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To find out what CFN and Pacific Pride Cardlock costs, call Star Oilco and ask our sales representative for a quote.  Take a look at what a small business can gain with cardlock over giving their drivers unsecured credit cards.

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Biofuels Industry Surpasses Expectations with a Massive Production Rise

Based on the data, biomass-based diesel production has increased massively in the United States, including biodiesel, renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and heating oil. Biomass-based diesel was expected to produce 4 billion gallons in 2023. Biofuel production and use increased by one billion gallons from last year to this year, which is a big jump. As a result of this achievement, a breakthrough has been achieved. The industry has surpassed what the EPA once thought was impossible with the development of advanced biofuels derived from sustainable sources.

So the real question is, what if we don’t choose biodiesel or renewable diesel over petroleum diesel for our diesel engines?

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  • Biofuel production soared in 2023, exceeding EPA goals.

  • US biomass-based diesel production (biodiesel, renewable diesel, SAF, heating oil) reached 4 billion gallons.

  • Biofuel production and use jumped by 1 billion gallons year-over-year.

Clean Fuel Industry Beats Regulations in Decarbonization Push

While the Clean Fuels Alliance urged the EPA to set even more ambitious goals, like increasing biomass-based diesel production by 500 million gallons a year over the next three years, the EPA has taken a more conservative approach. Regulations aren’t keeping up with the industry, but it’s not waiting for them. Clean fuels are becoming more accessible and heavy-duty transportation fuels used by aviation and maritime are getting decarbonized. The industry has shown its ability to grow quickly and sustainably thanks to this collaborative effort.

  • Clean Fuels Alliance pushed for aggressive EPA goals: 500 million gallons annual increase in biomass-based diesel production for 3 years.

  • EPA’s finalized standards took a cautious approach.

  • Oil and gas producers, refiners, distributors, and retailers don’t have to wait for strict regulations to act (producers, refiners, distributors, retailers).
  • Industry collaboration demonstrates the potential for rapid, sustainable growth.

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Despite this year’s achievements, the Clean Fuels Alliance remains focused on the future. There’s so much potential in sustainable biofuels that we think the EPA hasn’t tapped into yet. Supporting biodiesel, renewable diesel, and SAF production can help achieve clean energy progress.

In reality, why wouldn’t we make the switch to lower our carbon emissions today?

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Renewable Diesel Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Every Question we have been asked about Renewable Diesel

What is renewable diesel?

Renewable diesel is a synthetic diesel fuel, known for it’s lower CO2 characteristics, typically seeing purity and real world performance response superior to petroleum diesel fuel.  Renewable diesel is a next generation hydrocarbon diesel biofuel made by either the Fischer-Tropsch or Hydrogenation processes.

Hydrogenated renewable diesel is made by taking fats, oils, and greases by use of a hydro-treater.  The biomass based oil or fat is cracked and reformed in the presence of hydrogen and  catalyst forming a hydrocarbon diesel molecule.

Fischer-Tropsch renewable diesel is used by converting any btu dense feedstock (wood waste, woody biomass, municipal garbage, coal, and an endless list of low value waste products into syngas, then converting this into a wax that is reformed into hydrocarbon diesel.

Can Renewable Diesel be used as Heating Oil?

Yes.  Renewable Diesel is a synthetic hydrocarbon diesel fuel.  It can be used interchangeably with petroleum diesel products of similar grade. Heating Oil is typically number 2 diesel which is the same specification as Dyed R99 Renewable Diesel (or blends of Renewable Diesel with petroleum diesel).   Star Oilco now offers R99 Heating Oil delivered in the Portland metro region area of Oregon.

Most modern oil heat appliances use a Becket Burner.  For more on heating fuel compatibility with oil furnaces and oil burning appliance please see “Alternative Fuels and Becket Burners” for more information.

Why do people use renewable diesel over petroleum diesel?

Fleet managers operating R99 Renewable Diesel report a lower mechanical cost of operation using the fuel.  Beyond the immediate benefit of R99 cutting CO2 emissions by half or more, fleets experience performance benefits from the fuel.  The big savings are seen the the performance of Tier 4 Emission systems on modern diesel seeing far less wear of the Diesel Particulate Filter system as well as far fewer regenerations of the system.  Additionally Renewable Diesel is a very clean and dry diesel fuel improving the storage stability, field operation, and general predictability of the fuel’s performance.

How do I know Renewable Diesel is being sold at a retail location?

Renewable Diesel is a hydrocarbon diesel that meets the specification for petroleum diesel known as ASTM D975 specification.  This means currently R99 can be readily blended and sold with petroleum diesel without a disclosure.  The US Federal Trade Commission and local state Weights and Measures have rules for retail pump labeling.  Blend percentages of biomass based diesel must be labeled especially if being advertised.  As R99 Renewable Diesel has a higher value and is sought out by many consumers though usually it is disclosed.  The pump labeling for R99 Renewable Diesel typically looks like the below.

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What is renewable diesel made of?

Renewable diesel can be made from a host of things, usually a low value waste product. The most common feedstock used currently is waste vegetable oil, wastes from animal rendering, and other biologically derived oils. Processes using bio-oils are following a Hydrogenation process to turn low value waste oils into high value diesel and jet fuel.

