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- Refiners Seen Cutting Back on Gasoline, Expanding Diesel
- U.S. EPA Accelerates Locomotive/Marine Diesel Deadlines; Lack of ULSD Snags Recreational Boats
- Around the world of Diesel
- American Trucking Associations (ATA) Sees Record Diesel Fuel Costs for 2008:
- China’s Snow-Collapsed Electric Infrastructure Causing Huge Surge in Diesel Gen-Set Power; ‘Worst Yet to Come’:
- India Oil Co. (IOC) Reportedly May Double Diesel Imports to 1 Million Tons during Fiscal 2009:
- Mercedes Unveils 3 Clean-Diesel SUVs for U.S. Market in 2009 Model Year:
- Biofuels ‘Greenhouse’ Effects Researcher Responds to Criticism of his Study:
- Shell, ConocoPhillips Win Hart’s 2008 Refiner of the Year Awards; Biofuels Emphasis:
- Cat Nixes Urea-SCR for U.S. EPA Tier-4 Interim Emissions Limits on Non-Road Diesels:
- Ssangyong Shows Off Diesel-Electric Hybrid Car, Aims for 2010 Rollout:
- Brasil’s 2% Biodiesel Mandate Won’t Do Anything about Global Warming; Boosting Percentage Threatens Amazon Rain Forest:
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- Industry/Environmentalist Comments on U.S. EPA Locomotive-Marine Rule: Mostly Positive
- Once Storm Clears on Wall Street, NLRC Hopes to Accelerate Big ULSD-Oriented Refinery Project
- U.S. ULSD Production & Imports Fall, Stocks Increase
- U.S. EIA Sees Diesel Demand Growing at 1.2%/Year Clip Through 2030
- Biodiesel, Ethanol ‘Among the Worst’ on Land-Use Efficiency, Volume Potential
- Gasoil/Diesel-Fired Home-Heat Boilers Seen Causing Air Pollution, Toxics
- Ryder’s Huge Diesel Fleet Now 100% ULSD; Cites Biofuel Problems
- Diesel Engine Maker: Biofuels Will Improve When Refiners Make Them
- Cutting Heavy-Duty Diesel Fuel Consumption: New Ideas, Regulations Coming
- European Parliament Votes for Diesel/Gasoline Tax Minimum Match
- CARB Unveils Low-Sulfur Marine-Diesel Rule for All Ships
- BP, European Union Tout ‘Cleanest Ship’ Using ULSD, Emissions Controls
- Health Effects Seen Worse on Euro-4 Engines Lacking Diesel Particle Filters
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- Distillate Watch
San Diego, Calif. -- U.S. Energy Information Agency’s (EIA) just-revised 2008 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) now sees refiners likely to reduce production of petroleum-based gasoline but continue to expand diesel output, in response to the U.S. energy bill signed by President George Bush last December.
The energy bill forces 36 billion gallons of “renewable” fuels into the U.S. motor fuels pool by 2022, much of it corn-based ethanol for gasoline blending.
U.S. EPA last week unveiled its final locomotive/marine diesel rule setting both “Tier 3” near-term and “Tier-4” long term limits that will slash nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 80% and particulate matter (PM) by 90% compared to today’s Tier 2 locomotive and marine engines.
San Diego, Calif. – Researchers, regulators and commercial truck/trailer/engine companies are coming up with a host of ideas (and regulatory schemes) that could dramatically boost the fuel economy of heavy-duty diesel vehicles over the next decade.
European Parliament voted 447-64 last week in favor of a committee bill proposing to raise diesel fuel minimum taxes to match those of gasoline across all member states.
As noted by the official EuroParl news service, “the European Commission says the wide variation in rates of diesel (officially known as gasoil) taxes creates distortions in the road haulage market – and also increases environmental damage by encouraging “fuel tourism” by hauliers (i.e. making special journeys or using longer routes in order to fill up in a country with low taxes).”
Hot on the heels of a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling throwing out its low-sulfur gasoil rule for ship auxiliary power engines, California Air Resources Board (CARB) is now pushing a proposed rule that would force virtually all ship main engines within 24 miles of California ports to switch to low-sulfur gasoil instead of heavy bunker fuel.
Around the world of Diesel
China’s Snow-Collapsed Electric Infrastructure Causing Huge Surge in Diesel Gen-Set Power; ‘Worst Yet to Come’:
Brasil’s 2% Biodiesel Mandate Won’t Do Anything about Global Warming; Boosting Percentage Threatens Amazon Rain Forest:
While industry and environmentalists had mountains of comments and criticisms of U.S. EPA’s proposed locomotive/marine diesel emissions rule last year, the reaction to the final rule last week looks mostly positive.
Once the current industry-wide credit market turmoil on Wall Street storm passes, Newfoundland & Labrador Refining Corp. (NLRC) hopes to start moving ahead faster on a proposed 300,000 barrels/day, mostly distillates-oriented export refinery in Canada.
NLRC last week announced that it’s doing optimization studies to boost the planned 65% diesel/kero-jet versus 35% gasoline ratio even further toward distillates.
U.S. production and imports of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) decreased, while stocks slightly increased for the period of Feb. 22 to March 7, according to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) revised “Annual Energy Outlook 2008” (AEO) sees diesel fuel demand growing at a fairly modest rate through 2030.
The latest AEO includes impacts of the U.S. energy bill signed by President George Bush last December.
San Diego, Calif. – Volvo is one of the world leaders in exploring alternative fuels and powertrains for all sorts of heavy-duty vehicles, but many of the current options don’t look promising.
San Diego, Calif. – Ryder Transportation, one of the U.S.’s biggest diesel truck fleets, has switched all of its U.S. fleet vehicles (100,000 trucks and tractors) to ultra-low sulfur diesel.
A new study by Max Planc Society comparing particulate matter (PM) emissions from a Euro-4 engine lacking a diesel particle filter (DPF) with older diesel engines found that newer Euro-4 engine fine-PM is even worse on health effects.