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Toyota, Kenworth to Develop Zero Emission Trucks

Kenworth Truck Company and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop 10 zero-emission Kenworth T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains. This collaboration is part of a $41 million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) grant preliminarily awarded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with the Port of Los Angeles as the prime applicant. The grant monies are ...

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Report: Best States for Home Solar Are In the East

A report that ranks the 50 states by “friendliness to rooftop solar” finds that, for 2019, the top four are Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Maryland, plus Washington, D.C. Solar Power Rocks (SPR), an organization in Portland, Ore., that collects and disseminates information for homeowners about state and national solar policy, incentives, and financial estimates, announced Jan. 16 that its 2019 State Solar Power ...

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REG Names Cynthia Warner as CEO

Cynthia (CJ) Warner has been named president and chief executive officer of Renewable Energy Group, Inc., the company’s board of directors announced on Dec. 6. The appointment is effective Jan. 14, at which time she will also join the Board of Directors. Randy Howard, who has served as president and CEO since July 2017, will remain on the board and ...

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Sprague Supplies Renewable Diesel for NYC Pilot Project

New York City reached out to Sprague Operating Resources earlier this year, and the result was a pilot project in which the city used renewable diesel in its fleet, the company reports. With 30,000 owned and leased vehicles and 400 in-house fueling locations, New York City operates the largest municipal fleet in the United States, Sprague said in a Nov. ...

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Phillips 66 and REG Plan Renewable Diesel Plant on West Coast

Planning is underway for construction of a large-scale renewable diesel plant on the U.S. West Coast, announced Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group. The plant would utilize REG’s proprietary “BioSynfining” technology to produce renewable diesel fuel. Planned feedstocks include a mix of waste fats, oils and greases, including regionally-sourced vegetable oils, animal fats and used cooking oil, the companies said ...

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Vermont Now Using Only ULSHO, Joining Other New England States, NY and NJ

All of Vermont will be using ultra-low sulfur heating oil this winter, notes the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association. As part of the 2011 Energy Act, the “Clean and Green Oilheat Initiative” mandated ultra-low sulfur heating oil, starting in the winter of 2018. The rest of New England, New York and New Jersey have also adopted the same 15 parts-per-million (ppm) ...

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NORA Outgoing Chair Tom Santa’s Research Legacy

The term of Tom Santa, chairman of the National Oilheat Research Alliance, expires at the end of the year. For decades, Santa, of Santa Energy, Bridgeport, Conn., has been a strong advocate of oilheat research. He was an active participant in many Brookhaven Technology Conferences, with a particular interest in bringing a rigorous understanding of the need for good data ...

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Michael Devine Joins World Energy

World Energy, a biodiesel supplier based in Boston, Mass., announced that it hired Michael Devine as vice president of sales and business development. Devine will play a key role in establishing a biodiesel downstream distribution platform, working directly with senior management and the company’s supply and logistics teams. An early adopter and outspoken advocate of biodiesel integration, Devine is a ...

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Fighting Against Calls for a Carbon Tax

Carbon taxes would destroy the delivered fuel business by intentionally making the products too expensive, leaders of state trade associations say. “It is probably the biggest issue that is going to face the heating oil and propane industries as well as the motor fuels industry, going forward,” said Jamie Py, president, and CEO of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, based ...

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​NATSO Hails Proposed RFS Obligations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Trump Administration’s proposed renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will support continued growth in the advanced biofuels market, NATSO says. “We thank EPA and the entire administration for hearing and responding to the retail fuel industry’s concerns and proposing ambitious yet achievable renewable fuel obligations. If the United States can continue down ...

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