Chevron Renewable Energy Group and Diamond Green Diesel (Diamond Green is in a joint venture with Valero) are the largest producer of renewable diesel with their REG Ultra Clean Diesel product in the United States. Neste is the largest producer of renewable diesel internationally, with its “Neste My” product.  being the two largest producers of low CO2 bio-oil derived renewable diesel fuels.

Major petroleum refiners have also turned around existing petroleum refineries into Renewable Diesel Refineries to produce this in demand low CO2 fuel. HF Sinclair , Marathon, Phillips 66, and Montana Renewables. There are quite a few newer Renewable Diesel projects planned and in progress around the United States as well as in the Pacific Northwest.

Other refiners of renewable diesel (on a much smaller scale of production) are using a Fischer-Tropsch process with wood waste, sorted higher grade municipal garbage, and other high btu value carbon based waste products.  Many expect this to technology to be the future of all diesel and jet fuel refining turning refuse into fungible low carbon fuel.

What is renewable hydrocarbon diesel?

Renewable hydrocarbon diesel is a synthetic diesel fuel made from non-petroleum feedstocks like vegetable oil, animal fats, municipal waste, agricultural biomass, and woody biomass. It is characterized by having a low CO2 and renewable resource for its feedstock and is made without crude petroleum, coal, or natural gas as a direct feedstock input in the refining process.

How do they make renewable diesel?

Renewable diesel is made by several processes. If you are buying renewable diesel, it is probably from a Hydrogenation process used by Renewable Energy Group and Neste for their products. Other smaller volume producers are using a Fischer-Tropsch process or Fast Pyrolysis. Both processes involve taking energy dense molecules, cracking those molecules under heat and pressure, then reforming them in the presence of a catalyst and added hydrogen, which forms a renewable diesel molecule.

Is renewable diesel a lower carbon fuel compared to petroleum diesel?

Yes, to this point all renewable diesel made from renewable feedstocks have appeared to be a lower CO2 fuel compared to petroleum diesels. The California Air Research Board in particular has done research on this in depth.

The low CO2 lifecycle emissions of Renewable Diesel also is tracked closely and supervised by California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Washington’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. The highest value markets for low CO2 fuels in the United States are California and Oregon, which both have mechanisms that track and price the CO2 intensity of diesel fuels as well as the sustainable lower CO2 substitutes and blend-stocks that can go in those diesels. They track, rate, and determine the carbon intensity of the fuels providing a neutral and scientifically defensible number for CO2 reduction.

Is renewable diesel available in Oregon?

Renewable diesel is readily available for delivery from Star Oilco throughout the Pacific Northwest via 10,000 gallon volumes of bulk delivery.   Star Oilco is also offering bulk delivery of any size and mobile onsite fueling service within 100 miles of the Portland, Oregon market.

Star Oilco has R99 Renewable Diesel available with a Star Oilco CFN Cardlock card in Portland, Oregon.

What is the difference between biodiesel and renewable diesel?

Biodiesel and renewable diesel are very different fuels made with very different processes. In a nutshell, biodiesel is made with a simple chemical reaction that turns vegetable and animal fats into fuel. Renewable diesel is made from far more complicated process where vegetable and animal fats (as well as other feedstocks) are cracked on a molecular level and built back into synthetic diesel fuel.

What is the difference between renewable diesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel?

The difference between the fuels is the specific gravity and general specification for what the fuel is used for. Jet fuel, or Sustainable Aviation Fuel, and on-road diesel fuel are different fuels and therefore have different specifications. Renewable diesel is typically referring to a #2 diesel specification for on road diesel use.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel or “SAF” is typically referring to “Jet A” or “JP8” jet fuel specification for fuel. This is a #1 diesel range fuel with use and handling requirements that are far more stringent than for on-road or off-road diesel fuels. Renewable jet fuel can be used as a kerosene or #1 diesel fuel but renewable diesel cannot be used as a jet fuel.

Where do I buy renewable diesel in Oregon or Washington?

Renewable Diesel is currently available for bulk delivery and mobile onsite fueling. It will soon be offered at commercial cardlock in the Portland area. It is being sold as R99 and as Ultra Clean Diesel, which is a mixture of biodiesel, renewable diesel, and petroleum diesel.

What is R99?

R99 stands for 99% renewable diesel and 1% petroleum diesel.  Federal rules over alternative diesel fuels made fuels requires that manufacturers of non-petroleum derived diesel fuels must blend a minimum 1% petroleum with the fuel to generate a Renewable Industry Number or “RIN” under the US Federal Renewable Fuel Standard. Additionally there are other incentives that require a “blender of record” to receive these tax credits.

Is renewable diesel being made in Oregon?

As of Spring 2022, renewable diesel is not being manufactured in Oregon. There is a major projects underway, Next Renewable Fuels in Port Westward, Oregon.

What is renewable diesel made from?

Renewable diesel can be made from many energy dense carbon based material.  By volume of produced product sold in the United States, vegetable oils and animal fat-based wastes are the most common feedstock. Woody biomass, agricultural wastes, and sorted municipal wastes are also sources for renewable diesel production.

Is renewable diesel made from palm oil?

Palm oil can be used as a feedstock for renewable diesel. There are producers who use palm oil as a feedstock. In the United States, feedstocks and carbon intensity are tracked closely under both Oregon and California’s fuel programs.  You can determine if a supplier is using palm oil as a feedstock through these regulated pathways.

