- Regulation & Legislation
- EU Parliament OKs CO2 Limits on Vans, Light Commercial Vehicles
- U.S. Companies Accused of Dumping Subsidized Biodiesel in India
- Obama’s Fiscal-2012 Budget Request Slashes Clean-Diesel Funds; EVs, Nukes Win Favors
- Energy Producers, Users, Regulators, Greens Form Smart-Grid/DR Coalition
- Distillate Markets
- Distillate Price Spike Seen in 2015: Marine Shipping to Blame
- Price Controls Causing Record Diesel Losses for India’s State Refiners
- RSS: Emerging-Market Rental DG Power Capacity to Jump 30% by 2015
- Russia Regulator Slams Diesel Price Cut as ‘Insufficient’
- More Countries Moving to Hike Diesel Prices
- China Refiners Boost Diesel Stocks for Irrigation Pump Demand; Exports Rise
- Iran to Export Diesel Fuel to Armenia
- Sinopec Hit on Fake PR Campaign Pushing Higher Diesel, Gasoline Prices
- Market Report: Distillates Continue Higher on Middle East Jitters
- Distillate Watch
- Transport News
- Bosch: 2015 Diesel Cars Will Consume Just 3.6 Liters of Fuel/100 km
- Mahindra, Global Vehicles Heading to Arbitration on Diesel Pickup Import Deal
- Ryder Expanding Rental Fleet; Diesel Trucks Meet U.S. EPA 2010 Limits
- GM Unveils Diesel Car Plans for India
- Gasoline-Contaminated Diesel Blamed for VW/Audi Fuel-Pump Failures
Regulation & Legislation
The European Parliament voted February 15 to approve compromise limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) for vans and other light commercial vehicles (LCVs), a move that immediately prompted criticism from “green” umbrella group, European Federation for Transport & Environment (T&E).
India’s biodiesel producers are planning to file a complaint with the state ministries of finance and commerce over alleged dumping of subsidized biodiesel by U.S. exporters.
U.S. President Barack Obama on February 17 unveiled a fiscal 2012 budget request to Congress that includes steep cuts to various clean-diesel programs, while boosting funds for electric vehicles (EVs) and nuclear power.
The newly formed National Action Plan Coalition (NAPC) composed of energy producers, users, regulators and environmental advocates on February 14 unveiled a new study examining how “consistent involvement by a wide range of stakeholder groups can lead to successful ‘smart grid’ and demand response [DR] programs.”
Huss Umwelttechnik won a verification extension February 15 from California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its “FS-MK” diesel particulate filter for both on-road and off-road diesel engines and vehicles.
The government of Alberta, Canada, announced February 16 that it has successfully negotiated contracts for two projects involving gasification-based upgrading and refining of bitumen in Alberta, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and increased supplies of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD).
Bosch announced February 15 that thanks to technology evolution, diesel-powered cars in 2015 will consume just 3.6 liters of fuel to travel 100 kilometers, or 30% less than a 2009 standard diesel car.
Global Vehicles USA announced February 15 that it has decided to drop its lawsuit against Mahindra & Mahindra over an alleged contract default to import light diesel pickup trucks to the U.S. market.
Miami-based Ryder System announced February 15 that it’s expanding and “refreshing” its existing North American rental fleet with 6,700 new trucks, tractors, vans and tractors “to meet accelerating demand as the economy continues to rebound.”
General Motors announced February 14 that it will boost diesel car sales in India with a variety of initiatives.
Diesel fuel contaminated with gasoline is blamed for causing some fuel-pump failures in late-model Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars targeted in a U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation.
Global distillate prices could spike in 2015, because the world’s marine shipping industry isn’t moving fast enough to install stack emissions scrubbing systems that would enable upcoming emissions regulations compliance while continuing to use heavy fuel oil (HFO) bunker fuel, according to a scrubbing expert.
India’s Oil Minister Jaipal Reddy announced February 15 that the national government will cover only half of the huge losses incurred by state refiners on government-controlled sales of diesel fuel below cost.
Dubai-based Rental Solutions & Services (RSS) announced February 16 that it’s expecting a 30% increase in global demand for rental distributed generation (DG) power by 2015, especially in “developing” countries.
Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) charges that recent diesel fuel price decreases – which came in the wake of criticism from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin – are “insufficient.”
Five more countries announced last week that they’re hiking diesel prices in response to higher crude oil prices.
Severe drought in northern China prompted Sinopec to boost diesel output and stocks in January, aiming to meet an expected surge of diesel demand from irrigation pump operators.
Iran’s government announced February 14 a deal to export 750,000 liters per day of diesel fuel to Armenia, along with an identical amount of gasoline.
China’s Sinopec asked its workers to pose as oil-industry outsiders and publish online articles supporting retail fuel price increases in China, according to a February 14 report from Global Times (China).
Ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) prices in major spot and futures markets continued to move upward last week as traders eyed continuing political unrest in the oil-rich Middle East.
Distillate prices creep upward on Middle East nervousness.