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Diesel Dilemma: Are the days of our favorite fuel numbered?

December 2, 2016 John G. Smith

Rudolf Diesel must be rolling in his grave. The 19th-century inventor gave birth to the engine that bears his name. Now the country where he did the work is looking to bring the technology to an end. German legislators recently passed a resolution that calls for a ban of all internal combustion engines as early as 2030.

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Ontario to invest in green trucks, natural gas network

June 10, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Ontario has unveiled a five-year Climate Change Action Plan that includes funds to adopt greener commercial vehicles and build a province-wide natural gas fueling network.

A new Green Commercial Vehicle Program to launch in 2017 will include up to $170 million in incentives for adopting electric and natural gas commercial vehicles, aerodynamic devices, anti-idling devices, and electric trailer refrigeration. The funding available for specific technologies is not referenced.

Another $75-$100 million will be used to build a province-wide natural gas fueling network, which will be developed with input from the Ontario Trucking Association, Union Gas, Enbridge Gas, and others. Natural gas has a lower carbon content than diesel.

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Biodiesel output slumps in 2014

January 19, 2015 by Allan Janssen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. biodiesel market shrunk in 2014 amid policy uncertainty in Washington that destabilized the industry and caused many biodiesel plants to shut down or reduce production.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, total U.S. biodiesel consumption fell to 1.75 billion gallons for the year, down slightly from nearly 1.8 billion gallons in 2013.

The downturn came as the Obama Administration failed to finalize biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the U.S. Congress allowed the biodiesel tax incentive to lapse at the beginning of 2014.

“These numbers reflect the consequences of policy inaction,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), the industry trade association.

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Some Fleets Could Get Millions for New Trucks, Alt. Fuels

December 5, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Trucking companies in the U.S. could get hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks in 2015 for everything from buying new trucks to using alternative fuels such as natural gas.

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Alberta set for biodiesel content in 2010

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

EDMONTON — The Alberta government unveiled a new energy strategy, which included a timeline for renewable content in the province’s fuel supply.

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FAQ: BIODIESEL IN CUMMINS ENGINES

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

This FAQ sheet from Kevan Browne at Cummins Inc. addresses the use of
biodiesel fuel with the company’s truck engines. Issued May 23, 2005, unedited.

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Minnesota proposes B20 biodiesel rule

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The first U.S. state to mandate biodiesel is proposing a new long-term plan that would require vehicles to fill up with 20 percent biodiesel blends by 2015.

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Manitoba eager to join the ranks of early bio-users

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WINNIPEG — Both Alberta and B.C. have revealed plans to require renewable content in their diesel supply by 2010, but it appears Manitoba might try and beat them to it.

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Biodiesel biz booming in B.C.

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

VANCOUVER — British Columbia is positioning itself to be a worldwide leader in biodiesel production.

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Bill blends fuel industry and government regulation

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — The Renewable Fuels Bill was introduced in parliament, which will allow the federal government to regulate renewable fuel content in fuels.

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Winnipeg’s municipal fleet puts biodiesel to the test

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s capital city recently unveiled a fuelling station specifically designed to supply the municipal fleet with biodiesel.

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Bush calls for increased use of biodiesel, alternative fuels

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON – U.S. President George Bush wants to make America less dependent on foreign oil supplies by increasing the use of renewable and alternative fuels.

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V-8 Juice anyone?

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

JEFFERSON CITY MO. — There’ll be veggies in the trailer and veggie oil in the fuel tank.

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Out of the cold: test results hope to boost biodiesel

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

CALGARY — The Alberta Renewable Diesel Demonstration (ARDD) was on an a mission to prove biodiesel could withstand winter temperatures in Canada, and now they have proof.

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Minnesota proposes B20 biodiesel rule

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The first U.S. state to mandate biodiesel is proposing a new long-term plan that would require vehicles to fill up with 20 percent biodiesel blends by 2015.