How much does renewable diesel cost?

This is a tough question to answer given there are several markets intersecting.  From the feedstocks to the market demand for the finished product as well as both California and Oregon’s Clean Fuel Standards which place a price on the CO2 intensity of the fuel which reduces the cost of the fuel if consumed in Oregon and California.

It has consistently been trending between the same cost and over $1 a gallon higher than petroleum diesel depending on the state, you buy renewable diesel in. In California, renewable diesel is very close to petroleum diesel depending on the value of CO2 credits for lower-carbon fuels. In Oregon, it has consistently been between $.05 to $.80 a gallon higher than diesel also depending on the value of CO2 abatement associated with the fuel and what these carbon credits are trading for.

When petroleum diesel costs are high Renewable Diesel tends to be more competitive with petroleum diesel.  When petroleum diesel is below $3 a gallon the cost of Renewable Diesel by comparison is usually higher unless CO2 credits are in higher than normal demand for Clean Fuels Program demands.

Can you mix petroleum diesel and renewable diesel?

Yes. Renewable diesel and petroleum diesel can be blended in any mixture without worry. They are drop-in substitutes for each other in your fleet’s use.  Renewable Diesel is a drop-in fuel. It is a hydrocarbon diesel that will work mixed with diesel or biodiesel blends of petroleum diesel.

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Don’t just fill up, power up: Diesel Quality Matters

There are different grades of diesel fuel just like gasoline, and they can have a big impact on your vehicle’s performance, efficiency, and longevity. Quality diesel offers substantial benefits for your hard-working trucks, even when price is a major factor.

Clean Diesel: A Boost for Your Engine and the Environment

High-quality fuel goes beyond just powering your engine, unlike standard diesel. Like TOP TIER gasoline, premium diesel has enhanced cleaning additives. As a result, you’ll see a range of benefits that directly impact your vehicle’s performance, efficiency, and even your wallet. Let’s take a look at clean diesel’s advantages.

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  • Improved Performance: Clean fuel ignites readily, giving your engine a noticeable power boost and smoother operation.

  • Enhanced Fuel Economy: Every drop counts! Clean diesel allows you to travel farther on a single tank.

  • Reduced Emissions: Be eco-friendly – cleaner burning translates to less smoke and pollutants in the air.

  • Extended Engine Life: Protect your investment! High-quality diesel reduces wear and tear on your engine components, saving you money on repairs down the road.

Understanding Diesel Quality

Two key factors determine diesel quality: the cetane number and the sulfur content. The cetane number tells you how easily fuel ignites, like a spark plug’s rating. Higher cetane numbers mean smoother starts, less knocking, and better performance – essential for modern diesel engines that typically need 40 or higher cetane ratings. Sulfur, however, can damage emissions systems and engine components if too much is used as a lubricant. These days, sulfur content is capped at ultra-low levels (Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel or ULSD), ensuring cleaner engines.

  • Cetane Number: This number indicates how easily fuel ignites. Higher cetane numbers mean smoother starts, less engine knocking, and better overall performance. Modern diesel engines typically require a 40 cetane rating.

  • Sulfur Content: Sulfur acts as a lubricant in diesel fuel, but excessive levels can harm emissions systems and engine components. Modern regulations limit sulfur content to ultra-low levels (Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel or ULSD).
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Beyond the Pump: The Long-Term Value of High-Quality Diesel

While price at the pump is important, don’t let it overshadow high-quality diesel’s long-term value. Clean fuel isn’t just about saving money; it’s about keeping your car healthy. Clean diesel unlocks a bunch of benefits: a smoother ride and more power, better fuel economy that lets you go farther on each tank, fewer emissions so you don’t have to worry about air pollution, and a longer engine life, so you don’t have to spend money on repairs. Do you want to feel the difference? The next step is to find a good diesel provider. Thanks to enhanced cleaning additives, many stations prioritize clean diesel. Discover how clean diesel can improve your vehicle’s performance, efficiency, and longevity by researching stations near you.

Imagine a scenario where cleaner diesel offered similar performance and reliability to regular diesel. What other factors might still prevent you from making the switch?

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Why Construction Job Sites Need A Fueling Service

Here are some fuel-saving tips that a fuel delivery company can offer to their construction customers to help them save money on fuel.  

Why Construction Job Sites Need A Fueling Service 

It can be frustrating to waste time and lose productivity on your Portland construction site due to refueling. Eliminate those headaches with an on-site fuel delivery service. This can save your crew valuable time spent waiting in gas station lines or running errands. This leads to increased efficiency and productivity.  

Could you imagine how much more productivity your team will have on the job site by having less trips to refueling their equipment at nearby gas stations?

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  • On-site fuel delivery services eliminate time waiting in gas station lines or running errands for fuel. 
  • This translates into increased efficiency and productivity on your Portland construction site. 

Reduced Costs

In today’s competitive construction environment, keeping costs down is crucial. An on-site fuel delivery service can be a game-changer for your Portland-based projects. Eliminate wasted time and money traveling to gas stations. Fuel can be delivered directly to your job site, minimizing downtime and keeping your team focused on productivity. As a result, bulk fuel pricing through our service often translates to significant cost savings compared to pump prices at retail stations. Besides saving on fuel, you’ll also save on wear and tear on your vehicles and labor costs. 

