Firm Celebrates the Two-Year 80%-of-State Contract
It Will Fill with Its Neste-Supplied Nexgen RD99 Fuel,
Wins the Supply Contract for City of San Francisco Too
Golden Gate Petroleum has won a contact to supply California state vehicles with its RD99 renewable diesel, and has also won the contract for the City of San Francisco, which is trumpeting its complete changeover from petroleum-based diesel.
The agreement with the state “will convert one of the largest fleets in the U.S. to renewable diesel (RD99),” states a Golden Gate release. DGS, the California Department of General Services, ordered the switch to renewable diesel just this week.
In fiscal year 2014, San Francisco vehicles used 5.8 million gallons of diesel fuel, of which 4.9 million gallons was petroleum diesel.
‘San Francisco Has Ended Its Use of Petroleum Diesel’
“San Francisco has ended its use of petroleum diesel to fill up the City’s fleet of vehicles and will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality for our residents immediately today,” the City said today.
Golden Gate has established Nexgen Fuel to provide a range of renewable fuels, and has branded the first of them, renewable diesel, as NexDiesel.
Golden Gate’s product is supplied by Neste, which operates a renewable-based refinery in Singapore. Unlike conventional biodiesel, a methanol-process FAME/fatty acid methyl ester fuel that’s almost always used in blends, renewable diesel is made using hydrogen but with plant or animal oil feedstocks.
A 100% Drop-In Replacement
As such it is a 100% drop-in replacement, meeting the ASTM D975 diesel spec with a fraction of petroleum’s diesel’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“According to the California Air Resources Board, the full lifecycle emissions of carbon from renewable diesel produced from sustainable sources are more than 60% lower than either petroleum or B20 biodiesel,” the City of San Francisco explained in its Friday announcement.
“Chemically, renewable diesel is indistinguishable from petroleum diesel.”
Golden Gate Was First with Neste’s NEXBTL
Before the switch to renewable diesel, most of the San Francisco municipal fleet was using B20, which is 20% FAME biodiesel. The City said today that “1,966 vehicles that rely on diesel fuel are affected by this change. This change will completely end the use of petroleum diesel at the 53 City-run fueling facilities immediately.”
Golden Gate Petroleum, a 69-year-old petroleum and biofuel distributor, notes that was one of the first to market Neste’s NEXBTL brand renewable diesel in the U.S., making the fuel available to commercial fleets throughout California in early 2013.
Oakland and Walnut Creek
“Since bringing the fuel to market, Golden Gate Petroleum has converted many public and private fleets through raising awareness of this sustainable fuel,” the company says. Examples include Oakland (F&F, October 6) and Walnut Creek (F&F, September 11) in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Golden Gate says it’s “been experiencing a dramatic increase in demand for renewable diesel.
“To date,” the firm said Friday, “Golden Gate has sold over 60 million gallons of this low-carbon alternative fuel making a tremendous impact on air quality throughout California.”
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Source: Golden Gate / Nexgen Fuel with Fleets & Fuels follow-up