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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Diverse Fuel Company Turns To Biodiesel To Grow Business Even More

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

John Cook started his own business with one gas station in southern Oklahoma four decades ago. Today, Petroleum Wholesale, based in The Woodlands, Texas, distributes fuel in nine states to more than 150 branded locations, plus unbranded sites and governmental entities. It also operates 40 c-stores or travel centers and leases space to another 80.

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To Improve Sales, Review Overall Operation And Diversify Fuel Lineup

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Fuel is a major driver of your overall sales. Diesel car and SUV registrations are on the rise, and in 2023 U.S. drivers are expected to use 17.1 percent more diesel fuel than in 2012 while gasoline consumption decreases, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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