  • No more wasted time traveling to gas stations. Fuel gets delivered directly to your site, keeping your crew focused on the job.
  • Bulk fuel prices are often cheaper than retail pump prices.
  • Saves on wear and tear on company vehicles and labor costs associated with refueling. 
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Improved Safety

In the fast-paced world of construction, safety is paramount. On-site fuel delivery services solve this problem by eliminating gas station travel. This reduces the risk of road hazards, spills during transport, and fuel transfer dangers on-site. Our trained professionals handle everything, ensuring safe and efficient refueling that keeps your workers focused on what they do best – building your project. 

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  • Eliminate travel to gas stations, reducing road hazards. 
  • Trained professionals handle fuel delivery, minimizing spill chances during transport and on-site transfer. 
  • Keep workers focused on construction tasks with sage and efficient on-site refueling. 

Convenience and Streamlined Operations 

Your Portland construction site will be more efficient and you’ll spend less time at the gas station. An on-site fuel delivery service eliminates wasted time and keeps your crew focused on what matters most – building. Forget about wasting valuable worker hours on refueling trips. Fuel delivery minimizes downtime and maximizes productivity.  

  • Eliminate wasted trips to the gas station and keep your workers focused on construction. 
  • On-site fuel delivery ensures minimal disruption to your schedule, maximizing project efficiency. 
  • Forget refueling – fuel delivery frees up valuable worker hours for what truly matters – building. 

Ultimately, by implementing an on-site fuel delivery service, construction companies can experience a multitude of benefits. From increased efficiency and cost savings to improved safety and streamlined operations, a reliable fuel delivery partner can empower your crew to focus on what truly matters – building exceptional projects. 

How could saving your team from making extra trips to nearby gas stations to refuel their equipment NOT help save time, improve productivity and speed up your project deadlines?

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Why Business Owners Should Use Fuel Cards for Business Operations

Business owners typically consider these factors when deciding between a fuel card and a credit card for their fleet. 

Control Over Spending 

Fuel cards offer additional control as they restrict purchases to fuel and specific stations. Credit cards allow for multiple purchases, making expense tracking more challenging. This level of detail makes it possible for better budgeting and financial planning. Cardlock programs allow spending limits on individual cards. This provides an extra layer of control over fuel expenses, preventing employees from exceeding the designated budget. 

Imagine having full control over card spending with automatic limits so you can continue to focus on your business operations without managing your fuel expenses.

Fuel cards: 

  • Limit purchases to fuel only. 
  • Restrict use to specific stations. 

Credit cards: 

  • Allow for various purchases beyond fuel. 
  • Make expense tracking harder. 
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Fuel discounts 

Fuel cards often come with discounts at participating stations, reducing fuel costs. Credit cards may offer reward points, but these could have less value than fuel discounts. With a fuel card, you get a discount right away, which can be several cents or even more per gallon. That can add up quickly depending on how much you drive. With a credit card, reward points may have a waiting period or expire after a certain amount of time. Additionally, fuel cards are typically easier to use than credit cards, as they are accepted at more gas stations. 

Fuel cards: 

  • Offer immediate discounts at participating fuel stations. 
  • Discounts can be significant (several cents or more per gallon), leading to substantial savings with high fleet fuel consumption. 
  • Wide network of participating stations ensures easy access to discounts. 

Credit cards: 

  • Reward points may offer less value than fuel card discounts. Earning points often translates to minimal gas discounts. 
  • Points typically come with restrictions like redemption minimums, blackout dates, and limitations on usable items. 
  • Using points often requires extra effort compared to automatic fuel card discounts. 

Data and tracking 

Fuel cards provide detailed data on fuel purchases, driver behavior, and fuel efficiency. Credit cards offer less data, making it more difficult to identify trends and optimize fleet operations. With a fuel card, companies can track individual driver behavior, such as what fuel stations they use, how much they purchase, and how often they make stops. They can also compare this data with other fleets to identify trends and areas for improvement. With a credit card, companies must rely on self-reported data, which can be unreliable and make it difficult to make informed decisions about fleet operations. 

Fuel cards: 

  • Track fuel purchases (date, time, location, amount, gallons). 
  • Reveal driver behavior patterns (frequent stops, refueling times, locations). 
  • Enable monitoring of fuel efficiency (by tracking fuel use vs. mileage). 

Credit cards: 

  • Limited data (total amount spent, merchant name). 
  • Hindering identification of fuel usage trends. 
  • Make it difficult to optimize fleet operations (due to lack of driver and efficiency data). 

How could a fuel card help you better manage your fuel tracking and expenses automatically to save time and money for your business operations and your bottom line?

Security 

Fuel cards typically have PIN verification and spending limits, minimizing fraud risk. Credit cards can be misused for unauthorized purchases. Additionally, fuel cards are more secure than credit cards because they are not linked to a bank account, limiting the amount of money that can be withdrawn. On top of that, fuel cards are easier to track and monitor than credit cards, making it easier to identify any suspicious activity.  

Fuel cards typically have PIN verification and spending limits, minimizing fraud risk. Credit cards can be misused for unauthorized purchases. Additionally, fuel cards are more secure than credit cards because they are not linked to a bank account, limiting the amount of money that can be withdrawn. On top of that, fuel cards are easier to track and monitor than credit cards, making it easier to identify any suspicious activity.  

