Topics: Fuel & Trucking

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

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. More

Fuel Retailers Urge Lawmakers to Support Private Investment in Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

NATSO along with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) are encouraging lawmakers to support private investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and to reconsider a provision of the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s (LIFT) America Act (H.R.2741) that would allow public utilities to use rate payer dollars to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. More

EPA Sends Draft Proposal For RFS Volumes to White House for Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a draft proposal to set 2020 renewable blending obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. This marks the final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. More

Five Things Truckstop Operators Need to Know About Renewable Fuels

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. More

Volvo Embraces the Future with the Latest 18-Wheeler Technology Members Only Join or Login

How and when freight is delivered is changing and so are the vehicles that transport truckloads of goods. Old and new are coming together, and the Class 8 trucks of the future will combine automation, connectivity and electromobility while also becoming more integrated. Susan Alt, senior vice president of public affairs for Volvo Trucks, shared those insights with attendees at NATSO Connect 2019 during her keynote address. More

NATSO, Fuel Marketers File Comments on EPA’s RIN Market Proposal

NATSO along with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) filed public comments on a proposed regulation that would impose significant reforms on the market for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) that would be detrimental to many NATSO members. The proposal is part of a proposed rule that would allow gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round throughout the country. More

IMO 2020 and its Impact on Distillate Markets

When the International Maritime Organization (IMO) lowers the maximum allowable sulfur content of marine fuel from 3.5% mass/mass to 0.5% mass/mass on January 1, 2020, distillate markets are likely to become more expensive. However, the impact is likely to be restricted to less than three years, according to a newly released literature review by the Fuels Institute. More

EPA Considers Identifying Petitioners Seeking Small Refinery Waivers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering changing its policy to allow it to identify those refiners seeking small refinery waivers that exempt them from their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to a request for comment released by EPA on April 12, the agency is seeking public comment on whether it should disclose petitioners’ names, identify facilities and locations as well as describe the relief requested. Currently, most information about RFS waiver applicants is considered to be confidential. More

3 Tips to Help You Find the Right Biodiesel Blend

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. More

NATSO to Testify on EPA RIN Market Proposal

NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs David Fialkov will testify March 29 at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) field hearing in Ypsilanti, Mich., about the agency’s newly proposed regulations that would allow E-15 to be sold year-round and also reform the market for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). More