Fuels

Sales of Diesel-Fueled Pickups, SUVs Up 28% in 2020

Sales of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles with diesel engines grew 28 percent during 2020, even as overall auto sales declined by over 14 percent for the year. Among alternative fueled vehicle offerings, vehicles with diesel engines held five of the top 10 rankings for fastest-growing sales (2019-2020), according to the Diesel Technology Forum, based on data and analysis provided by ...

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What Is the Potential Impact of TCI?

A report by the Center for State Policy Analysis (cSPA) at Tufts University’s Tisch College describes the potential impact of the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) — a proposal to curb emissions from gasoline and diesel fuel — in Massachusetts and other Northeastern states. Read the full report here. Here is a description and summary: The report details how the TCI ...

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NEFI Approves Net-Zero ‘Policy Principles’

Collaboration, harmonization, affordability, competition, and incentivization are the policy principles that the NEFI board of directors unanimously approved for the “Advancement of Renewable Liquid Heating Fuels.” The five principles are designed to ensure industry-wide success in pursuit of the industry’s Providence Resolution goal of delivering a carbon-neutral (i.e., “net-zero”) liquid heating fuel to consumers within 30 years, Jim Collura, vice president and ...

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NBB Continues Court Battle on RFS Waiver

The U.S. Court of Appeals must enforce its decision requiring the EPA to address an “improper” waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel demand in the renewable volume obligation, the National Biodiesel Board and other groups say. “EPA should not be allowed to hide behind claims that restoring 500 million improperly waived gallons is an administrative burden that would inconvenience ...

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CVR Energy Refinery to Produce Renewable Diesel

CVR Energy announced that it will convert its Wynnewood refinery’s hydrocracker unit to renewable diesel service. Upon completion, which is expected in mid-2021, the refinery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, should have the capability to produce nearly 100 million gallons of renewable diesel per year and more than 6 million gallons of renewable naphtha per year, significantly reducing its annual Renewable Identification ...

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F.W. Webb Named Northeast Distributor of Cavagna LPG Tank Valves, Regulators

F.W. Webb Co., Bedford, Massachusetts, wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, HVAC, refrigeration, pipe, valves and fittings, announced that it was named the distributor of Cavagna LPG tank valves and regulators in the Northeast. Cavagna Group manufactures advanced, integrated solutions for the control, regulation, metering and storage of compressed gas. As of mid-December, the Cavagna Group’s solutions became available throughout the ...

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Research: Understanding Bacteria’s Metabolism Could Boost Biofuel Production

A new study reveals how bacteria control the chemicals produced from consuming ‘food.’ The insight could lead to organisms that are more efficient at converting plants into biofuels, according to the authors of the, scientists at the University of California, Riverside, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The study has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. In ...

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R.W. Beckett Announces B20 Burner Certification

R.W. Beckett Corp., North Ridgeville, Ohio, announced that it certified all AF and AFG burners produced after September 8, 2020, to use biodiesel blends of up to 20% (B20)— aligning with the first step of the Providence Resolution of B20 by 2023. “We are excited to offer dealers and their customers an important step in their carbon reduction efforts while ...

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Suburban Propane Acquires Stake in Oberon Fuels

Suburban Propane Partners, a nationwide distributor of propane, fuel oil and related products and services, announced a deal to purchase a 39% stake in Oberon Fuels, Inc., based in San Diego, California. Oberon is working to develop low-carbon, renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) transportation fuel, according to a Sept. 17 statement by Suburban, announcing the deal. Oberon’s rDME fuel is being ...

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EIA: 2020 U.S. Biodiesel Production on Par with 2019

U.S. biodiesel production has seen smaller reductions in recent months compared with other transportation fuels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Petroleum Supply Monthly. As a result of mitigation efforts for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), motor gasoline demand has declined significantly since March 2020. The decline in demand also reduced ethanol demand. Biodiesel production through May 2020, on the other ...

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