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Saving Money On Rising Fuel Costs

Here are some fuel-saving tips that a fuel delivery company can offer to their construction customers to help them save money on fuel.  

Optimize Routes and Schedules 

Plan deliveries to minimize travel distances and combine multiple stops whenever possible. This will reduce fuel and time costs and emissions from vehicles. Additionally, it will increase efficiency by reducing wait times and allowing for more deliveries to be made.

Reduced Costs & Environmental Impact: 

  • Minimize travel distances and combine deliveries to save on fuel and related expenses. 
  • This strategy also reduces emissions from our delivery vehicles, contributing to a greener future. 
  • Enhance your efficiency. By combining stops, we streamline delivery routes, reducing wait times and allowing for more deliveries in a shorter amount of time. 

Promote Proper Equipment Maintenance 

Every minute counts on a construction site, but even short breaks can lead to unnecessary engine idling. Idling not only wastes fuel and increases costs, but also contributes to air pollution. With Portland’s new fossil-based diesel fuel restrictions within city limits, with the larger effort to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, this is a great time to consider how your business operations can reduce its fuel consumption and overall work to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. To promote a more environmentally friendly work environment and keep fuel costs down, employees should work together to discourage idling. A simple yet powerful solution is to remind workers to completely shut down engines during breaks, no matter how short. This small step can significantly reduce our overall fuel consumption and create a cleaner, healthier site for everyone. 

Idle Reduction: 

  • Even short breaks can lead to unnecessary engine idling, wasting fuel and increasing costs. 
  • Idling also contributes to air pollution, impacting the environment and worker health. 

Simple Solution, Big Impact: 

  • To promote a cleaner, more cost-effective worksite, all employees should work together to discourage idling. 
  • Remind workers to completely shut down engines during breaks, no matter how short. 
  • This small step can significantly reduce fuel consumption and create a healthier environment for everyone. 

Invest in Fuel-Efficient Equipment 

Consider upgrading to newer equipment models known for better fuel economy. By investing in fuel-efficient equipment, businesses can reduce their fuel costs and reduce their carbon footprint, as newer machines tend to be more fuel-efficient. Plus, newer models tend to have fewer parts and are more reliable, so businesses can expect to spend less on maintenance and repairs. 

Upgrading to fuel-efficient equipment: 

  • Reduces fuel costs for construction projects. 
  • Lowers a company’s carbon footprint by minimizing emissions. 

Newer equipment: 

  • Has fewer parts, simplifying maintenance needs. 
  • They also tend to be more reliable, leading to less downtime and repair expenses. 

Train Operators on Fuel-Saving Techniques

Operators should be trained on fuel-efficient driving habits, like avoiding excessive acceleration and maintaining steady speeds. Regular maintenance is crucial for fuel-efficient equipment as it ensures optimal performance and fuel efficiency. Maintenance services include regular engine tune-ups, oil changes, and air filter replacements, all of which contribute to better fuel economy. Additionally, regular maintenance helps to detect and fix any potential issues that may impact fuel efficiency, such as clogged or dirty fuel systems or faulty sensors, ultimately prolonging the life of the equipment and maximizing its fuel savings potential. 

Fuel-Efficient Operation: 

  • Avoid rapid acceleration and maintain steady speeds for optimal fuel economy. 

Regular Maintenance for Efficiency: 

  • Schedule routine engine tune-ups, oil changes, and air filter replacements. 

Identify & Fix Issues Early:  

  • Regularly check for clogged fuel systems, faulty sensors, and other potential issues. 
  • Early detection saves fuel and extends the equipment’s lifespan. 

Save Money with a Cardlock Fuel Card

Take control of your fueling operations and put money back in your pocket with a convenient cardlock fuel card program. Cardlock fuel cards are an easy way to track and manage fuel purchases. You save money and time by eliminating manual recordkeeping and billing. Plus, you can monitor fuel usage and get real-time reports. 

By applying these fuel-saving strategies, construction companies can experience significant cost reductions and environmental benefits. From optimizing delivery routes and promoting mindful equipment operation to regular maintenance practices, every step counts. 

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How does mobile cardless pay work with Pacific Pride & CFN?

Pacific Pride offers a mobile cardless pay option through their app, PRIDE PAY.

With PRIDE PAY, drivers can initiate fueling directly from the app at participating Pacific Pride locations without a physical card.

Here’s how it works: 

Download and install the PRIDE PAY app on your mobile device.

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Sign in using your Pacific Pride account credentials.

Locate a participating Pacific Pride station within the app.

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Once at the station, initiate fueling through the app, responding to any prompts for authorization.

Fuel your vehicle and complete the transaction directly through the app.

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There are many Pacific Pride fueling locations throughout the United States and Canada. There are over 1,400 locations in total, and that number is still growing. You can find Pacific Pride stations in a variety of places, including truck stops, convenience stores, and travel plazas. Since Pacific Pride locations are independently owned and operated, not all services are available at all locations. It’s always a good idea to call ahead to confirm amenities offered at a station.   

Mobile cardless payment systems, also known as contactless payment, can improve your business’s bottom line and efficiency in several ways:  

Faster Checkout Time: Mobile payments are faster. This reduces checkout times, keeps lines moving, and improves the customer experience.  

