Topics: Fuel & Trucking

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

NATSO Analysis: EPA Proposed RFS Reform Regulations Members Only Join or Login

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA” or the “Agency”) recently proposed new regulations (“Proposed Rule” or the “Proposal”) pertaining to implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS” or the “Program”). More

EPA Releases RIN Market Proposal

EPA has released a proposed rule that would allow E-15 to be sold year-round (subject to certain restrictions) and also impose significant reforms in how RIN markets function. Although NATSO considers the RIN market reform component of the rulemaking unnecessary, EPA appears to have responsibly distinguished between ethanol RINS and RINS associated with advanced biofuels such as biodiesel. NATSO is continuing to analyze the proposal and will provide a more fulsome analysis in the coming days. More

Sens. Grassley, Wyden Introduce Tax Extenders Legislation

U.S. Senate Finance Committee leaders on Feb. 28 introduced legislation to extend the biodiesel tax credit and a variety of other tax provisions that expired in 2017. The legislation provides for a two-year extension covering activities (i.e., biodiesel blending) that occurred in 2018 and 2019. More

NATSO Analysis: RIN Market Volatility Driven By Policy Announcements, Rumors & News Reports; Reforms Unnecessary

In the coming weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to propose regulations that would reform the market for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), which are the "credits" EPA uses to ensure that refiners satisfy their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Although the supposed purpose of these reforms is to "improve transparency" and limit volatility in RIN markets, the reforms under consideration would cause more harm than good. In fact, as NATSO's "RIN Market Volatility" Chart demonstrates, wild RIN price swings over the past several years have been caused by policy announcements, rumors, and news reports, rather than any underlying flaw in RIN markets themselves. More

Truckstop Operators Prepare for the Vehicles and Customers of the Future

The customers of tomorrow, as well as the vehicles they drive, are changing, and during the closing keynote address at NATSO Connect, forward-thinking truckstop and travel plaza operators learned more about what lies ahead. During the session, Susan Alt, senior vice president of public affairs for Volvo Trucks, and Frank Beard, analyst of convenience store and retail trends at GasBuddy shared their insights into how truckstops can meet the changing needs of professional and four-wheel drivers. More

NATSO, Nine Trade Associations Urge Multiyear Extension of Biodiesel Tax Credit

NATSO today joined nine trade associations in urging Congress to pass a multiyear extension of the biodiesel blenders' tax credit in a joint letter representing producers and marketers of renewable fuels. More

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

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. More

RIN Management Challenges Reported Due to Government Shutdown

Along with many other frustrations stemming from the current government shutdown, some renewable fuel producers, marketers and blenders are experiencing interruptions in daily business operations within the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) moderated transaction system (EMTS). More