Fast Track To Sustainability — You Can Help Them Get There

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

No matter where you are in the transportation fuel supply chain, you need to be aware of one of the fastest-growing trends in the industry: sustainability.

Read More

Biodiesel Fuel Handling Tips For a Worry-Free Winter [Infographic]

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Check out this cold weather fuel plan from Renewable Energy Group.

Read More

What Does Walmart's Advanced Vehicle Experience Mean for Truckstops?

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Darren's Great Ideas for Independent Operators, Fuel and Trucking

The trucking industry is buzzing with news of Walmart's Advanced Vehicle Experience. The truck prototype combines aerodynamics, mictroturbine-hybrid powertrain, electrification, advanced control systems, and cutting edge materials like carbon fiber all in one vehicle with the end goal of drastically improving fuel efficiency.

Read More

ATA Top Economist & NATSO Show Speaker: Challenges within the Trucking Industry May Create Opportunities for Truckstops

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, The NATSO Show

The performance of the trucking industry has a direct influence on operations within truckstops and travel plazas, and Bob Costello, senior vice president and chief economist at American Trucking Associations, told NATSO that two of the top challenges within the trucking industry are likely to create opportunities for truckstop and travel plaza owners.

Read More

Truckstops Face New, Varied Competition

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Darren's Great Ideas for Independent Operators, Fuel and Trucking, Marketing & Retail

The truckstop and travel plaza industry is facing competition from a number of fronts. Last year in Stop Watch magazine, we covered some of those sources, including grocery stores and restaurants installing gas pumps and home improvement stores adding food offerings.

These and other forms of competition are becoming much more formidable as our customers continue to be starved for time and as vehicles improve their miles per gallon. Not only are drivers stopping less, now more than ever they are looking for the closest, most convenient one-stop shop. Retailers are responding by offering them more opportunities to stop, shop and fuel, which may mean less opportunities in our locations.

Read More

Longtime Mechanic Sold On Benefits Of Biodiesel

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

For the past several years, biodiesel production and how engines respond to the fuel have been part of the curriculum.

Read More

Which Items In The New UST Regulations Will Be Most "Expensive" For My Truckstop?

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking

NATSO recently prepared a memorandum summarizing the new Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations rules for NATSO members.

Several NATSO members have reached out to me as NATSO's Legislative and Regulatory Counsel with questions on the rule. Below is my answer to “Which items in the new UST regulations will be most expensive?”

Answer:
Which items in the new UST regulations will be most expensive will depend upon a number of factors (what type of equipment you have installed, what the status of your state regulations are, etc.) but at a high level, these are the five major takeaways from the final rule that we think equipment owners should be aware of:

1. Secondary Containment. New and replaced tanks and piping must be secondarily contained with interstitial monitoring systems, and new dispenser systems must be equipped w/ under-dispenser containment. The rule also includes secondary containment testing requirements.

Read More
First Page of 6 Last Show per page, 56 total

Subscribe to Updates