Reduced Costs: Less time spent processing payments translates to lower labor costs. Additionally, mobile payments eliminate manual cash handling, reducing errors and costs.  

Increased Sales: Faster checkouts can lead to higher customer satisfaction and impulse purchases.   

Improved Cash Flow: Transactions are settled electronically, which means you receive funds faster than checks or waiting for credit card payments to clear.   

Enhanced Security: Mobile cardless payments use secure authentication, where a unique digital identifier is used instead of your actual card details. This reduces fraud risk compared to physical cards.  

Data & Sales Insights: One of the benefits of mobile payments is that they provide you with data and insights into your sales activity.   

Operational Efficiency: Mobile payment systems can streamline back-office operations by simplifying record-keeping and reconciliation.  

Accessibility: Mobile cardless payments are convenient for businesses and customers.   

PRIDE PAY offers many benefits like convenience, security, and potential fuel discounts. Remember to check with your Pacific Pride account manager for details and ensure your company account is enrolled in the program. 

An additional bonus is the ability to track multiple drivers, companies can gain insights into their routes, driving behavior, and travel times. This allows for better coordination, improved time management, and reduced fuel consumption. Additionally, tracking helps to identify inefficiencies and areas for improvement in the overall transportation process, leading to cost savings and reduced paperwork through automated reporting. 

In the end, this advanced tracking system goes beyond simple location monitoring, transforming fleet management into a data-driven operation that optimizes efficiency, cuts costs, and streamlines the entire transportation process. 

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Benefits of Using Cardlock Fuel Cards

Cardlock accounts offer a multitude of benefits for businesses, particularly those with fleets of vehicles that require regular fueling. Benefits to using cardlock for your business include reducing fuel costs, improving fuel management, reducing potential fraud risks, creating more convenience and efficiencies and allowing a more enhanced tax compliance.  

  1. Reduced Fuel Costs:
    Cardlock accounts often provide businesses with access to discounted fuel prices, which can lead to significant savings over time. Additionally, cardlock accounts can help businesses track fuel usage and identify areas where they can reduce fuel consumption.

  2.  Improved Fuel Management:
    Cardlock accounts provide businesses with detailed fuel usage data, which can be used to track individual driver behavior, identify unauthorized fuel usage, and optimize fuel routing. This data can also be used to negotiate better fuel rates with suppliers.
  3. Reduced Fraud Risk:
    Cardlock accounts offer multiple security features, such as PIN numbers, purchase limits, and real-time transaction monitoring, which can help prevent unauthorized fuel usage and fraud.
  4. Convenience and Efficiency:
    Cardlock accounts allow businesses to refuel their vehicles quickly and efficiently, without the need for cash or credit card transactions. This can help reduce downtime and improve productivity.
  5. Enhanced Tax Compliance:
    Cardlock accounts provide businesses with detailed fuel usage records, which can be helpful for tax reporting and compliance purposes.
     

Meet Maria…

Maria’s trucking company was struggling. Juggling invoices from dozens of gas stations, monitoring driver fuel spends, and fighting fraudulent charges all felt like navigating a minefield. The chaos ate into Maria’s bottom line, making every mile driven feel like a gamble. Maria was initially hesitant about applying for a cardlock account but eventually took the plunge. Her skepticism soon gave way to relief. No more crumpled up receipts. Now there’s clear consolidated bills detailing every gallon pumped, by which driver and in which truck.

Benefits to help Maria’s bottom line came one by one, including most cost control, higher security, streamlined efficiency and greater convenience. But the most unexpected benefit was control. Maria could set spending limits for each driver, track routes in real-time, and even deactivate cards instantly if anything seemed amiss. This empowered her drivers, making them feel part of a responsible team, not just gas-guzzling liabilities. Maria, once consumed by spreadsheets and anxieties, finally had room to breathe and watch her trucks roar down the highway, fueled by efficiency and an extra touch of security.

Why businesses choose cardlock accounts for their operations. 

Fuel Cost Savings

  • Discounted fuel prices: Cardlock account holders often receive discounted fuel prices from participating fuel stations. These discounts can be based on factors such as fuel volume, account history, and payment terms.
     
  • Fuel usage tracking: Cardlock accounts provide detailed fuel usage data, which can help businesses identify areas where they can reduce fuel consumption. This data can be used to develop fuel-efficient driving practices and optimize fuel routing. 

Improved Fuel Management 

  • Individual driver tracking: Cardlock accounts allow businesses to track fuel usage by individual driver, which can help identify drivers who are using excessive amounts of fuel. This data can be used to provide targeted driver training and coaching.
  • Unauthorized fuel usage prevention: Cardlock accounts offer multiple security features, such as PIN numbers, purchase limits, and real-time transaction monitoring, which can help prevent unauthorized fuel usage.
  • Fuel routing optimization: Cardlock accounts can be used to identify the most cost-effective fuel stations for each vehicle, based on factors such as fuel price, location, and fuel quality. 

Reduced Fraud Risk 

  • PIN numbers: Cardlock accounts require drivers to enter a PIN number before fueling, which helps prevent unauthorized access to cards.
  • Purchase limits: Cardlock accounts can be set up with purchase limits, which can help prevent drivers from making excessive purchases.
  • Real-time transaction monitoring: Cardlock accounts provide real-time transaction monitoring, which allows businesses to identify suspicious activity immediately. 

