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Updates to the RFS Rule for 2014 – What You Need to Know

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In 2005, the Energy Policy Act introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for petroleum fuels to the American Transportation Industry. These standards stipulate the percentage of petroleum fuel that needs to be replaced with renewable fuel sources, such as ethanol. Amendments since this date have expanded the mandate and scope of the RFS to include regulations for petroleum vendors. Under the Clean Air Act of 2010, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) program was legislated to…

The Future of Renewable Fuels: Have We Missed the Target?

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Being the new fuel on the market isn’t easy. You’re up against the big dogs who’ve held their place for well over a century, you’re trying to learn the rules, iron out the kinks in your technology for development and find your place in the supply chain. You’re also looking for support. Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shocked the renewable fuels industry with its proposal to cut blending requirements for 2014 from 18.15…

Activity in Mexico Spikes Demand for US Natural Gas

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For many Americans, talk about Mexico usually means talk about vacation. Almost six million visited there in 2012 and an estimated one million are retired or living there part-time. Lately, the conversation has been shifting. Natural gas imports from the United States to Mexico have jumped a whopping 92 per cent since 2008 and demand is expected to more than double by 2019. Here’s why. Growth in Mexican Auto Manufacturing – Honda Motor Co. and…

Moving Toward Oil Independence With Cautious Optimism

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July 30, 2014 marked a significant turning point in the global oil market. A Singaporean tanker carrying $40 million of American crude embarked for South Korea – the first time the US has exported oil in four decades. With the long-time ban on the verge of lifting, and the production of domestic fuels continuing to boom, what are the implications? Is it another step closer to becoming oil independent? Promising Projections Before we focus on…

Gas, Diesel or Hybrid – Is There One That’s Best?

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There are many things to consider when purchasing a vehicle today. Of course, there are always new features and options, but between the economy and the environment, it seems efficiency is what’s topping many people’s lists. Gas, diesel and hybrid are three mainstream choices, but which is best? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each. Gasoline This fuel is great for low mileage drivers and continues to gain efficiency…

Rail Transport Facing New Regulations – What Does This Mean for Highway Fuel Transport?

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The North American oil boom is in high gear, but the government is putting on the brakes when it comes to some delivery standards of the global commodity by rail. Advocated by the Association of American Railroads and implemented by the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the new regulations include: Classification and Characterization Program: Testing methods must be in place to more accurately classify, characterize and analyze mined liquids and gases. This will include frequent…

The Lonesome Road: Why There’s a Driver Shortage

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Every year, the American Transportation Research Institute publishes a top-ten list of concerns executives face in the trucking industry. Currently, driver shortage ranks third, while driver retention ranks seventh. As fleet owners, focusing your energies in the right direction saves both time and money. Since these two issues go hand-in-hand, it stands to reason that understanding the causes behind one could help provide solutions to the other. Causes of Driver Shortage Aging Workforce – The…

It’s Hurricane Season, But Don’t Worry – Your Fuel Distributor is Prepared

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One third of the way into hurricane season, there is still plenty of time for active weather. Even with milder predictions, storms can take unexpected turns and leave a trail of disaster behind them. Based on many years of experience, the oil and gas industry takes a number of measures to prepare for the worst. The American Petroleum Institute (API) is key in these operations with two main functions: Provide valuable information on environmental and…

More Than Just Supply & Demand – What Causes Fuel Shortages?

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When it comes to fuel shortages, one of the reasons you’ll hear in just about every news report or conversation is “supply and demand.” There will be a main cause—such as weather or political unrest in foreign nations—but there is much more to it than that. Here are some examples of the reasons behind the reason: Hurricane Sandy This extreme storm caused more than 200 deaths and $65 billion in damage, ranking it second only…

A Bright Future – How Improved Technology is Developing New Fuel Alternatives

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We may not have caught up to the Jetsons, but the fuel industry has certainly surpassed the Flintstones when it comes to forms of energy for transportation. Petroleum and diesel are still the dominant fuels across the board, but as technology develops, new players are starting to emerge. Here are the top 10 alternative fuels on the road today: Hydrogen – used in fuel cell cars where hydrogen and oxygen are combined to produce electricity…