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    2018 Fuel Economy Guide Helps Consumers Save Money

    A photo of a person working at a laptop with the FY18 fuel economy guide showing on the screen.Just in time for the New Year, the 2018 Fuel Economy GuidePDF is now available at FuelEconomy.gov. The guide is published annually by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and offers data on current model year (MY) vehicles.

    This year’s guide provides fuel economy ratings for more than 1,000 light-duty vehicles, along with projected annual fuel costs and other information for prospective purchasers. The guide, available in an electronic-only formatPDF this year, is designed to help car buyers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicles that fit their needs.

    The MY 2018 Fuel Economy Guide includes fuel economy information for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and details fuel economy leaders across several vehicle classes. Data is updated regularly as manufacturers provide additional information about MY 2018 vehicles.

     

    In addition to the guide, fueleconomy.govfeatures other useful tools and information to help car buyers. The website includes “best-in-class” lists across multiple market categories and provides a Top 10 most fuel-efficient vehicle list for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and non-plug in vehicles.

    For those in the market for a new or used car, the Find-a-Car feature, as well as the Find-a-Car app, allows users to search for and compare fuel efficiency data by class, make model, and year. EPA data on miles per gallon equivalent and estimated annual fuel cost are available for each vehicle. The Fuel Economy Guide provides this information for all vehicles dating back to 1984.

    Users can also track their own personal fuel economy through the My MPG tool or calculate the fuel cost for a road trip. Gas Mileage Tips provide specific savings for driving more efficiently and keeping your car in shape.  

    The MY 2018 Fuel Economy Guide is only available electronically (PDF). With the MY 2018 Fuel Economy Guide and FuelEconomy.gov, consumers have the tools and data available to save money on fuel, whether they are shopping for a new vehicle or making the most out of their current one. 


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    Webinar: Renewable Diesel and Biodiesel Blends for Fleets

    Stay inside and avoid the unpredictable winter weather.

    Avoid snow, sleet and traffic and just stay in (wear your slippers if you want). We won't judge. 

                            

    Free Webinar for Clean Cities Stakeholders

    Renewable Diesel and Biodiesel Blends for Fleets

    Thu, Feb 8, 2018 
    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM CST

    What can I do to meet sustainability goals and reduce fuel costs? Louisiana Clean Fuels and the  Center for Sustainable Energy invites you to a webinar where you will learn the secrets behind achieving both utilizing renewable diesel and biodiesel blends. The webinar will cover the fuel efficiency, cost, availability, OEM approval and quality aspects of the fuels. Project implementation will also be covered.

    Your Presenter:

    Troy Shoen, Sr. Manager of Marketing at REG | https://www.regi.com/

    Troy Shoen has been an expert in marketing various aspects of the advanced biofuels industry for the past seven years. For six years he managed marketing efforts for a biofuels feedstock and animal feed ingredient company before joining Renewable Energy Group as Senior Manager, Marketing in July 2015.

    He currently leads the efforts to promote the economic and value-added benefits of integrating biodiesel into distributor and retailer fuel programs.  

    Troy holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Iowa in addition to Bachelor Degrees in Journalism and Communication Studies.   

     

     

     

    This webinar is free to attend for all Clean Cities Stakeholders. No code required.

     

     


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    Attend the Energy Independence Summit 2018

    Make Plans to Attend the Energy Independence Summit 2018

    February 11-14, 2018 | Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel | Washington, DC

    The nation's premier clean transportation policy summit provides a critical opportunity to make sure the nation's policymakers understand the importance of maintaining federal support for clean transportation.  It will also be a key venue for the nation's Clean Cities Coalitions and leaders in the clean transportation industry to network and build partnerships with each other, and with key leaders in the Administration and Congress. Please take advantage of our Early Bird registration rates and Register Today.

    Considerable registration discounts are available for members of a Clean Cities coalition. Please contact Ann Vail at ann@louisianacleanfuels.org if you intend to register as a member of Louisiana CleanFuels.

    Please contact Ken Brown at Transportation Energy Partners at ken@akbstrategies.com or (202) 674-7777 if you have questions or would like additional information about the Summit. We look forward to seeing you in DC!


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    3 Ways Distilled Biodiesel Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

    “What are some benefits of distilled biodiesel?”


    The answer is as simple as 1, 2, 3 — the benefits wholesalers, retailers and fleets get with distilled biodiesel: 

    1. Superior cold weather performance
    2. Lower carbon intensity with decreased supply and price fluctuations through feedstock flexibility
    3. Easier blending
    Those are the top three benefits we’ll focus on in this article. If you want to take a deeper dive into the topic, including the science behind distillation, download our free white paper on distilled biodiesel.

    Superior cold weather performance

    Distilled biodiesel has advanced cold flow properties because distillation does a better job than other purification methods at removing minor components that can contribute to filter plugging. Far too often people think Cloud Point is the only thing that matters when using biodiesel in the cold. Even with a higher Cloud Point, distilled biodiesel can outperform undistilled low cloud biodiesel in cold weather.

    Feedstock flexibility

    The ability to create high-quality biodiesel from a variety of feedstocks — feedstock flexibility, as we call it at REG — has a couple of big advantages. One is it can provide more nimbleness in the commodity markets. If a particular feedstock is experiencing price or supply fluctuations, we can turn to another feedstock and know that our end product will still meet ASTM and customer specifications. This, of course, is good for our customers, too. 

    Another advantage of feedstock flexibility is the ability to make biodiesel from feedstocks such as animal fat, used cooking oil and inedible corn oil that can allow for lower carbon intensity (CI) scores. Carbon intensity is the measure of greenhouse gas emissions associated with producing and consuming a fuel. Some of the feedstocks with favorable CI scores can result in biodiesel with a higher Cloud Point, but with Cloud Point being less of an issue with a distilled product, users can get a fuel with lower carbon intensity that helps them reach sustainability goals and also performs well in cold weather. 

    So to recap, under this single benefit of feedstock flexibility comes several other advantages, including supply, price and sustainability. 

    Ease of blending

    You may be sensing a theme related to the removal of minor components in the distillation process — and it has yet another benefit. It helps create the purest type of biodiesel. A purer biodiesel means there are fewer minor components. Fewer minor components means less effort is required to fully mix the biodiesel molecules and petroleum diesel molecules. 

    Free white paper

    If you’d like to learn more about distilled biodiesel, including the distillation process and how it differs from the traditional method of purifying biodiesel, read this white paper. 


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