Convenience and Efficiency 

  • 24/7 access: Cardlock stations are typically open 24/7, which allows businesses to refuel their vehicles at any time of day or night.
  • Automated payment: Cardlock accounts allow businesses to pay for fuel automatically, which eliminates the need for cash or credit card transactions.
  • Reduced downtime: Cardlock accounts can help reduce downtime by allowing businesses to refuel their vehicles quickly and efficiently. 

Enhanced Tax Compliance 

  • Detailed fuel usage records: Cardlock accounts provide detailed fuel usage records, which can be helpful for tax reporting and compliance purposes.
  • Automated tax reporting: Some cardlock account providers offer automated tax reporting services, which can help businesses save time and money. 

Contact Star Oilco to discuss opening a cardlock account to benefit your business operations and impact your bottom line in savings, security and efficiency. Already have an account? You can shop your fuel bill by allowing us to do a cost comparison to identify cost savings by switching today.  

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What Are the Rules for Getting a Pacific Pride or CFN Card in Oregon?

What are the rules for getting a Pacific Pride and CFN Cardlock Card in Oregon?

Star Oilco is a proud independent Franchisee of Pacific Pride

Pacific Pride fueling is a wholesale cost plus way to buy fuel.  With the crazy market conditions getting 24 hour access to fuel has a renewed appeal to both individuals as well as businesses.  Today the price difference between retail gas stations and wholesale prices at CFN and Pacific Pride sites in part of the state of Oregon provides a huge price value for small businesses.  Add to that the convenience of getting out of gas lines and being able to fuel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year is a big value add for commercial cardlock over retail gas stations.

Pacific Pride and CFN cardlock both use a cost plus from the commercial wholesale rack prices to determine what you pay for fuel.

Avoid the volatility of retail credit card mark up with a cost plus agreement and a Star Oilco cardlock card.

Call Star Oilco and ask for a representative quote to see what CFN and Pacific Pride Cardlock costs compared to other fleet cards used at retail gas stations charging a credit card mark up.  Also look at what a small business can benefit from with the security features of cardlock over giving your drivers unsecured credit cards.

Many small businesses wonder what it takes to use a stand-alone cardlock location. As wages rise, the cost of full serve retail gas stations rise too. In contrast, stand-alone commercial fueling stations have little wait and 24 hour access, which save business owners time and money. Star Oilco makes it easy to set up with Pacific Pride in Oregon.

Self-serve diesel fueling is legal in Oregon.

Self-serve gasoline is restricted in Oregon.

Here are the rules for self-serve gasoline in Oregon.

Oregon has legalized the option for any consumer to fuel their own car at a gas station. But a 24-7 stand alone self serve gasoline option like cardlock is not legal in Oregon without a business license or purpose.  So though you can pump your own gasoline at a retail gas station, you cannot use commercial cardlock without being a business.

Diesel is legal for self serve throughout the state of Oregon. Gasoline is restricted in the more populated counties of Oregon except in certain cases. Commercial fleet fueling is one of the exemptions allowed, enabling a business to get its drivers out of gas lines and cut the labor wasting wait at retail gas stations.

Self-serve diesel has always been legal in Oregon and often cheaper at a commercial cardlock throughout the state. Anyone in Oregon who only uses diesel can get a Pacific Pride or CFN card for personal use.

Gasoline, on the other hand, has some rules that are regularly enforced. Self-serve gasoline is allowed in several rural counties in Oregon outside of the I-5 corridor. Self-serve gasoline in the more populated parts of Oregon is available at a retail gas station only if they offer full serve during business hours.

If you operate a company vehicle, commercial cardlock is the best way to upgrade your fleet security from fuel theft and seize control of corporate and small business fleet fueling. We can serve your business all around the United States. In Oregon though, gasoline is not legally dispensed without a few required safety precautions.

For commercial uses, Pacific Pride, CFN, Comdata, Voyager and other Commercial Cardlock networks are allowed for businesses in Oregon. If you are fleet operator or an individual outside of Oregon, these requirements do not apply in your home state. If you substantially operate in Oregon, the state Fire Marshall will expect these rules to apply to you.

What are the rules for using commercial cardlock in Oregon?

  • Business purpose required for gasoline cardlock use in Oregon (not any other state).
  • If you are only using diesel, commercial cardlock is available to everyone (individuals and businesses).
  • If you are planning on fueling gasoline vehicles, you must be a business (or use it for commercial use).
  • To access gasoline at cardlock in Oregon, you must be able to prove that you use over 900 gallons of fuel a year.
  • To access gasoline at cardlock in Oregon, someone in your business must take a Oregon Fire Marshall Safety Test.
    • Message Star Oilco below for a copy of the Oregon Fire Marshall Safety Test

If you have questions about Pacific Pride, CFN, or other cardlock systems, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. Star Oilco has a long tradition of making cardlock easy for businesses large and small. In particular, we specialize in helping you secure fuel usage to eliminate fuel theft and reduce any chance or opportunity for thieves.

To get access to Pacific Pride and CFN locations in Oregon, the first step is to open an account with Star Oilco.

Message Star Oilco below to get started with opening an account to save time and money while fueling.

For more information about how to use commercial cardlock to secure your business from theft, please also check out Star Oilco’s white paper on knocking out fuel theft by implementing a No Tolerance Fuel Theft Policy in your business at www.NoMoreFuelTheft.com.

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Oregon Self Serve Gasoline

Oregon Governor Tina Kotek signs historic Consumer Choice (Self Serve) Gasoline bill.

Oregon legalizes self serve gasoline.

Self Serve Gasoline law awaits Governor’s Signature.

Oregon Self Serve Gasoline FAQs:

Q: Can I self serve gasoline at a cardlock location?
A: Not unless you are doing so for a commercial use. 

The Gas Self Serve bill requires for retailers to provide Full Serve as an option alongside Self Serve gasoline.  Diesel fuel can be self served and the general public can fuel themselves with diesel at a Commercial Cardlock now.  For gasoline customers, as cardlock does not offer full serve we can not open it up to the general public.  Commercial Cardlock is regulated by the Oregon State Fire Marshall who still requires a business purpose for self serving gasoline at a 24-7 stand alone cardlock.

Q: When does Self Serve become available at a retail gas station?
A: Friday August 5th, 2023 is when consumers can opt to fuel their own gasoline in Oregon. 

Q: What if I do not want to self serve my own gasoline?
A:  The new Self Serve gasoline rules in Oregon require that any retail gas station offering self serve also provide full serve. 

There must be well marked islands for Self Serve Gasoline and Full Serve gasoline service.  Anyone wanting full service will still have it as an option.  The law also requires that all sites have no more Self Serve fueling pumps as Full Serve fueling positions. So Full Service gasoline will be readily available at any site offering Self Serve gasoline.  The law also expressly requires that there is no difference in price between Full Serve and Self Serve gasoline.

Oregon Self Serve is Legal in Oregon State

Oregon Self Serve at retail gas stations is coming to consumers who want it.  The Oregon Legislature has passed HB2426, a law that would give consumers a choice if they want to serve their own gasoline at a retail gas station. This law is awaiting the Governor’s signature to be signed into law.

As the Legislature has adjourned, Governor Tina Kotek has 30 days from when the Bill was passed to sign it into law, veto it, or let it expire without signature.

 

THE HISTORY OF FULL SERVE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS IN OREGON

Oregon outlawed self serve gasoline in 1951.  The trend for self serve as a business model started in California.  The first self serve retail gas station was in 1947 in Los Angeles.  The restriction on serving your own gasoline had a basis in public safety and was not allowed by the Fire Codes in most states.   With the potential for large self serve gas stations coming Oregon made a decision to prevent the widespread adoption on a fire safety basis.

Inside the Oregon fuel industry there are anecdotal stories of the full serve mandate law coming from a coalition of consumers and local fuel sellers resisting bigger entrants to the market with huge numbers of fuel islands and few employees.  Full service gas was viewed as a competitive advantage for local gas stations that was also preferred by consumers.  In the 1980’s a few attempts were made to legalize self serve in Oregon and was resoundingly shot down by the public.  The growth of Oregon’s cardlock industry came out of this as business allowances were made for self serve gasoline with 24-7-365 access to fuel.

HB2426: SELF SERVE IS A CHOICE, NOT A REQUIREMENT

Talk to any longtime born and raised Oregonian, Full Serve Gas is a cherished right of Oregon residency.  This right will not be extinguished with this law.  Self Serve in the more populated parts of Oregon will require Full Serve as a choice.  The point of this law is to get wider service available for gas stations currently forced to close, operate at reduced island capacity, or reduced hours due to labor shortages.

BACKGROUND ON GASOLINE RETAIL IN OREGON:

Oregon has required gasoline be served by an attendant at retail gas stations.  Gasoline is a Class 1 Flammable Liquid.  Under a safety basis this fuel was restricted to only professionals and businesses to dispense it.  Diesel, which is a Class 3 Flammable Liquid because it catches fire at a higher temperature was not restricted from self serve.

In 2015 the more rural and less populated counties of Oregon were allowed to use self serve gasoline as a strategy to increase service hours at gas stations.  In 2017 this policy was expanded to more rural counties in Oregon.  The rules required options for full service gas service during predictable hours for those wanting or needing service.  During the COVID lock downs due to extreme labor shortages as well as fear of human contact self serve was allowed statewide.  With this House Bill 2426 all of Oregon can choose to serve gasoline themselves if they want.

HB2326 – THE OREGON SELF SERVE LAW:

HB 2326, as a statute, has a great deal of legal detail.  We have paraphrased and simplified the language of HB2326 as it relates to the self serve subject below:

A gas station selling gasoline at retail may not designate more than the same number
of fuel pumps for self-service as are available for full service.

Retail gas stations must:
Post signage clearly showing what fuel pumps are self serve and which are full service.

Designate at least one person to be available to pump fuel for those needing full service.

In the more populous counties of Oregon, any gas station must provide a Full Service attendant during any hours they offer the choice of self serve gasoline.

Gas stations opting to allow self serve fuel pumps cannot charge a different price for Full Service or Self Service gasoline at those pumps.

If you have any questions about Oregon’s Self Serve legal change please feel free to reach out to Star Oilco.  If we do not have the answer to your questions we will find it for you.